5 Ways to Experience a Powerful Prayer Life
Confession. When I’m desperate for solace from the hustle and bustle of life, I cry out to God more than usual. Yet when all is going my way, I can become stagnant in my faith and push aside my need to talk with God throughout the day.
However, He doesn’t want me to wait until I am completely empty of His presence and devoid of His spirit to cry out to Him. God wants my prayers to to be a crucial part of my day and to long to connect with Him despite my situation.
My prayers need to be second-nature, a life-line and anchor for my soul.
Through the grace poured out for us at the cross, God invites us to experience the joy of regular communication with Him through prayer.
It’s in those quiet moments when we can connect with Him on a personal level and get to know His character. In fellowship with Him, we can lay down our burdens as He rescues us from the struggles of this life. And it’s where we experience true heart transformation as we learn to submit to His perfect will.
Having a deep connection with God through prayer wasn’t meant to be difficult or hard. You can start, anytime and anywhere, to experience the beauty of a deep prayer life. There’s no prerequisite or criteria we have to meet. Simply start talking with God, and share your heart with Him.
5 Ways to Experience a Powerful Prayer Life
1. Be honest with God, always.
He already knows your heart, your mind and your desires, so be 100% honest with Him. You don’t have to guard your words and only tell Him what you think He wants to hear.
He can shoulder our burdens, our cries and our anger. To know Him and experience Him more, let your guard down and be vulnerable. (Psalm 143:1)
2. Have an attitude of gratitude.
Thank Him for everything! On some days, when the sun is shining, the kids are behaving and all is right with the world, that’s easy to do.
But in the muck and mire of life, in the dark places of grief and sorrow, being thankful can be painful. On some days, it may seem there is nothing to be thankful for. Yet in the darkness, thank Him that He is holy, perfect and graciously loved you when you were drowning in the depths of sin. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
3. Be yourself and don’t be intimidated!
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar or even a “good person” to pray. Your words don’t have to be fancy or clever. Simply be yourself and talk with Him the way you would your best friend. A humbled heart matters more than smooth talk or wise words. (Matthew 6:5)
4. Listen to Him.
Are you quick to speak in your time with God, trying to fill up the silence with your words and thoughts? Yet He longs for us to rest in Him, be still and listen.
Being in a relationship with anyone involves a mutual ebb and flow in conversation, just as your time with Him. So let your words be few and your heart be open. Be ready to hear from the One True God as He sheds light on His plan for your life.
You may not hear Him with words, but you can trust He still speaks and guides His children. Be ready. (Psalm 50:7)
5. Commit to praying for others and really do it.
“I’m praying for you” has become a catch-phrase of the Christian community. It’s something we say and mean, yet often forget to do. To help you remember who you are praying for, carry a small notebook. You can easily jot down who you need to pray for and reference it later.
Keeping a prayer journal is another simple way to record your prayers and praises. As you experience God through prayer, your journal will be a keepsake of how God has moved in your life. (James 5:16)
This simple prayer journal is part of the Family Bible Study Toolkit, 40+ Bible study templates for the whole family. These simple templates make it easy and practical to connect with God, even as a beginner.
Examine Your Heart
If you realize you’ve strayed from or need to start experiencing a powerful prayer life, there’s no better time like the present to start.
Simply start communicating with God again, no matter how long its been. Trust that His grace will meet you where you are and that He’s waiting for you with open arms!
This week’s feature at the Grace & Truth Linkup has me a little convicted! So often I feel as if I have all of my ducks in a row, then all will be right in my home. But I love this reminder,
“Unless I allow the Lord to have control of myself and my home none of these things (how pleasant they may seem) will build my home. Like the man who built his house on the sand my house will crumble. It will crumble.” – Sandy, Creating Kilter
She reminds us to dig into God’s Word first and set our hearts on Him more than anything else in her post, Digging Deeper in the Word (Building Your Home).
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