Over the past year I have had a growing feeling that I need to be more intentional about prayer and being still before the Lord. A call to more prayer has been something I have felt on my life since I was a teen, only I wasn’t as disciplined about it as I felt I should be.
During this past year there have been some moments in my life that have pushed me to my knees in the realization that I can not live this life without having the Lord pour into my life. I can’t receive the Lord’s teaching into my life if I am not listening and praying. I really feel a need to build a more disciplined prayer life.
Prayer is a discipline.
If you are not intentional about developing a prayer life it simply won’t happen.
I have learned this first hand. I start my day off and spend a little bit of time in prayer during my morning devotions, and then get up to start my day believing I will have more prayer throughout the day. The end result is that I get busy with all my activities and responsibilities that have to get done and I never spend any more time in prayer. I allow the distractions of the day-to-day pull me away.
I want 2016 to be different.
I want to begin growing a prayer life, like I see in the lives of those people whose spiritual lives I admire. I believe that the busier we are the more we need focused time in prayer. So how do we add prayer to our daily routine? Here are a few ideas.
Ways to add prayer to your day.
- Carry around a prayer journal so that you can write down prayers as you move through your day. How many times have you said to someone I will pray for you, and then you forget all about doing it? Write it down.
- Put a sticky note in your car reminding you to take a few minutes and pray. If you are at a stop light spend those few seconds to pray about something that is on your heart.
- Turn off the radio. If you find that you are in your car alone, instead of turning on the radio, spend time praying. Redeem that time to spend with God.
- Take time to pray while you are preparing supper or washing dishes. Use that time as a time to quiet your heart before you husband comes home from work.
- Put little sticky notes around your house. On the kid’s bedroom doors for example to remind you to be praying for your children. Or maybe a sticky note on the pantry to remind yourself to trust God for the things that you need.
- Write down your prayers. This takes a bit more time, but I love writing down my prayers. I find that taking some time at the end of my day even if it is only 5 minutes It really helps to calm my heart and rest in the Lord before I lay my head down on my pillow.
Are you up for a Prayer Challenge?
I have been thinking about doing a prayer challenge for some time, but I never actually did it. So I want to challenge you all to commit to pray for 5 minutes a day for the month of January. 5 minutes really isn’t all that long, I am sure that if you put to use some of the prayer ideas I listed above you can easily spend more than 5 minutes praying each day.
Are you in? I sure hope that you are. If so please sign up below. You will receive a Free printable prayer journal where you can write down your prayers and keep track of answered prayers. And your choice of 4 Free Cover pages. This can easily be printed up at your local office supply store and bound. I recommend you request they print it at half-size that way it will easily fit into your purse.
Let’s get ready to start off 2016 right.
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