Surprisingly Simple Ways to Add PRAYER to Your Day

It was one of the sweetest, most honest statements anyone has said to me in a long time.

This beautiful young mom shared her heart when she told me:

“I’m just not very good at praying.

I don’t really know how.”

Don't feel like much of a prayer warrior? Most of us do not! However, we can improve our prayer lives. Here is an article offering simple ideas for enhancing daily prayer.

Prayer.

I don’t know too many believers who feel really GREAT about their prayer lives.

It’s that thing that we all want to do more OF but never seem to get TO.

It’s that discipline that we so desire to have in our lives; however, most of us have really wimpy prayer lives.

Yet, scripture tells us to, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV)

The New Living Translation of this verse suggests that we, “Never stop praying.” 

~ Is this possible? 

~ Can we really learn to pray as a regular part of our day?

Absolutely!

We can learn to pray!

And, it doesn’t have to be complicated!

As a child, I was taught that all prayer involved a bowed head, a quiet posture, closed eyes, and folded hands. 

As an adult, I’m so thankful that we can pray in any place, position, posture, or situation.

There is NO limitation on prayer – except not doing it!

Ready to try praying more?

Here are 10 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Add Prayer to Your Day:

One – Say “Good Morning” to the Lord.

  • Acknowledge Him as you begin your day.
  • Look toward heaven and speak to Him.
  • Spend a few moments at the first of your day in the Word.
  • Talk to Him as you are getting dressed, driving carpool, or driving to work.

* To look to heaven and acknowledge Him each morning is PRAYING!

Two – Share your needs as they arise.

  • Make your needs known to the Lord throughout the day.
  • As needs arise, pray.
  • As you need wisdom, ask for it.
  • As you think about problems, present them to God and ask for His help.
  • As you worry about one of your kids or grandkids, pray!
  • Talk things over with Him just like you’d talk to a friend.

* To talk about your cares, problems, and worries with the Lord is PRAYING!

Three – Thank Him all day long.

  • How has He been sweet to you?
  • What has He done for you?
  • What are 10 things you could stop and thank Him for right now?
  • You can thank Him for the sunshine, rain, life, breath, a car to drive, a place to live, food to eat, friends, a job, children, grandchildren, and so much more.
  • You can thank Him as you are driving down the street. 

* To thank the Lord for His goodness and kindness is PRAYING! 

Four – Offer sincere praise to Him for His character.

  • Take time to consider how awesome He is.
  • Go through the alphabet and thank Him for one of His traits that starts with each letter. A-Awesome, B-Bountiful, C-Compassionate.
  • Look around you and praise God for His creation.
  • Thank Him for gorgeous sunny days or beautiful flowers or refreshing rain. 

* To sincerely praise God is PRAYING!

Five – Repent as the Spirit convicts you.

  • Agree with God as He puts some sin on your heart.
  • Keep short accounts with Him.
  • Ask for His help to make things right with others as needed.
  • Check in with Him often and ask Him if there is anything you need to confess.
  • Think of it as keeping things right and reconciled. 

* To admit our sin to God and to make things right is PRAYING!

Six – Make appeals to the Lord.

  • Just as a lawyer would appeal to a judge, you can appeal to God.
  • Discuss your concerns and frustrations with Him.
  • Talk things over with Him just as you would talk to a close friend.
  • Express your deepest hurts, needs, desires, passions, and wishes to the Lord. Share your heart with Him.

* To pour out our hearts to God and to appeal to Him is PRAYING!

Philippians 4:6 encourages us to, Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”

Seven – Think about Him.

  • Silently direct your thoughts to Him during the day.
  • Lift your eyes to heaven and focus on Him for a few seconds.
  • Think about how much to love Him. 

* To think or contemplate about the Lord and to focus on how much we love Him is PRAYING!

Eight – Sing to Him.

  • Raise your voice and sing.
  • Turn up the praise music and sing along.
  • Singing is a form of prayer! 
  • If you can’t sing, hum the tune and think about the words!
  • Or, just listen to the words of a wonderful hymn or inspirational song.

* To sing or hum words of praise to the Lord is PRAYING!

Nine – Listen for His voice.

  • Tune your ears to listen for His voice.
  • Allow Him to speak to you through a friend, the Bible, a sermon, music, and even a beautiful sunset.

In John 10:27-28, Jesus teaches, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”

* To tune in and listen for the Lord is PRAYER!

Ten – Say “Good Night” to the Father.

  • Close out your day with Him.
  • Go to sleep thinking about Him and talking to Him.

* To whisper “Good Night” to the Lord is PRAYER!

Mix these up.

Use them as needed and in any order.

Just start!

Jump in!

It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be attempted!

To assist you as you add more prayer to your day, I’ve created a FREE Printable for you to print out and use.

Just right click, save, and print.

Don't feel like much of a prayer warrior? Most of us do not! However, we can improve our prayer lives. Here is an article offering simple ideas for enhancing daily prayer.

One of my favorite quotes on prayer is this one:

“Prayer is a little like eating salted peanuts; the more you do it, the more you want to do it.”

(14,000 Quips and Quotes) 

Don't feel like much of a prayer warrior? Most of us do not! However, we can improve our prayer lives. Here is an article offering simple ideas for enhancing daily prayer.

So, which of the ways will you try first?

I encourage you to pick 1-2 of these suggestions and start praying more today.

  • And, how do you add prayer to your day?
  • What are some ways you like to pray?

I always enjoy hearing from you!


Want more good stuff on prayer??

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen

Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Marc Batterson

A Woman’s Garden of Prayer by Sarah Maddox and Patti Webb

Live a Praying Life: Open Your Life to God’s Power and Provision by Jennifer Kennedy Dean


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24 thoughts on “Surprisingly Simple Ways to Add PRAYER to Your Day

  1. Melanie, I love these ideas!! This is such a great reminder for me. There was a time when every morning I would wake up and say “Good Morning Father, Good Morning Lord, Good Morning Holy Spirit!” Ive gotten out of that habit, but you’ve just encouraged me to start back up. It really is so simple, but so refreshing to greet Him in the morning! Thanks for sharing these today. (Btw… I’d love to have these in a printable as notecards!)

    1. Hey Alisa!
      It is refreshing to greet Him in the morning, isn’t it!
      Sounds like a great habit to get back into!
      And, I will work on those printable notecards! Great idea.
      Hope you have a blessed day~
      Melanie

  2. This is such a practical, helpful post! I’m so thankful that we can pray continually. One of the things that I’d like to do more often, that you mentioned, is singing as a form of prayer. Music is such a special way to have a conversation with God.

    1. Thank you, Dawn!
      And, isn’t it sweet to be able to pray all day long.
      You should definitely start singing more! When all of your family is out of the house, you should crank it up!
      Hope you have a blessed day~
      Melanie

  3. Wonderful, practical list, Melanie. I feel like #4 is the one that most of us forget to do. Last year I made it a point to read through the Psalms..one Psalm each day. As I did, I marked every reason that I could find to praise the Lord. It was a marvelous exercise that gave me insight into His character. I found many reasons to praise Him.

    1. Hey Leah,
      Thank you for stopping by to leave a good word today!
      I love the idea of reading through the Psalms and looking for every reason you could find to praise Him!
      What a great idea!
      And, we do have so many reasons to praise Him!
      Sure do appreciate you~
      Melanie

  4. Wonderful post!! This is something that I always want to do. I’ve heard these called “breath prayers”. Whenever I read books, like the one I am reading right now A Prisoner and Yet by Corrie Ten Boom, she and her sister were constantly praying in the moment in all the ten ways you listed.

    I think because I came from a culture initially that drilled it into our heads that we had to confess our sins before we prayed has stopped me because although I try to keep short accounts, sin always creeps in making me feel “unworthy” to pray in the moment. I know in my heart that we can approach the throne of grace at any time, that my sins have been removed from me as far as the East is from the West, but too often I can’t shake the feeling that I have to be fully confessed before praying.

    You have spurred me on to pray throughout the day.

    Thanks for sharing such an edifying post!

    1. Thank you, Karen!
      I really appreciate your kind comments today!
      And, don’t you love knowing that we can breathe prayers to the Lord!
      Sounds like you grew up in a challenging culture. It is so easy to get legalistic about sin. I just know that I want to keep short account. No morbid introspection. Just honesty before God.
      Glad you’ve been spurred on!
      I pray that God will bless you sweetly today,
      Melanie

  5. I fail to pray nearly as often as I know I should. Your post was so encouraging and uplifting. Thank you for sharing it with us and God bless you!

  6. Awesome post, Melanie! I have really been trying lately to stop being a Martha and worry about everything else that needs to get done, and just focus on being in the Word and prayer. Thanks for sharing this reminder with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week! Happy Easter!

    1. Thanks, Kelly!
      It is so easy to get so busy, isn’t it!
      I hope this weekend and next week you will enjoy some sweet times of prayer and Bible study.
      I never regret the time I spend alone with the Lord.
      Blessings,
      Melanie

  7. I’ve done many studies on prayer over the years and the one simple statement that spoke volumes to me is one scripture verse – pray without ceasing. Anytime, anywhere, for anything. Featuring this on next week’s Tuesday Talk. So simple, yet so powerful Mel.

  8. Thank you for this wonderful advice and encouragement! I think my biggest struggle with prayer is that I’m just running around too fast throughout the day to actually slow down and get in touch with God. Prayer advice is greatly welcome!

    1. Hey Delaney,
      Thank you for stopping by to leave a kind word!
      We do get so busy, don’t we! I hope you will be able to intentionally add more prayer to your day!
      And, I’m glad to connect with you!
      Hope you have a blessed Sunday~
      Melanie

  9. Melanie – it’s so good to be back on your blog, lol!! Vacation is great (still on it actually) but I sure do miss my routines when I’m gone! The fam is still asleep so I thought I’d do some blog reading this morning. What a helpful and sweet post and I agree with Deb- these are just simple conversations! Praying and talking to God is the easiest and most rewarding part of following Christ. Love you girl!

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