A Creative Prayer Life
We speak of "prayer life" because prayer is to be a constant part of our daily lives. Think about the times that most us do pray - at church, during our quiet times, before meals, before bed, in times of crisis.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually (NIV), without ceasing (KJV and NAS), at all times (Message).
Throughout this website we've compared Bible study to eating - which brings about nourishment and growth to our spirit. Let's think of prayer as "breathing."
Just as breathing is essential to our physical lives so our prayer life is essential to our spiritual lives.
Breathing consists of both inhaling and exhaling. Likewise, prayer is to be not only a process of talking to God, but also listening or receiving from God.
The Bible is full of Scriptures commanding us to pray, and also telling us where to pray, how to pray, when to pray, who should pray, and for whom we should pray.
Jesus tells us where to pray in Matthew 6:6: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to
your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
In Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus tells us how to pray when He gives us the pattern for prayer in what is now referred to as
the Lord's prayer.
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do
not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
This model for a thriving prayer life consists of praise, submission to His Will, petition for daily needs, request for forgiveness and protection.
1 Thessalonians says: "pray continually;"
Ephesians 6:8 says: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With
this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
*Who should pray*
Matthew 6:6 says: "But when you pray... not if you pray. As believers it is the breath of our spiritual life to spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father.
The saints - Ephesians 6:8: "keep on praying for all the saints."
Our enemies - Matthew 5:44:"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"
Creative Ways to Enhance Your Prayer Life
Pray, Repent, Ask, Yield
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
Pray Until Something Happens
Use Your Fingers - The Five Finger Prayer
1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty".
2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.
3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.
4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.
5. And lastly comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all. Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "the least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinky should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.
Use your daily routine of life to reinforce your prayer life:
When you first wake up - Praise our Creator
When you shower or bathe - Ask for cleansing of your soul; confess, repent & receive forgiveness
When you eat - Give thanks not only for the food, but for your family, home, life, etc.
When you go to work or school - Pray for those with whom you come into contact
We can even let every breath can make us aware of the importance of our continual prayer life.
Not only is our prayer life important for us, but it will become a model for our children also. Try these really
creative family prayer life ideas!
Ideas for prayer meetings...