Make Prayer a Habit

Use these eight tips to make time for God every day.

Posted in , Jun 22, 2011

Woman praying

Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.—Luke 6:12  

Use these eight simple steps to keep your time with God.

1. Make a commitment to pray.
Sit down with Jesus and ask Him to help you set a realistic prayer goal. It's better to start with one prayer period a day, adding more after daily prayer becomes an established habit.

2. Schedule prayer time into your day.
Find the time that's best for you so that God gets the best of you—when you're most alert.

3. Establish a regular place for prayer.
By doing this, when you enter that special room and sit in that same chair, your mind automatically begins to tune in to the Lord. It should be a place where you can be alone, without being interrupted.

4. Minimize distractions.
Take the phone off the hook or ask whoever's home to take calls. If you can't find a quiet place to pray, buy a pair of earplugs.

5. Shorten instead of skipping.
On those days when you absolutely cannot get in your full prayer time, you can at least offer an abbreviated prayer. Five minutes with the Lord are better than no time at all. Just be sure you shorten only on the days when that's the only alternative to skipping prayer.

6. Keep a prayer diary.
It takes just minutes to record the date and any insights that come to you from your time with the Lord, I like to note specific prayer requests and people I've prayed for. When you look back through your diary, you'll be amazed at the number of prayers the Lord has answered, the surprising ways He has done it, the steady movement of His Spirit in my life.

7. Find a prayer partner who is reliable and  can join you in regular prayer.
Agree on a daily time and stick with it. If you can't meet in person, telephone is just as good!

8. Give thanks for your dry, inarticulate periods in prayer.
Remind yourself, whenever you feel a dryness, that this is precisely the time when the Lord is working behind the scenes to prepare you to come closer to Him!

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