Can I be honest? My prayer life is on life support. Let me take that back, it's bipolar, but it's been on life support before! Unfortunately, several times! Some days I pray without ceasing. Others days I don't pray at all. And it's not that I don't have the time or desire to pray, I just get caught up in life's daily routines and activities. Excuses, I know. But that's my truth. What about you? Do you have an active and thriving prayer life? Do you pray daily? Do you pray fervently?
If the answer is no, this post is for you and me as well. How do you revive a prayer life on life support? Beloveds, the answer is quite simple. You pray! You don't think about praying. You don't talk about praying. You just pray! To help simplify this point even more, I have three ways you can revive a dead prayer life!
First, we are going to start with re-prioritizing our time. Jesus tells us the most important thing we should be doing is seeking God first and His righteousness and everything else we need will be given to us (Matthew 6:33). When we don't pray or pray consistently, we are telling God He is not a priority in our lives.
To show God He is a priority in our lives and get our prayer lives back on track, we need to set daily scheduled prayer times throughout to day. I am going to be following the King David prayer model, "I will pray morning, noon, and night, pleading aloud with God; and he will hear and answer (Psalm 55:17). Start your morning with prayer, pray on your lunch break, and pray in the evening or right before you go to bed. Make God and prayer a priority! A little secret to help your remember you prayer times is set alarm reminders in your cell phone!
In addition to making prayer a priority, make a prayer list. When you haven't prayed in a while, starting backing can feel overwhelming. If you are like me, you also feel extremely guilty because you know you better! As good as God is to us, He can't get a prayer for us, really? We got to do better! Okay, back on the subject at hand! To help you from becoming overwhelmed, write out a prayer list.
Every day before you go to bed, write a prayer list for your scheduled prayer times. Keep in mind, it will get altered some days. Make your list with the expectation the Holy Spirit might take over and will take over during some of your prayer sessions. Praying in the Spirit needs to be a priority too, but that's whole another topic for another post!
Okay, you got your scheduled times. You got your list. Now what? Wait for God to respond back to you in prayer. The most important part of prayer is not what we say, but what God says back to us. God will speak back to us in prayer if we take the time to patiently wait for Him to respond. In Psalms 5:3, King David says, "I pray to you, O Lord you hear my voice in the morning; at sunrise I offer my prayer and wait for your answer." Not only did King David pray to God, he also waited back for Him to answer him.
Think about Abraham's and Moses' relationship with God. The bible shares many passages of scriptures of them both speaking to God and Him speaking back to them. We see the passages as just conversations between them, but in reality they were praying to Him and He was responding back to their prayers. Prayer in it's most simplest definition is just having a conversation with God.
Not every prayer you pray will be super deep or include speaking in tongues. The most heartfelt and effective prayers can simply be, "Lord, help me. Lord, forgive me. Lord, not my will, but Your will be done." Prayers like those prayed in faith will evoke a quick response and answer back form God. Trust me, I know! What I want you to take away from this is point is to learn how to shut up in prayer sometimes and let God speak back to you! He has the answers you need, but you have to take the extra time in prayer and wait on Him to respond back.
Alright, I have covered my main three points! Here are my two bonus points!
1. Keep a prayer journal and record all your daily prayers in it. Make sure you record God's answers and responses in as well!
2. Listen to payer videos throughout the day. Nothing reignites my prayer life more than listen to other prayer warriors pray! My go to prayer is the atomic bomb prayer by Dr. Cindy Trimm on YouTube!
Alright beloved, I pray this post blessed you! Share it on your social media platforms by clicking the social media icons below. Also, make sure
Also, mark your calendar for the release of new prayer journal, "The Secret Place: 90 Day Prayer Journal To Cultivate Intimacy With God". Pre-orders start Monday, May 25th. The journal features: two full pages to journal your daily gratitude to God, bible verses to mediate on, things on your heart, confession and repentance of sins, revelations from God’s Word, and revelations from God’s heart.