Why do you pray? I believe you pray to express gratitude, to ask for forgiveness, or simply to talk to God. Whatever your reason may be, it’s important to have time in your schedule dedicated solely to prayer. Prayer strengthens your relationship with God and can help you grow in faith and love. Now let us look at 7 tips that will help you get started with strengthening your prayer life today!
Choose a time you are committed to being consistent
The Bible talks about the power of consistency, which can be seen in James 1:3. Every person has times when they are much more in with God, but they also have seasons when they feel like they’re a million miles away. It’s important to know when these moments happen and work on strengthening your prayer life during these times so that you can experience this power of consistency during other seasons as well.
Pray at night before bed, staying up too late or drinking caffeine can keep us from sleeping soundly enough to have a good prayer time. Prayer is strengthened through confession, we don’t always confess our sins correctly and this can weaken our prayer life, which is why it’s crucial for us to examine ourselves first before praying for others (James 5:16).
Pray for at least 20 minutes every day, when we pray for only a few minutes or give prayers over after reading them off an app, it doesn’t help our prayer lives. Prayer changes things and helps us take control of our thoughts; however, if prayer doesn’t seem to make a difference then maybe it’s not for you. My thought though… but I believe that prayers will always make a difference especially when you pray with faith.
Spend some time talking with God because prayer isn’t just words or reciting passages, prayer is communicating with God. Talk to him as if he were standing right there in front of you, listening intently while looking into your eyes.
Write down what you want in a format that works for you
Having a strong prayer life is one of the best ways to make progress in life. Whether you’re looking for spiritual guidance, hope, forgiveness, peace, or anything else, prayer can help. That’s why it’s important to learn how to strengthen your prayer life and grow in faith.
There are many ways that you can pray, from practicing journaling or meditation to talking with others who share your beliefs, so how do you choose what works best for you? One way to find out what will work best for you is to use this list of questions below as a guide:
What kind of environment do I need? What time of day suits me better? What kind of mood am I in when I want to pray most often? Who am I praying for and which parts of my life am I struggling with right now? Once you’ve answered these questions, start experimenting with different methods until you find one that works well for you.
To practice mindful meditation, try setting aside some time each day where you take a few deep breaths and focus on the present moment without judgment. Always remember that mindful meditation is also a powerful kind of prayer on its own.
Use an app or timer
Set aside a specific time every day for prayer and meditation. Try using an app or timer that reminds you of the time you’ve set. Remember to do this both morning and night, as well as any other time during the day that works best for you.
Give yourself at least 15 minutes of prayer time each day, it can be done all at once or broken up throughout the day, but find what works best for you. You may want to start with five minutes if 15 feels too daunting, then after a few weeks, you can add another five minutes until you reach your goal, and make it personal.
As soon as you start praying, try focusing on Jesus in your heart. After all, he’s been waiting for thousands of years just to speak to us one more time and pour out his love onto us. Ask him what he would have you pray about today, and allow him to lead your thoughts towards people who need prayers today. In no time at all, praying will become second nature for you again because Jesus will help guide your thoughts back towards him whenever they wander away from the point or purpose of prayer.
Celebrate when you meet your goals
Celebrate the times when you are able to meet your prayer goals! This simple action can help empower you in your prayer life. For example, even if a situation was difficult, there might have been one good thing that came out of it. Don’t give up! Use these successes as fuel for more prayer in the future.
Prayer is not something that happens one time and then is over, like filling up a bucket. If you go back to what they said about celebrating your achievements, this should be easier because when we celebrate our achievements we feel energized with confidence. After all, success begets success!
When we experience success with prayer we want to continue praying; after all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results (Albert Einstein). That’s why it’s important that when we pray, we let ourselves enjoy the feeling. We need prayers like water or food, they’re necessary so our hearts will continue beating (Proverbs 16:22)
Pray at the same time every day
The key is consistency. Setting out a specific time of day each day, week, or month when you’ll pray will help you have a regular prayer life. Just set a reminder in your phone or put the time on your calendar so that you don’t forget! Pray at different times throughout the day: You can also mix it up and find what works best for you by praying at different times throughout the day. For example, pray during lunch and before bed instead of only during work hours.
Remember not to stop once you’ve started! You might need some encouragement along the way but it’s worth it. As someone who has been trying to strengthen my prayer life, I know how hard it can be. But as one who has been striving to grow in this area, I want others to know how powerful our prayers are – even if we think they’re falling on deaf ears or being ignored by God. We have to trust that he hears us and knows what we’re asking for.
To start out, take baby steps. Set aside ten minutes during your lunch break or another part of the day where you focus solely on prayer. It doesn’t matter where you pray; just commit to sitting down with God for 10 minutes every day (or more!). A good place may be in your car before driving home from work, just don’t let yourself get distracted by texting!
One other suggestion is to make an effort every night before bed to reflect on all the blessings of the day and thank Him for them. That should give you plenty of things to thank Him for while getting ready for sleep!
Pray with others
Praying with others is a really great way to be encouraged and uplifted, especially when you are feeling discouraged. It can be in person or via the internet, but don’t forget to invite someone who doesn’t pray as often as you do! Just like going to church on Sunday mornings, it’s good for us to get out of our routine sometimes.
Be present, and Let your mind be where it needs to be during prayer time. If it wanders too much back into the day’s events, bring your thoughts back by focusing on God and what he has done for you today. Then remember not to take shortcuts when it comes to your prayer life.
One shortcut people might take is reading their prayers from a written piece of paper instead of saying them aloud – this might work sometimes but never substitute true prayer for something else that isn’t nearly as powerful. You will know if you’re praying genuinely because those words will come out in real-time and not read off a page.
Try to pray regularly: It takes effort, discipline, determination, and consistency to grow in prayer. You may have weeks or even months when your personal efforts don’t seem fruitful, but eventually, we all reap what we sow if we stick with it. The most important thing is to keep praying!
Pray even when you don’t feel like it
Despite your feelings, prayer is always a loving way to spend time with God. Rather than turning away from prayer when you don’t feel like it, think of these moments as an opportunity for growth. Take this time for yourself and ask for a little space to be silent with Him. Let Him speak and reveal Himself in new ways as you pour out your heart, soul, mind, and strength into conversation with Him. Prayer will not only strengthen your relationship with God but also grow you closer to Jesus.
A prayer life is not just about the words we say but about the conversations we have on a daily basis with our Heavenly Father. Spend some time talking to Him today; He will never get tired of hearing from His children! Have you tried praying through Scripture? It’s a great way to see how God’s Word connects with ours.
You can pray aloud or silently, reading Scripture line by line or verse by verse (depending on what feels more natural). You can use whatever translation you’re most comfortable with-whether that’s King James Version, New International Version, or English Standard Version-but I would recommend finding one that’s fairly literal so you can make sure you understand what each word means. Ask Him to give you understanding as the Scriptures come alive before your eyes!