We are in the middle of a series called, “The Fill My Empty Cup Series.”
In Week One, we discussed – How to Be More Useful for the Kingdom of God
Week Two was called – The Most Important Pause of the Day
In Week Three we talked about How to Load up on the Good and Get Rid of the Bad
Last week our topic was 10 Ways to Make Your Bible Study More Interesting
Today, let’s talk about prayer.
I don’t know too many believers who feel 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 desire to have in our lives; however, most of us have really weak and powerless prayer lives.
Yet, scripture tells us to,
“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV)
But, how do you and I really do this??
How Can I Pray MORE Often and MORE Easily?
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!
You can learn to pray more often and more easily!
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 37 practical and do-able ways you can pray with more ease, with more regularity, and with more power.
First… Say “Good Morning” to the Lord.
Second… Acknowledge God as you begin your day.
Third… Look toward heaven and speak to Him. Talk to Him first thing in the morning.
Fourth… Spend a few moments at the first of your day in the Bible–reading, learning, and taking some notes. Talk to the Lord about what you learn.
Fifth… Talk to God as you are getting dressed, driving carpool, or driving to work.
To look to heaven and acknowledge Father God each morning is to pray!
Sixth… Share with God your needs as they arise during the day.
Seventh… As you need wisdom, ask God for it. Take a moment and seek His wisdom on issues.
Eighth… As you think about your problems, present them to God and ask for His help.
Nine… As you catch yourself worrying about one of your kids or grandkids, pray!
To talk about your cares, problems, and worries with the Lord is to pray!
Ten… Pray as you eat – give thanks for your meals.
Eleven… Thank Him all day long.
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.
Twelve… You can talk to Him as you are driving.
To thank the Lord for His goodness and kindness is to pray!
Thirteen… Offer sincere praise to Him for His character. Praise Him for His love, or His grace, or His forgiveness.
Fourteen… Take a moment to consider how awesome God is.
Fifteen… Go through the alphabet and thank Him for one of His traits that starts with each letter.
A-Awesome, B-Bountiful, C-Compassionate, D-Devotion, E-Everlasting Love, Etc.
Sixteen… Look around you and praise God for His creation.
Seventeen… Thank Him for gorgeous sunny days or beautiful flowers or refreshing rain.
To sincerely praise God is to pray!
Eighteen… Agree with God as He puts some sin on your heart. Keep short accounts with Him.
Nineteen… Ask for His help to make things right with others as needed.
Twenty… Check in with God often and ask Him if there is anything you need to confess.
To admit our sin to God and to make things right is to pray!
Twenty-One… Make appeals to the Lord. Just as a lawyer would appeal to a judge, you can appeal to God.
Twenty-Two… Discuss your concerns and frustrations with Him.
Twenty-Three… Talk things over with Him just as you would talk to a close friend.
Twenty-Four… Express your deepest hurts, needs, desires, passions, and wishes to the Lord.
Twenty-Five… Share your heart with God.
To pour out our hearts to God and to appeal to Him is to pray!
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;”
Twenty-Six… Think about Him.
Twenty-Seven… Silently direct your thoughts to Him during the day.
Twenty-Eight… Lift your eyes to heaven and focus on Him for a few seconds.
Twenty-Nine… Think about how much to love Him.
To think or contemplate about the Lord and to focus on how much we love Him is to pray!
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Thirty… Sing to Him. Raise your voice and sing.
Thirty-One… Turn up the praise music and sing along. Singing is a form of prayer!
Thirty-Two… If you can’t sing, hum the tune and think about the words!
Thirty-Three… Listen to the words of a wonderful hymn or inspirational song.
To sing or hum words of praise to the Lord is to pray!
Thirty-Four… Listen for His voice. Tune your ears to listen for His voice.
Thirty-Five… 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 to pray!
Thirty-Six… Say “Good Night” to the Father. Close out your day with Him.
Thirty-Seven… Go to sleep thinking about Him and talking to Him.
To whisper “Good Night” to the Lord is to pray!
Mix these up. Use them as needed and in any order.
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.
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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.”
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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!
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