“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found.” Psalm 32:6 (ESV).
Like many of you, 2020 was a difficult year for me to navigate. So many times during this unusual season I have felt like a ship adrift; anchorless in seas of uncertainty.
Exhausted from being battered by waves of fear and anxiety, I have been desperate for solace from the stresses and pressures of life. I have been crying out to God more than usual.
Dear sisters, I want to be honest with you. When the waters are still and calm and the wind catches my sail and blows me straight on course, I can become stagnant in my prayer life; pushing aside my need to talk to God every day.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (ESV).
I do not understand the chaos of our current world, but I have come to understand that in this season, God is teaching me that I need to have a more powerful prayer life.
I believe he is calling you to do the same.
5 Ways to Experience a Powerful Prayer Life
Be Intentional– Having a powerful prayer life will require commitment, effort, and even sacrifice. I know how easy it is to push the snooze button on that alarm and enjoy just a few more minutes of sleep.
I know that in the rush of work and children, our feet hit the bedroom floor and we are off and running and don’t take those precious early minutes to spend time with our Father.
Be intentional about setting aside time in the morning to begin your day in prayer, speaking to God, and listening to what he has to say to you.
Be honest– Growing up, I thought I had to say specific prayers from a book in order for them to be heard by God.
But God is calling you and I to come to him, just as we are, to seek answers to those questions we have and to tell him those fears, doubts, and concerns that plague our minds and our hearts.
Have an attitude of gratitude– Prayer is more than just a laundry list of things we want God to do for us.
Rather than focusing all of your time in prayer on what you don’t have, begin your time with the Lord by thanking him for all of the things that he has provided. You woke up with breath in your lungs, that is a good place to start!
Commit to intercession– This is an area that I have been working on in my own personal prayer time—to not focus all of my prayer on things I need for myself—but also praying for others as well.
One idea is to keep a journal close to your bed, your couch, or wherever you pray, that has a running list of those people who you know need prayer including family members, friends, people from your church, and so on.
Listen to God– Don’t do all the talking! Give yourself time to be still and listen for God to speak to your heart. He has much he wants to share with you, but it is hard when he can’t get a word in edgewise.
Quiet yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to move and breathe answers, help, joy, love, and peace into your busy mind and bring calm to the chaos.
My sweet sisters, I don’t know what 2021 is going to bring us, but I do believe that God is preparing us to step into a new kind of faith. The old ways are no longer going to be useful and we must commit to change.
As I am making new commitments this year to step into a new realm in my relationship with the Lord, I encourage you to do the same and it all starts with having a more powerful prayer life.
For This Week
Be honest about where you are in your prayer life. Ask yourself what you can do to have a more powerful prayer life. What changes do you need to make? What can you sacrifice to spend more time with God?
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Blessings as you grow in your prayer life,
Susie is a writer, editor, and proofreader for a supplemental textbook company. She is also the creator and writer of Between the Gardens Ministries, LLC, where she is passionate about teaching and encouraging believers through the truth of God’s Word.
She resides in Cleveland, OH and is the author of Abundant Rain, a 40-day devotional, and is a regular contributor to the YouVersion Bible App Devotional Plans.
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