Tips on Enhancing Your Prayer Life
It Begins with a Decision to Want to Delve Deeper
by J.M. Troppello
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Phil 4:6)
Prayer is a powerful thing.
It can connect you to God in a beautiful way as your spirit communicates with Him. Prayer can be comforting when you need to express your feelings to God—whether you’re happy, angry, sad, disappointed, or feel another way. When you pray, that step of faith can increase your belief that God has everything under control. He has a plan.
Some people connect more to God through prayer than others. I have always felt an inclination to pray, ever since I got saved at the age of 14. You can be open and honest with God. You can share your deepest thoughts and feelings.
Yet, I know from experience that there have been times when sin in my life disconnected me from God. I felt like Adam and Eve hiding from God in the Garden of Eden.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8, NKJV)
They knew that they’d sinned and were naked, so they hid from God.
In those moments when I have felt disconnected from God, He was always waiting for me to repent of my sin and come back to Him. Once I’d finally come to my senses and mended my relationship with God, I was able to freely commune with Him in prayer.
I could pray before that—when sin had taken over. However, the conviction of the Holy Spirit (for that sin) was so strong, that I ‘hid’ from God and stopped praying for a time. I’m so glad that whenever those times occurred, I’d finally stopped listening to my flesh and listened to the Holy Spirit speaking to my spirit.
Ways to Enhance Your Prayer Life
I believe that God wants all His children to commune with Him in prayer. However, you and I make the choice not to delve deeper in prayer. The first step toward enhancing your prayer life is to decide to pray more.
You need to make that acknowledgment—whether directly to God, in your journal, or to a trusted accountability partner. When you make that confession of faith that you want to delve deeper into your prayer life, it will empower you on those days when you don’t feel like praying.
You’ll be reminded by the Holy Spirit of your promise. You’ll always have that journal to look back at and remember your confession to want to pray more. Your accountability partner can help you stay steadfast in your journey of spiritual growth.
I pray to God throughout the day. However, I still think it’s important to schedule time when you will devote specifically to prayer. Your schedule is likely very busy. If you don’t plan to pray, you probably won’t pray.
Sure, in the beginning after making your confession that you want to delve deeper in your prayer life, you’ll do well praying consistently. You may keep praying regularly. Maybe you won’t. Increase the certainty of consistent prayer by planning out when you’ll pray.
I read my Bible when I first get up in the morning. I take time to pray after reading. I also pray with my husband every night before bed. If you need a reminder, schedule your regular prayer time on a calendar app like the Google calendar on your phone.
Create an action plan for what your prayer life will entail. Of course, you don’t want to become mechanical in your prayer life. You want your prayer life to be fresh and vibrant.
However, if you’re new to consistent, scheduled prayer times, you might not know what to pray about. I did not write out an action plan for my prayer life. But I do have the action plan in my mind.
I usually begin with a time or worship. Sometimes I listen to praise and worship music on Spotify. Other times, a song will be on my heart, and I start singing acapella. It’s best to keep your prayer time private. I pray during the mornings when my husband is already at work. You don’t need an audience while you pray. Besides, that can also be distracting.
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:5-8, NKJV)
Pray for your family, friends, other people you know. It’s important to pray for the local, state, and federal government leaders.
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (I Timothy 2:1-2, NKJV)
Pray for God’s Kingdom. Pray for souls to be saved and for God’s will to be done on this earth.
4. The Lord’s Prayer
In Matthew chapter 6:5-8, Jesus shares that you should not pray like the ‘hypocrites’ pray. Then He gives an example of how you should pray. It is known as the ‘Lord’s Prayer.’
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13, NKJV)
Those five verses sum up perfectly how you should pray. Again, your prayer life should always begin with praising God. He’s not here to only answer your prayers. He wants a real relationship with you. Thank God for providing for your needs. Ask forgiveness for your sins. Ask God to keep you from temptation.
You can enhance your prayer life if you want to. You must decide to delve deeper into communion with the Lord. Plan when you’ll have these prayer times so that you pray consistently. Execute your prayer time by modeling your communication after the Lord’s Prayer.
And remember that your prayer time should have some structure if you want to stay consistent. However, don’t forget that it’s also important to pray throughout the day like you’re having a running conversation with the Lord.
About the Author
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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