Growing up as a Christian you hear about all the things to do to grow in your faith. Worship, reading The Word and of course Prayer. Worship and reading my Bible were easy, but when it came to prayer I wasn’t as “skilled.” The thought of praying outside of my private time seemed terrifying. I remember being at church camps or conferences and the pastor saying, “find someone to pray over,” and immediately all the sirens would go off in my head. How was I supposed to just pray over someone I didn’t know ? Or what about the times we’ve said, “I’ll be keep you in my prayers.” and then we do the complete opposite. Yep I’m guilty of it all.
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Prayer is a powerful thing, and over the past year it has been my goal to become more intentional with it and less fearful. What I’ve learned within the year: it’s amazing what God reveals and does when we take that step and become more aware of our actions. Today I want to show you a few ways that could help you get into the swing of being intentional with prayer, and reinforce why prayer is such a vital thing in our lives.
1.Keep a Prayer Journal
Being a writer, I find writing my thoughts down very therapeutic and also extremely helpful/powerful in my prayer life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to just journal about my day or what I’m going through spiritually and it’s turned into two pages of me just writing out a prayer.
Writing out your prayers is amazing as well, because it gives you the opportunity to look back and re-read your prayers and continue praying about them, or even see what all God has done in your life since first putting them on paper.
For instance here are a few things I have prayed about in my journal:
- My struggles
- My friends
- My family
- Life decisions
- My future husband
- My heart and future
- And lots more
Below I’ve posted a link to my favorite prayer journal that is helpful in the journey of becoming more intentional with your prayers.
2. Post Your Prayers onto your mirror
This is possibly one of my favorite things to do. Start writing your prayers down and posting them around your room and on your bathroom mirror . That way every time you walk to open your closet or go to brush your teeth you see and are reminded of the things you need to pray about. This also helps us get into the pattern of praying anywhere and everywhere, and remember what’s going on. Prayer doesn’t just have to be a thing to do when we are alone and sitting down. You can intercede at any moment. In your car, in-between walking to classes, making coffee or even brushing your teeth.
3.Focus on a promise
Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer is not only something that strengths our faith and relationship with The Lord, but it’s also a promise from God to us. He reminds us time and time again in His word that if we call on His name, He will listen and answer. He also reminds us to come to Him always with prayer and thanksgiving making our requests known to Him . When we do that He will cover us in His peace and guard our hearts and minds. What a beautiful promise, and when The Lord promises us something they are good and true.
Don’t look at prayer as something to check off the list as a chore, but rather a form of worship and praise knowing that we are promised to be heard and known when we bring our prayers to Him .
4.Look to benefit others
We, as humans want to be loved and feel loved. Nothing makes me feel more loved than when someone takes the time out of their day to check on me and say, “Hey, how can I be praying for you?” To me this one of the purest ways to show your love and care for another person. This is something I try to do on a regular basis. Reach out to your friends, your family and even that person you don’t know too well but want to show the love of God to, and just say, “Hey how can I be here for you, and pray for you this week.” This leaves such a beautiful impression on others .
Now here’s the most important part: staying true to your word, and praying for those people.
Something I started doing, is writing those prayer requests in my notes in my phone, and then making it my home wallpaper. That way anytime I looked at my phone or got a notification, I would see and remember my friends prayer requests and be drawn to start praying for them right in that moment.
This is a great baby step to take on trying to become more intentional with prayer, because soon enough you won’t need a wallpaper to remind you to pray, you’ll start to do it naturally.
Prayer used to be something that intimidated me, but is now my first response to things . When I’m driving in the car, when I’m washing my hair, or just lying in bed. Prayer doesn’t have to be this grand, formal speech. God just wants us to talk to Him, bring ours requests to Him and allow Him to answer them and hear our hearts. Try these four easy things and see and feel how powerful prayer is, and remember that it is not something to feel stressed about, but to rejoice about.