Having an effective prayer life should be a necessity for every believer. this post will guard you on the right ways to improve your prayer life with God.
An active prayer life is vital to your spiritual well-being, and yet modern life makes it difficult to have an active prayer life.
We all struggle to make time for prayer in our overly busy lives, and we want our prayers to be effective and not dry and meaningless. Here are some great ideas to improve your prayer life and get more out of it.
3 Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life
Check out the step below for an effective prayer life.
1. Decide on a specific time to pray each day
Are you a morning person who gets smarter and more alert when you’ve just woken up? So spending time in prayer as soon as you wake up might be the ideal time for you to use for prayer.
By starting your day with prayer, you are setting yourself up for a great start to the day by focusing on God and heavenly concerns rather than worldly worries and distractions.
If you’re more focused and alert at night, taking the time will help you let go of the day’s worries and get you into a godly frame of mind before bed at night. Making a habit of setting aside your chosen time for prayer will help you establish a routine and make it easier to develop a more regular prayer time.
Daily prayer is essential to strong faith, and setting fixed times daily helps make prayer more effective.
You may find that the only time you have to pray in peace is when your kids are napping, or while you’re taking the bus to work. Get creative to find the time that works for you, but make sure you set aside at least a few minutes to pray each day.
2. Pray in good times and in bad times
Often, we only turn to prayer as a last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted. When we do this, we are acting as if God is a remote, indifferent figure who does not want to bother with us unless we are in dire need. Nothing could be further from the truth: God wants to have an active and vibrant relationship with us and welcomes us to tell Him everything that concerns us.
God wants to hear from us constantly, and we can pray silently as we walk, go to work, or do chores like mowing the lawn. When things are going well in our lives, we can pray for the needs of others in our community and about events in the world at large.
Listing the blessings God has given you promotes an attitude of gratitude and is an excellent way to start your prayer. Before reading the scriptures, pray that God will help you to understand and you will see that Bible study will also become more meaningful.
If you only pray when you are in some great need, you will not be able to develop the warm, deep relationship with God that He wants to have with you. When you love someone, you spend as much time with them as possible. Praying is the main way we get closer and closer to God and get to know him personally.
3. Get rid of distractions to maintain a prayer life
We all struggle to find the time to do everything. All the pressing needs in our lives demand our time. How can we make time for God when so much else needs to be done? How many times have you started to pray, only to hear the phone ring and stop it?
One of the best ways to have a little more time for God is to turn off the technology. Turn off the phone, turn off the laptop, get off Facebook, turn off the television and retire to a quiet place. Technology is a huge waste of time and one of the greatest enemies of a productive prayer life.
Some Christians find that fasting from technology for a while helps them grow exponentially in their faith. Examine your life and identify which technology most competes with your prayer time. So deliberately fast for a few days and see the effect it has on your prayer life.
Make a deliberate decision to turn off all electronic distractions when you are praying, otherwise, you will be constantly interrupted by phone calls, text messages, Facebook chats, or tweets.
You will be able to get into a more spiritual state of mind and your prayer will be more meaningful. Silencing distractions can mean you’ll hear more clearly from God.
James 5:16 declares, “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man can do much.” For our prayers to be effective, we must be able to set aside time for them, setting aside a specific time each day. For our prayers to be fervent (passionate) we must feel free to bring all our worries to our loving, caring, and living God.
When we do that, our prayers are worth a lot (they help, become valuable) and things change in our lives and in the world around us.
Your spiritual well-being will benefit from these few changes in your prayer habits. Your prayers will be more effective and you will feel stronger in your faith.
Just set aside some time each day, pray through the good times and the bad and turn off the distractions that compete for your time with God. You will be glad you did, and so will your heavenly Father.