Prayer is one of the most powerful things we can do to change our lives and to change the lives of others.
And there is no right or wrong way to pray.
I pray on a daily basis, but I will admit that most of my prayers are as I am moving through my day. I like having a constant running conversation with the Lord, but my focus is not always on that conversation. (One of my favorite authors calls them pmails. Short prayers for strength or wisdom or patience.)
When people ask me to pray about something, I will stop what I am doing and say a little prayer for them, but I don’t always remember to keep praying.
The Lord has been teaching me some lessons on prayer lately and I want to share them with you.
1) Be intentional.
The Lord has been showing me that I need to be more intentional lately in praying. I need to set aside some time everyday to spend in prayer. It was a part of the lifestyle of the young church to set aside time at certain times of day to pray.
I also need to find a place to dedicate to prayer. Jesus would go into the mountains to pray, and in Matthew 6, He tells us to go into our rooms and shut our doors and to pray to our Father in secret. Having a specific place to pray is part of finding rhythm in your life.
2) Be persistent.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells the story of a woman who was seeking justice. She plagued the judge until he gave her the justice that she sought. I need to be that way in prayer. Whether for myself or for others, I need to seek His plan persistently, tenaciously, not giving up until it is answered.
3) Pray BIG.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
God is not a small god. His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He wants us to dream big. He wants us to pray BIG. He wants to do a work in our life that we can’t do on our own. He wants us to pray for that miracle cure, that job that we long for, that thing that only He can do.
“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26
4) Pray with faith.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Pray with faith. Pray knowing that the Lord will answer. Pray knowing that whatever the answer He has your best interests at heart.