Spirituality

How to Build a Solid Prayer Life

What we do in prayer matters, but even more important than what we do is how well we pray. The Bible says that without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). So the question isn’t what should I pray for? But rather how can I develop faith in God and His promises? Here are some suggestions to help you to start building a solid prayer life.

Go Beyond Words

Building a Life of Prayer
The blessed candle is used for prayers

Prayer is something that should be done regularly, but not in an assembly line fashion. You can make a list of those you need to pray for, and then spend an allotted amount of time each day praying for them. If this is your first attempt at building a solid prayer life, you might set the timer for five minutes, with breaks every five minutes if necessary. After some time, you can increase the duration or number of days in which you do this exercise.

When praying, try to focus on God instead of yourself; it’s difficult when we’re only focused on our own needs and wants. It’s also important to keep communication lines open with Him; don’t wait until there’s a problem before talking to Him about what’s going on in your life.

Prayer is about being open-minded about where He leads us as we trust Him more; it isn’t just about asking for things you need from Him. We have to be willing and ready to give up things too because the truth is that there could be a lot of things that are holding us back from building and strengthening our relationship with God

Have Regular, Quiet Times

Having a quiet time
A young lady having a quiet time

Building a solid prayer life also starts with establishing regular and quiet times to go and pray. Choose the times of day that work best for you- morning, noon, or night, then establishing these consistent times will be instrumental in helping you build your relationship with God.

 Having five minutes, ten minutes or even twenty minutes at this time will show His love and provide your soul with what it needs most: If you don’t know how to start praying, try reading Psalms 23 aloud or one of the Gospel passages from John. You can also focus on one word from scripture and let it fill your mind as you take those few moments to pray.

Remember that there is no right way to do this; just whatever works best for you! Sometimes, I would really want to pray but I found out that within me, I may be so weak to pray at that particular moment, one thing I always do when I find myself in this condition is to stay right there on my bed and say my prayers in my heart.

 Stay Connected and Enthusiastic About God’s Word

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A young girl having A quiet time with God

You can stay connected with God’s Word and build a solid prayer life by making it your priority every day. Practice reading the Bible in its entirety each year, doing spiritual readings at least one time per week, and praying at least five times per day. These practices will help you learn more about God and allow him to speak wisdom into your life.

For a challenge, try reading through the Bible in less than six months. If you feel like something is holding you back from continuing these practices, remember that if there is anything that does not align with scripture or Jesus’ teachings, then it should be discarded for what will serve your soul best. Always have this in your mind!

Remember All You Are Doing Is Talking To A Friend

Talking with the Lord is easy. All you have to do is open your mouth and say what’s on your mind. But there are many steps that can help you keep focused on communicating with Him. Keep in mind, that He knows everything about you, including your innermost thoughts. If anything upsets you, share it with Him as well as any praises and thankfulness for His love and protection.

 Even if this is all you do for a day, He will still bless it because He loves us unconditionally! I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase Jesus loves me, this I know. Well Jesus’ love is so deep and pure that He wants nothing more than to talk with you. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we’ve done, Jesus LOVES US!

Use All the Tools at Your Disposal

It can be difficult to carve out time for prayer in our busy lives. We’re pulled in many directions, often feeling lonely or overwhelmed. You don’t have to feel this way though- there are lots of resources you can use!

Do you know that there different types of prayers? You can use charity that is giving out your resources to help the needy. If you love to sing, you can also sing to the Lord as a form of prayer because the bible says that he who sings well prays twice. So there are different ways through which you can communicate to God, the most important thing is that you should always make use of any available tool you have with you to praise and worship God.

Prayer doesn’t always look like kneeling down by a church pew; it might involve taking some deep breaths before bed, reading Scripture on your phone during lunch break, or sharing things with friends that are weighing heavily on your heart. Just make sure you make space for prayer in whatever way feels right for you!

Prayer is meant to be an intimate conversation with God– and the only one who knows what’s best for us, so it’s important that we talk to Him and not just about Him. Are there any emotions like anger or loneliness surfacing as you read this post? Maybe those feelings come up when you’re praying too. If they do, try opening up to God by talking about them instead of hiding them. Ask Him for the strength and grace to deal with them, then thank Him for listening.

Summary

Prayer changes everything. It calms us, inspires us, and helps our hearts be open to what the Holy Spirit is doing in the world. But prayer takes discipline, and discipline starts with knowing when and how to pray.

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