Five Practical Tips to Make Prayer More Consistent | 05
Written By Bill Gorman
One of the best ways to develop a more consistent practice of prayer (or any habit for that matter!) is to link it to something you already do every day.
Here are five ideas for linking prayer to things you’re already doing.
- Pray before meals. In some Christian cultures, it would almost be unthinkable not to pray before eating. Whether you’ve practiced it for as long as you can remember or you’ve never prayed before eating, praying before you eat is a great way to consistently pray each day. Whether by yourself or with others, take a few moments before a meal to thank God for the food in front of you and also for all the other ways He’s provided for you. End by asking Him to help you love and enjoy Him through feasting together — whether that feast is a box of mac and cheese or an artfully crafted gourmet meal.
- Pray through your calendar each morning. At some point each day many of us pull out our planner or open the calendar app on our phones to see when and where we need to be that day, and how to prepare for it . Why not use your calendar as a prayer list? Take a moment to pray over each meeting, activity, errand, pick-up/drop, carpool assignment, and dentist appointment. Ask that God would use you to bless, encourage, and strengthen each person you encounter. Ask Him to give you focus and joy in your tasks and trips. Ask the Holy Spirit to ripen His fruit ( love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in your life as you work through each item on your calendar.
- Pray when you’re brushing your teeth. This is a habit that most of us do at the beginning and end of each day. Why not pray Psalm 143:8-10 each morning while you brush and Psalm 127:1-2 each night as you brush before falling asleep?
- Pray when you’re driving. Some of my best times of prayer have been while I’m driving. Turn off the podcast or radio for ten minutes and just pray about whatever is on your mind. What are you worried about? Excited about? Afraid of? Looking forward to? Just start talking (outloud!) to God about them. You’ll be surprised how quickly time passes. And, of course, keep your eyes open!
- Pray whenever you’re sad, angry, frustrated or afraid. I’m assuming that you experience at least one of those emotions/feelings at some point each day. Let them be a prompt to push you to prayer. Just simply say: Jesus, I’m so frustrated about that person’s behavior. Or I’m so afraid of what is going to happen in this situation. Just tell Him quickly what you’re feeling and let Him carry your burdens. He’s promised to do just that (Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Peter 5:6-7).
Week 5 of 10 Prayer
Take time today to pray through Philippians 4:11b-13. Make it your own. Pray God’s words back to Him. One of the best ways to meditate on God’s word is to pray through it. Let the concepts, ideas, and images marinate in your soul as you internalize the Word.
Each week we take time to learn more about the disciplines. Take the next 5 minutes to get an introduction to WHY we need to learn MORE about prayer from Andrew Jones.
Take time to reread Philippians 4:10-23 from Sunday. Review your notes. What is God bringing back to mind from His Word?