How is your prayer life?
Is it hard to find time to talk to God?
Or when you talk to him, do wonder if he is really listening?
At times, my prayer life has felt like a wrestling match – with distracted thinking, interruptions from kids, or worse…drifting off to sleep. A thousand invisible enemies seem to fill the air the minute I sit down to pray.
We were made to be connected to God.
Our soul needs to be anchored to Christ. God wants us to have peace and he tells us the way to get there is by turning our worries over to him, by prayer and supplication.
God’s Word tells us over and over to pray. He wants you to have a strong and powerful prayer life so that you can grow stronger with him and see his power at work!
Let’s take a look together at what His Word says.
Here’s 10 Verses to Strengthen Your Prayer Life-
1. Jesus prayed often. He is an example, model and pattern for our prayer lives.
But Jesus would withdraw to desolate places and pray. ~Luke 5:16
2. Prayer is simply talking to God- you do not need fancy words.
When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ~Matthew 6:7-8
3. God is already right there with you – you only need to acknowledge his presence.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16
4. The discipline of confessing is unnatural – but do not become neglectful in this area. There is power in prayer!
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ~James 5:16
5. It is so easy to get caught up in just giving God an itemized list of our requests for ourselves. The heart behind all of our prayers should not be for selfish gain but ultimately for God’s glory.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. ~James 4:3
6. God wants to help you in your weaknesses- may we stop neglecting the power of prayer in our lives and become prayer warriors.
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. ~Matthew 26:41
7. Often times we spread our problems out before trusted friends, a pastor or a counselor. This is wise but we must not neglect going FIRST to the Lord in prayer and spreading out all the details before him- He wants to give you wisdom!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ~James 1:5
8. Sometimes we can be so overwhelmed that we can’t find the words to pray. That’s okay – God knows your heart. Still seek His presence and spend time with Him even if the words aren’t there.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. ~Romans 8:26
9. Jesus poured out his heart to his Father. We continually need to be reminded to bring every detail to the Lord, so he can calm our hearts down, reveal his will and be glorified as he works in our lives.
Going a little farther Jesus fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” ~Matthew 26:39
10. When we slow down to pray, we grow spiritually and as we grow, our intimacy with God goes deeper- this is His will for you!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
It takes effort to walk with the Lord daily because…let’s be real for a second, sometimes praying the same thing day in and day out can get boring. If you are praying the same things over and over – like praying for your family, friends, finances, the church, and people’s crisis – it can get repetitive.
So, switch it up friends! Pray the Bible.
Take one verse from Psalms or one verse from Proverbs and pray it over your family, your friends, or yourself.
For example, take Psalm 40 verse 1. It says, “I waited patiently for the Lord.”
Pray this over your children. “Lord, please help my children to wait patiently for you.”
Pray this over your friends. “Lord, please strengthen my friends in their waiting.”
Then move on to the next line. Pray God’s word line by line over your loved ones and if a verse does not apply, skip it. You can do this using some of the New Testament letters as well.
So, this week, let’s practice the presence of God every single day through focused prayer and supplication. Supplication is humbly making a request of God.
Let’s bring our outer world and inner world into harmony through prayer. God loves you and is with you and he wants to hear from you.
Keep walking with the King!
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