How is your prayer life? Could it use some helpful tips with all of the distractions and busyness throughout the day? Here are 4 ways to have a more effective prayer life.
Maybe your prayers are starting to sound like this --
Thank you for this beautiful day. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I pray for Eloise who has cancer.
I wonder what I'm going to have for dinner, I don't have anything thawed out.
Sorry, Lord. Anyway, hope Eloise is ok.
Grocery Store music comes to your mind....
Lord, I pray that today goes well tomorrow [as secular music plays in the back of your mind]. I am nervous about my presentation and pray...
I forgot to print out my notes!
And there you go...do you think God is listening to me at this point? If so, I certainly don't deserve it!
Whether he's listening to me or not, it's disgraceful that I don't take enough time out of my day to talk to him.
Does this sound anything like your prayer life? I am embarrassed to admit my prayer life failures. However, I am determined to not let it hinder me and 2018 changed all of this when I made changes in my routines.
In this era of technology, it’s easy for our prayers to take a backseat. The constant barrage of noises from our smartphones distracts us from high priorities.
My thoughts tend to wonder when I have a problem to solve. Instead of taking it to the Lord, I’ve caught myself asking “How can my smartphone help me solve my problem?” As a Christian, that is not acceptable!
My smartphone can’t help me! Only God can!!!
So, I went on a mission to discover the best ways to help me focus only on Him. These 4 ways are game changers. I’m now sharing my findings with YOU.
Here are the 4 ways to help attack the distractions. Don't let them be a deterrent to you anymore. It works, trust me!
Find a comfortable and quiet place to be alone.
A few months ago as part of my minimalist journey, I cleaned out my bedroom closet. The right side of the closet was empty. So, I added a stool for sitting and it’s a perfect fit. I now call it my “changing” closet! It’s a great start for my new 2018 theme “Transform!” I’m committed to coming out of the closet and being transformed!
On my sitting stool lays a soft blanket, a jar of pens, and flashlight to see my prayer list. It’s so comforting to know He is also in the closet, right beside me.
On your knees, please!
I also find getting on my knees helps me focus on talking to Him. If you are in your bed talking to God, sleep overwhelms the flesh. When you are next to your bed on your knees, chances are you’re not going to fall asleep (especially for us older ones with weak knees!).
Say it loud and clear.
I read a few years ago about a preacher who got on his knees and talked to God out loud as if He were right there. He realized it was the only way to keep him from trailing off into his own thoughts. This is a great idea and I’ve used it when I have complete privacy.
Your success is in your routine.
Make sure to incorporate prayer into your routine. Now that I have my own “prayer room,” it’s easier for me to take time out of the day to talk to Him. I look forward to it! It gives me peace and relief knowing that any time I can go into my private space, and it’s just me and Him—no disappointments, no distractions, and no dings. If you are looking for ideas on bedtime routines, see this article here.
Do you have struggles with your prayer life? What steps can you take to grab alone time with God? As Christians, it’s the foundation of a healthy, strong spiritual life. Let’s make 2018 a time of getting to know our Creator. Let’s make it the year we conquer distractions during Prayer Time!
The prayer offered to God in the morning during your quiet time is the key that unlocks the door of the day. Any athlete knows that it is the start that ensures a good finish. ~ Adrian Rogers
You can also find this article published on the Homeschooling with Heart Blog here.