Spirituality

Building a Life of Prayer: How to Create a Lasting Habit of Prayer

Prayer can be an important part of any life, but it can be hard to build a lifelong habit of prayer. Even just getting started can seem intimidating, especially if you don’t have much time to devote to this practice every day. But creating and maintaining your prayer practice doesn’t have to be so difficult! Using these tips, you can build a life of prayer that works for you, no matter how busy you are or how little time you have in your day. You’ll soon be enjoying the benefits of this spiritual practice every day!

 Reasons Why Every Christian Should Pray

Praying does not have to be complicated and long. There are no rules for how long you should pray or when you should pray, so the only limit is your willingness. As a Christian, prayer is your most effective tool, it brings you closer to God and strengthens your relationship with Him.

 Prayer keeps us from giving up when times get tough because we are connected with God who loves us and gives us hope for the future. 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

This means that prayer can help keep hope alive even when it’s hard to see through the darkness. I understand that sometimes when we are going through challenges, we do lose the strength to pray as depression and anxiety may set in, but I want to remind you today that this hard time is a time you are supposed to be so strong and resist the devil from attacking your prayer life.

Reduce your alcohol intake or even stop it if possible

Drinking too much alcohol has a way of weakening your prayer life also, alcohol often leads to drunk driving accidents, risky sexual behavior, and other dangerous behaviors that can lead to trouble or even death. As Christians, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:19) and should not be defiled by substances that could lead to serious consequences.

Therefore by abstaining from drinking alcohol we are building a life of prayer! It might seem like an inconvenient lifestyle change at first but what are the benefits? Besides helping you to stay out of staying out of jail and helping others avoid fatal mistakes, it will give you more time to spend with friends and family, and in service to others.

You will also find yourself able to spend more time reading scriptures, praying spontaneously, and using your time more wisely because there will be less time spent doing things that distract from spirituality.

Also, read: Building a Consistent Prayer Life: How to Have a Daily Prayer Life

Be determined to build a lasting habit of prayer

If you really want to build a lasting habit of prayer, you must have to find you why, the reason you’re doing this matters because it’s the thing that will get you through the difficult times and keep you going and pushing on. And remember not to be so much in a hast about it, you must learn how to be patient when you are building up your prayer life.

 Take gradual steps towards this progress as you have it in mind that it does not work like magic, It’s with hard work, consistency, and dedication. It is going to be difficult and also take some time, but all good things come at the right time, so keep at it! Don’t let setbacks stop you from building and achieving consistency in building your prayer life.

 Life is messy and full of chaos, not everything is going to go exactly how we think or want it to, but if you stay focused on building a life of prayer that is rooted in Christ then these challenges will only make your life better and more powerful in the end. It is very important at a time like this to have hope for success and keep trying!

Just believe in yourself! You are able to do great things, even when it feels like you can’t. Building a life of prayer is important and worthwhile because the rewards are so incredible. Praying connects us with God who provides an eternal perspective for our lives.

 By taking action today and getting started on building your daily habit of prayer, you’ll see a difference in your heart and relationships quickly as well as over time. Consider taking it one person at a time, for example, find what prayer habits are working best for you and focus on those first. Also, set up triggers around your environment to remind you when it’s time to pray (such as putting a sign by your front door that says Pray before entering or hanging pictures of family members who support you).

Utilize tools such as Ever note, timers, smart alarms on your phone/computer, and meditation apps which will help set aside time for prayer each day so that it becomes part of your routine and doesn’t feel overwhelming anymore! Commit to praying every day even when you don’t feel like it; sometimes it takes feeling bad before we realize how much worse things could have been without Jesus in our lives.

How to do intercessory prayer

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A young lady praying

Simply put, intercessory prayer is a prayer for others. Praying for those in need can be done in various ways, such as giving thanks and expressing gratitude to God, asking for mercy or justice on behalf of another person, beseeching and petitioning God’s help on behalf of another person, repenting and confessing sins on behalf of another person.

 Intercessory prayer also includes praying to Christ while thinking about the needs that others have. One way this type of prayer is often practiced is through the Jesus Prayer:  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. The goal of this type of prayer is to fill your mind with thoughts about how much you need His Mercy while still focusing on those who are in need.

There are other ways you can intercede for others, another example would be telling people what you’re thankful for and why because it will remind them how well they have it even if they don’t realize it themselves. For instance, there might be someone at work who has been trying hard to get promoted but isn’t getting anywhere, and then one day he finds out that his co-worker just got promoted.

You could say something like Hey congrats! I’m so happy for you! I know it hasn’t been easy waiting so long. I was actually just talking to my boss today about how we want to make sure everyone gets promoted when they deserve it. If there’s anything else I can do to help you make sure you’re taken care of, let me know. It seems like some bosses forget that their employees care more than anything else.

Tips for daily bible reading

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A young man reading his bible

There are some different ways that you can use your Bible every day to build your prayer life, one way is reading in the morning, right before bed, during your lunch break, or anytime during the day when you are not distracted by other activities.

Another way is picking up a verse randomly and spending 10 minutes meditating on it. You could also choose five verses to read consecutively each day and study them more in-depth after you’ve read them. You could also choose a passage and spend an hour reflecting on it, writing about it, and answering questions about it at the end of your study time.

Reading your bible helps to connect you to the promises of God, it also helps to strengthen your prayer life by building your hope and your faith as you read through the promises of God for us His children.

Also: A Prayer for good Life: A complete guide to how you should pray

Summary

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A hand holding a rosary

A disciplined prayer life isn’t something that can be achieved overnight. It takes time and intentionality. For this reason, it’s important to create an environment where we make prayerful living natural. Setting up the right space in our home is one way to accomplish this. We might start by having designated times for prayer in the morning and evening, find ways to quiet ourselves during those times, focus on specific topics (such as gratitude), or even use certain holy objects like a Bible or rosary beads.

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