5 Ways to Put Some Spark in Your Prayer Life

by | Mar 3, 2016 | Prayer & Devotion

I was doing a teaching for a discipleship group on having a prayer life. This was a young group of mostly college students.

After my teaching, we had a little time for questions and answers. One young lady asked a very honest question about where to start. She was referring to how to get a prayer life going if you are at ground zero. I gave her a simple place to start. But after leaving, I thought more deeply about what advice I would give others in the future.

Here are five things I recommend to you if you feel like your prayer life is not going at all. These could also be helpful if you have people you are working with who could use some help. Everyone is a little different, but I think these steps could be a place to start.

1. Commit to something daily. When I answered the lady, I suggested committing to a small amount every day or one larger amount once a week. Upon reflection, I think something every day has a better likelihood of success. Another option would be to start with something during the five workdays, with weekends off. John Maxwell says, “The secret of your success if determined by your daily agenda.”

2. Pick a time smaller than you think you can do to start. More people give up on prayer times because they can’t fulfill a large goal. Allow for yourself something you know you can do every day. I suggested to this lady that she start with 10 minutes a day. You can move to a goal of praying without ceasing later, but for now, you need to gain some momentum.

3. Let your Bible reading be the content of your prayer. I teach a three-hour seminar on how to have an enjoyable prayer life. I cover a full buffet of different types of prayer. But to start with, if you are already reading the Bible, come back to that as conversation starters for your time of prayer. If you don’t have a Bible-reading plan yet, start with a story of Jesus. Then you can talk to Jesus about Jesus.

4. Incorporate thankfulness into this prayer time. Along with praying the Bible, adding an element of thankfulness can bring life to your prayer. Thankfulness in prayer helped change my outlook on life. I have written about the simple journal method I use that could be a great place to start in your prayer life. Early on, you will be learning the joy-giving aspects of prayer that will sustain you for the rest of your life.

5. Build a little bit of accountability into your prayer life. The Bible teaches us that we weren’t designed to do this life alone. Sharing with someone your commitment to be a person of prayer can be a powerful thing. Maybe you could simply share your new commitment on your favorite social media channel. Then, each day share part of the Scripture you prayed with a hashtag #mytimewithJesus

Try these five things for a month. After the month, think about what is working and what is not working. If you struggle, don’t beat yourself up; simply commit to trying something new the next month. Soon your prayer life will one of the great joys of your day.

Kevin Senapatiratne is head spiritual pyromaniac for Christ Connection. Kevin speaks around the United States helping Christians find the fun of prayer. He is the author of Enjoying Prayer. You can learn more about his ministry at enjoyingprayer.com.

For the original article, visit christconnection.cc.

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