Five Steps to Build Prayer into Your Life
Step1: Recognize Prayer is Pleasing to God
Philippians 4 says be anxious for nothing and pray about everything. In other places in God’s Word it says pray without ceasing and be watchful and pray. The Bible has much to say about prayer. Proverbs 15:8 says prayer of the upright is his delight. Therefore, we know that prayer is pleasing to God and sinful if we fail to pray. We also know prayer is effective through what James 5:15 says “prayer of faith shall save the sick the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Step 2: Remember We Are Commanded to Love Others
God commands us to love others as we love ourselves. One way we do this is by praying for others. James 5:16 says pray for one another. Here is one suggestion for remember to pray:
While making my family’s lunches each morning, I will pray for each person. I pray they hear and obey God’s leading in their lives. I pray for wisdom and discernment for all the decisions they make during the day. I pray for godly influences to come into their lives and plant or water the seeds of faith in them.
Step 3: Continue to Pray without Ceasing
In First Samuel 7:23 it says “I should sin in ceasing to pray.” So how do we learn to pray without ceasing? It starts by being watchful. Get our eyes and mind engaged with our surroundings. Watch what’s going on around us. Don’t be so caught in your own thought life that you are not able to think about others. For example while driving my son to school each day I started noticing all the kids walking to school. This prompted me to pray for kids everywhere on their way to school. I pray for them to have a teachable spirit and willingness to learn. I pray they would discern between right and wrong, good and evil and choose to do what is good and right. I pray they would treat others as they would like to be treated. I also pray for their protection from evil, injury and illness.
Step 4: Setup Prayer Triggers
A good friend of mine shared a helpful suggestion. While she drives to work each day, at a certain intersection she prays. It’s her reminder to bring her requests before the Lord. She prays for God’s will to be done in her family’s, co-workers’, or friends’ lives. For her the intersection is a reminder to pray. Do you have reminders to pray?
Step 5: Turn Routine into Worship
Learning to pray without ceasing seems much like exercising. It’s hard to get started but once you do, you enjoy the benefits. Speaking of exercise I’ll leave you with one more way to incorporate prayer into things you do. When exercising try saying a one or two word prayer, praise, or request to God as you count your repetitions. For example, “Thank you God for your forgiveness – One”, “Thank you for being with me always – Two”, “You are the mighty King of all kings – Three”, etc. This has two purposes: (1) It slows down your repetitions so you don’t race through them too quickly. (2) It builds gratitude into your life. Try it next time you exercise. It just might revolutionize your exercise routine!
Prayer is pleasing to God. We love others by praying for them. We pray about everything all the time. We setup prayer triggers to help us remember to pray. Lastly, we turn every day routine activities into worshipful prayer moments. Following these easy steps can help you develop a lifestyle of prayer. Remember if God is on our side, we have nothing to fear. Draw close to Him today through prayer.
In His Grace,
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