Prayer is Power.
Take a look at just a few of the verses in the Bible that speak to the power of prayer:
“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.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day… praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
“The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
In these verses alone, we see that prayer produces peace, stops Satan’s schemes and powers toward our loved ones, and is the channel through which God is moved to shape lives.
WHEN WE PRAY, ETERNITY-IMPACTING POWER IS UNLEASHED!
Yes, prayer is power. Still, even knowing this, we struggle.
A COMMON PROBLEM
One of our biggest struggles when it comes to prayer is TIME.
No matter our life season – college student, newly married, young mom, mom of teens, employed full-time outside the home, at-home mom, empty-nester, retired – we are all busy. And often, we allow our busyness to keep us from prayer.
If you ever find yourself as I have…
…Rising in the morning with heart and mind set on spending some precious time in prayer that day, only to think as your head hits the pillow that night, “I forgot to pray!”
I invite you to consider these practical suggestions for overcoming the TIME struggle.
Make Prayer a Priority
No, don’t simply declare it in your mind. Move yourself to action.
Schedule your prayer time by writing it on your calendar or setting an alarm on your phone. Those who are married know that there are times when in order to keep your marriage relationship strong, healthy, and vibrant, you’ve needed to schedule date nights or weekends away.
How much more important is our relationship with our Heavenly Father?
Examine Your Life
Know when to best schedule your prayers by first taking the time to examine your life.
Grab a journal or create a document on your mobile device and spend a few days paying attention. How are your days being spent? To get the best picture, track your daily activity for a few days or even for a couple of weeks.
Then sit down with your list, a clear head, and some good judgment to determine the best time of day for scheduling your prayers.
Hint: If you are a mom with children in school, the best time for scheduling your prayers is probably not 7:00 AM while you are trying to get the children ready and out the door for school!
Pray as You Live
A healthy prayer life does absolutely require that we pull away from the activity of life to engage in times of concentrated, scheduled prayer.
However, to fulfill the Bible’s command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), we must sprinkle moments of brief, spontaneous prayer into each day.
After you have scheduled your on-your-knees, war-room prayers, use your same list to look for places where you can engage in prayer as you live your life.
- Standing in line at the grocery story
- Sitting in the pick-up line at school
- Doing the laundry
- Cooking dinner
- Having your morning coffee
Discover a Way of Praying that Connects with Your Unique God-Wiring
It is a fact that we tend to make time for the things we enjoy.
What is it that you enjoy? How did the Creator of the universe wire you?
Are you a naturalist? Do sunsets and mountain vistas draw your soul to God? If so, pray as you walk through the park or sit by a stream.
Sensate? Do you feel closest to God through your senses? Pull up an instrumental playlist or bake some cookies while you pray.
Ascetic? Drawn to solitude and simplicity? Find a quiet spot away from noise and distraction to pray.
Whatever it is, use your wiring to discover ways to pray.
PRAYER IS POWER! Which strategy will you employ this week for unleashing the power?
We all know prayer is power. It is, in fact, crucial. However if we are honest, but of us have to admit to struggling in our prayer life. Whether it is finding the time or knowing what to pray, we get roadblocked.
Praying with Purpose is a practical resource for helping each of us become more intentional in our life of prayer.
- Practical ideas for getting past the busyness and to the act of prayer.
- A selection of methods for praying that connect to an individual’s unique God-wiring.
- Prayer guides FILLED with ideas for what to pray.