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Prayer Corner: 5 Tips on Developing Your Personal Prayer Life

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5 Tips on Developing Your Personal Prayer Life

It All Starts with Making a Commitment to Enhancing Your Prayer Time

by J.M. Troppello

Prayer is powerful. I’ve experienced the prayers of others praying over my life. I’ve experienced my own prayer life with God go through ups and downs through the years. If you don’t spend time in prayer, you’re missing out on developing a deeper relationship with God. Consider the following 5 tips on developing your personal prayer life.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7, NKJV)

1. Commit

The first step in developing your personal prayer life is to commit to praying. Without that commitment, you will easily get sidetracked and won’t grow as quickly in your prayer life.

2. Plan

Prayer can happen anytime and all the time. It’s great to have that running conversation with God. However, it’s also important to plan out specific times during the day or evening that you will dedicate to praying. Scheduling this prayer time can help you stay consistent with your communication with the Lord.

3. Practice

Put your plan into action. You can say you’re committing to prayer and even create an action plan. Yet, if you don’t put your plan into action, no growth will come. You may have heard the idiom, practice makes perfect. This can apply to your prayer life. Of course, your prayer life will never be perfect, but the idea is to continue to practice prayer in the hopes of becoming better at it.

4. Community

I’m on the virtual prayer team at my church. I receive an email anytime there is a prayer request. I love praying, so it was a no-brainer to ask to be on that prayer team. I also am on the prayer team at church, but we haven’t been physically called up front for a while since COVID happened. But I make it a practice to pray for others. Connect with your church community and circle of family and friends. Find out who needs prayer. Make a habit of praying for others and not just for yourself and your own issues.

5. Lifestyle

Cultivate a lifestyle of prayer. By following these steps, you’ll have an easier time of developing this lifestyle of prayer—where your first reaction is to go to God whenever you or anyone else needs prayer. Developing a lifestyle of prayer will help you to grow in your walk with the Lord since you are actually spending time communicating with Him.

Cultivate Your Prayer Life Today

If you want to cultivate a deeper personal prayer life today, focus on the following five steps each day.

  • Commit

  • Plan

  • Practice

  • Community

  • Lifestyle

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:7-8, NKJV)

God is glorified when your prayers are answered. Just remember that not every prayer will always be answered the way you want it to be. That’s happened many times in my life. Yet, that hasn’t hindered my growth in the Lord. It’s only made that growth stronger.

In my 33 years as a Christian, I’ve come to see that developing my relationship with God is more important than getting an answer to a prayer. I don’t have everything I want, but I have everything I need. Even if God never answered another one of my prayers, I would still love, believe, and serve Him. God knows what’s best for my life. I’m only passing through this life. My real home is in Heaven.

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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