5 Tips For A Better Prayer Life

As Christians, we are commanded to pray, and we are even given examples of prayers throughout the Psalms and from Jesus Himself. We are told to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16), and that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). Yet when it comes down to talking to God, it’s just plain difficult. Whether you’re a new Christian who doesn’t quite understand what it is to have a prayer life, or a well-versed Christian going through a dry spell, Satan will often use guilt to trap you in a cycle of not talking to God. We’ve all experienced this at one point in our walk with Christ. Here are a few tips to get you started or get you through the dry spell:

1. Create Quiet

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:16

Too often we try to fit our time with God around the rest of our life, whether in the car on the way to work, over lunch break while trying to finish up ten other things, or before bed as our eyes are already heavy and we are half asleep. While this might give you time to recite a list of needs and wants to God, this doesn’t allow God space to speak or convict or quiet your fears. There are all kinds of prayers, but the deep, meditative prayers and moments of great conviction and revelation come when we are able to be still before God and listen for his word. So take a hike, find a quiet coffee shop on the other side of town, sit out by the lake, or get up before anyone else in your house and sit in the presence of God without distractions.

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