For many of us, it's time to breathe new breath into our prayer life! Face it, we are creatures of habit and easily fall into the rut of rote. What I mean by that is we may know how to pray and even the church lingo that goes with it, but have our hearts grown cold?
Recently while leading a Bible study dealing with prayer, I caught myself saying that prayer is communication with God. Communication takes talking "with" someone not "at" them or even just "to" them; it's a balance of talking and listening that brings a connection. And that is true, but prayer is so much more...it is communion with God. Prayer connects us to God in such a way that we become encompassed by His presence and power!
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 contains many Scriptures about prayer, the how-to of prayer, examples of prayers, and Scripture truths to pray!
Following are six Scriptures on prayer; notice how many times you see a form of the word rejoice/joy and thanks/thanksgiving:
Needless to say, our prayer life should not be a duty or "hum-drum!"
Keeping a prayer journal has several benefits:
Do NOT let keeping a prayer journal cause you to put God in a box though! As with anything, we can become too stringent and routine making our prayer life again become just a habit.
I have kept prayer journals in two basic ways:
I also like to include my memory verses in these too for reviewing during my time alone with the Lord!
The following is a video from Jenny@The Littlest Way which will take you step by step in creating your own special prayer journal. Jenny even includes prayers she prays for her own family and free printable prayer journal pages!
In teaching kids and youth about prayer and actually practicing prayer, creative prayer stations are a great tool! They are great for us as adults too, and may help us breathe some new life into our prayer life!
Here are several we have saved to our Pinterest Prayer Page: