Prayer is something you have to make time for in your life. Planning prayer is a way to help you pray more effectively. Praying has to do with the mindset and attitude of the heart. It is like breathing.
Prayer isn’t a slot machine. It’s a conversation. One that invites us to rely on our Savior. It’s in prayer we move from desperate to hopeful. Terrified to courageous. Frazzled to peaceful.
It’s easy to miss a spiritual practice as accessible as prayer. We resolve to let others do the grunt work of praying, asking them to pray because we believe they have better access to the throne room, but the truth is: we have unlimited access to the Father. He hears our prayers and they are powerful and effective.
Sometimes we fret and worry never choosing a position of prayer. In worry, we spin our wheels and gain no ground. In prayer, we strengthen the soul of our faith and invite Jesus to have his way in our lives.
You can plan days to pray specifically for your friends, coworkers, and family. Instead of praying for them in a general way, you can pick one day for each person. In the same sort of way, you can devote your prayer time to missions, or to the church. You could have a whiteboard, or journal in your house and write down who you’re praying for on each day. Your household can get involved and participate in prayer with you for others. Think of ways you can organize your prayer life to make it more effective. Like anything else, if you don’t think about it much then you’re not going to be very effective at it.
It is said, “The first matter of prayer is to remember that you’re praying.” You are talking to God. You’re not just rehearsing what’s on your mind. Pay attention to meaningless repetition. Rid yourself of that. It’s unfortunate that often-time, prayers have become clichés. You don’t have to start your prayer the same way every time. Prayer is personal. Observe which prayers you’re genuinely saying and repeating from your heart to God, and the ones that you have just gotten used to saying.
Please know there are no rules to prayer, but there are practices that may help connect us when we seem directionless such as: Gratitude, Praise, Confession, Intercession and Supplication.
Gratitude: Thank Jesus for what he has done in your life. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 tells us to rejoice. To celebrate what Christ has done in our lives both in our present privilege and hopes for tomorrow.
Praise: Worship Jesus for who He is; Your advocate, Your Hope, Your Truth, Your Compass, Your Savior, Your Companion, Your Redeemer, Full of grace and mercy, Abounding in love, Patient, and peaceful.
Confession: We thrive in our relationship with Jesus when we’re honest. Honest with our sin, our doubt, and our fears. 1 John 1:9 instructs us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Forgiveness and freedom in Christ are attainable in our confession and repentance.
Intercession: Our ears and eyes are bombarded with needs from those around us and stories from our newsfeeds. We aren’t hopeless to help. We intercede, offering prayers to the Father to move and work on someone else’s behalf.
Supplication: Prayer isn’t listing everything we want to make our life perfect and pain-free. Its communion with our Wonderful Counselor where we seek his will for life and ask for his unmistakable ways to be present in our situations.
Relaxing and talking to God, praying Scripture when you have no words to express fully, and planning out your prayers are ways that can help you pray more effectively. 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.” God hears you. Through your prayers, He will provide a sense of comfort, confidence, and joy.
Yes, prayer is the vital breath that accompanies you here on Earth and into eternity.
No matter if it’s first thing in the morning, muttered in the shower, before a meal, or throughout your day, seek a rhythm of prayer. You’ll find that your heart and soul will flourish despite any circumstance or troubles as you confide in the Lord, and live P.U.R.E.
Please pray for a moment with me?…“Lord, thank You for your Word and for the prayer that blesses, heals, satisfies and enables me to communicate and to stay in communion with You. I choose to pray, read and apply it every day. Entrusting to You what I’m going through as well as sharing my joys and successes with You. Place within me a mind that’s ready and willing to seek You everyday. Help me understand its depths so that I can find nuggets of truth in it throughout today’s course.
All glory to Your name! In Jesus’s Name, Amen”
Please share your thoughts, and comments. I will be sure to respond. I pray you are encouraged, empowered and inspired. Be blessed! In Jesus name