Here are 4 powerful ways that you can use to fire up your prayer life.
Pray Back His Word
There is nothing better, I believe, than to pray back God’s Word to Him. We know that the psalms contain many prayers in the form of songs and David’s psalms are really prayers that were put to music. Why not use some of these praise and prayer psalms as part of your prayer life like in Psalm 3 which says “I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill” (Psalm 3:4) or Psalm 84 “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:2).
Write out your Blessings
I challenged someone once who was going through a dark night of the soul to write out on a piece of paper everything that God has blessed them with. They came up with a list that contained (first and foremost) their being saved, a job, home, family, food, and so many other things. I believe that if we start counting our blessings and write them down one by one it will be easier to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess 5:18).
Pray Whenever/Wherever you Can
Going back to 1 Thessalonians in chapter 5 verse 16-17 it says “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing” but how can we pray without ceasing? The Greek wording used for “without ceasing” is “adialeiptōs” and it means “without intermission, incessantly” which means that we can pray throughout the day like when we are waiting in line or in traffic, when we are showering, when we are driving or just about any time you can think about it. I start my day with prayer and devote certain times where I can be alone and pray in private so don’t leave out this type of praying but when Paul said to “pray without ceasing” I believe he meant that we can pray throughout the day so that we can be “be constant in prayer” as Paul writes in Romans 12:12.
Find a Prayer Partner
I love to have others pray for me but I also exchange prayers for them. It is one thing to be praying for yourself but what a privilege to have others prays for you. Find a prayer partner and keep in touch with them on a regular basis. Ask them to pray for you for certain things during the week and vow to pray for them for their spiritual and physical needs. Having a prayer partner is like having an accountability partner. Commit to pray for them and for them to pray for you and you may be more committed to prayer.
For sure we should pray for God to be glorified for God always seek to glorify His name. When we pray, focus on God’s will and we know for certain that it is always God’s will for His name to be glorified. Pray that prayer every day because we know that is always His will.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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