3 Powerful and Meaningful Ways To Increase Your Prayer Life
For all the things we do to grow closer to God: go on missions trips, attend Sunday services, and volunteer in ministry, the most powerful way—and the best way—to grow closer to God is through prayer.
For years, books have been written on the power of prayer, on when to pray, on what to pray and even how to say it, but the main book that we ought to consult on prayer is none other than God’s Holy Word, which gives us more than enough insights on what we need to do to cultivate a thriving prayer life (which indicated a thriving relationship with God).
Try these three simple, biblical tips in your prayer life and see God’s power at work in your life.
Redefine alone time
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Are you in the shower? Pray. Going out for a run? Pray. Getting behind the wheel of your car? Pray. Walking in the doors to work, or walking out the doors to head home? Pray. Making dinner? You get the idea. The idea of praying without ceasing seems impossible unless we can be creative about it: each time you find yourself alone during the day, you can turn that time into a quick prayer session. Doing this throughout day is as close to praying without ceasing that we can get.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” –1 John 1:9
Aside from praise, thanksgiving, and requests, how much of your prayer life do you spend focusing on confession? Most modern-day Christians huddle under the safe umbrella of knowing that we are forgiven because of the cross and the resurrection; still, we are supposed to confess our sins in order to be made clean again. Confession leads up to be more open with God, which in turn makes our relationship with Him one that becomes more intimate and more prone to prayer.
Practice what Jesus prayed
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the pagans do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6: 7-9
We don’t need to impress God with rambling lists and phrases of keywords—God’s not concerned about SEO. What’s important to Him is that we come to Him with open hearts and seek Him wholly. Instead of presenting an otherwise-impressive sounding prayer, try this on for size: the Lord’s Prayer. This is what Jesus prayed, so how can you go wrong? Especially when are at a loss for words, there might not be a better way to approach the Lord than using the words that He used when talking with the Father.