Prayer Made Simple: Tips to Help You Incorporate Prayer in Your Daily Life
Am I the only one who sometimes finds prayer to be a struggle? I sometimes struggle with what to pray, when to pray, and how to pray. It just never quite seems like I’m doing it right.
Chances are we are all making this whole prayer thing a lot harder than it has to be. God did not design prayer as this ultra spiritual task to root out the weak Christians (this is not survival of the fittest). God designed prayer to draw us closer to Him. Thus, it’s perfectly attainable if we just take the time to break it down to the basics. Here are some practical ways to help you implement prayer into your daily life.
Change How You View Prayer
Prayer is not that deep. What do I mean? You don’t need to pray on your knees for one hour at the top of your lungs for one hour straight while speaking in tongues and quoting a plethora of scriptures in order for your prayer to count. Prayer is simply conversing with God. Talking to your Heavenly Father. Laying out what is on your heart. Acknowledging and thanking Him for who he is in your life. Asking Him for forgiveness and help. Also, listening to what He may want to impart into your spirit. Don’t over-complicate things by over spiritualizing them. Talk to Abba Father. Simple as that.
When I first got saved the idea of talking out loud to a person I couldn’t see felt very odd to me, especially since I first gave my life to Christ as a child. So I decided the simplest thing to do was to write my prayers down and then read them out loud. It seems really simple and honestly, that’s the whole point. It tends to be easier for us to express ourselves freely and honestly through writing. Reading it out loud then gets you in the practice of verbally expressing your thoughts to God. Again, simple but effective, especially for those new to prayer.
Pray Throughout The Day
I used to think prayer was restricted to once in the morning, once at night, and before meals- period. I now realize that I can talk to God whenever I want and I love to take advantage of that. I love to check-in with God throughout my day and have mini moments with Him. I may do Ten minutes between calls with my mentees, five minutes while I’m preparing lunch, and fifteen minutes while working out. Breaking up prayer into these bite-sized bits makes it seem less daunting. You’d be amazed to find how much you actually talk with God by the end of the day when you go about it this way.
Let’s be real, I don’t always feel like praying. There are some days my flesh rises up real strong and the temptation to listen to it is strong. But I’ve found that on those days when prayer is the very last thing I want to do, putting on some worship music from Upper Room or Elevation Worship quickly pulls me out of my flesh and into a posture of reverence. It’s almost impossible not to naturally flow into a prayer of at least gratitude if not more from a place of worship.
This may just be me, but when I think about praying for myself or things in my own life I have to admit that it feels a little uncomfortable. I know I should be to go to God in prayer regarding my own life and situations, but I sometimes feel like I’m complaining. Nonetheless, I know that’s not the case and I’m working on adjusting my mindset. As I do that work I’ve found praying for others to be a very great investment of my time that often ends up benefiting me as well. God sees our hearts, and when He sees that we are sincerely interceding for someone else with no selfish motive of our own it touches His heart. We’ll often find ourselves caught in the crosshairs of the blessing He pours out on the person we’ve been praying for because our faithfulness is being honored.
At the end of the day, it all goes back to talking to your Heavenly Father- that’s it. Carve out some time to chat with the one who gave you life and listen for what He wants to pour back into you.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.