What Helps Your Prayer Life?

Recently I asked one of my Bible classes this question: What helps your prayer life? Let me share some of their answers:

  • Finding a special place to pray.
  • Praying at a set time every day.
  • It helps me to pray when I know someone else is praying for me.
  • Struggles help me talk to God.
  • I have learned that praying while on my knees not only makes me feel closer to God, but it keeps me focused on my prayers.
  • A prayer group of women I met with once a week to pray for my sons when they were younger.
  • Daily devotionals.
  • Wife and children.
  • Knowing that God is always there and listens, no matter how small the request.
  • Seeing my prayers answered.

These are great suggestions, aren’t they? And you know something – they are all biblical. Take a look:

  • One day Jesus was praying in a certain place (Luke 11:1).
  • Three times a day Daniel got down on his knees and prayed (Daniel 6:10).
  • Brethren, pray for us (1 Thessalonians 5:25).
  • Is any among you afflicted? let him pray (James 5:13).
  • He kneeled down, and prayed with them all (Acts 20:36).
  • Paul found women who gathered for prayer by a river (Acts 16:13).
  • I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee (Psalm 88:9).
  • They all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed (Acts 21:5).
  • Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).
  • Call unto me, and I will answer (Jeremiah 33:3).

Need help with your prayer life? Try the above suggestions. – Keith Parker,The Lincoln Light Bulletin July 1, 2007

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2 responses to “What Helps Your Prayer Life?

  1. Pingback: Persistence in Prayer | Focused and Free

    • This article has some good points on things that will help ones prayer life.

      Some Thoughts On Prayer
      By Mike Riley
      Many people that call themselves Christians, neglect the most powerful single force in the world — the power of prayer. In doing so, they make a double mistake. First, they deprive themselves of the spiritual enrichment that comes by praying, and secondly, they provide a poor example to their children.
      Let’s ask ourselves the following questions regarding prayer:
      Whose prayer will God not hear?
      • He will not hear those who ignore the needs of the poor (Proverbs 21:13-NKJV).
      • He will not hear those who turn away from His law (Proverbs 28:9-NKJV).
      • He will not hear those who regard sin in their hearts (Psalm 66:18-NKJV).
      • He will not hear the prayer of the proud (Job 35:12-NKJV; cf. Luke 18:10-12-NKJV).
      • He will not hear the prayer of those who doubt (James 1:5-7-NKJV).
      • He will not hear sinners (John 9:31-NKJV).
      Whose prayer will God hear?
      • He will hear the prayers of those who worship Him and do His will (John 9:31-NKJV).
      • He will hear the prayer of the humble (Psalm 9:12-NKJV).
      • He will hear the prayer of the righteous (1 Peter 3:12-NKJV; cf. Psalm 34:15-NKJV).
      • He will hear the prayers of those who keep His commandments (1 John 3:22-NKJV).
      • He will hear the prayers of those who are needy (Psalm 72:12-NKJV).
      • He will hear those who pray earnestly (James 5:17-18-NKJV).
      How should we pray?
      • We should pray regularly (Romans 12:12-NKJV; Ephesians 6:18-NKJV).
      • We should pray in the spirit of forgiveness (Matthew 6:14-15-NKJV).
      • We must pray in faith (James 1:6-NKJV).
      • We must pray in harmony with God’s will (1 John 5:14-NKJV).
      • We must pray in the name of Christ (Ephesians 5:20-NKJV; Colossians 3:17-NKJV).
      • We must pray in the spirit of sincerity (Matthew 6:5-NKJV).
      As Christians, we must believe in the power of prayer, if we want to be productive citizens in God’s kingdom. We must be willing to set the proper example before our family and friends with regard to our prayer life. We must make prayer integral part of our life every day of our life. We must ask for the help and strength to be more like our Savior in every aspect of our life (Gal. 2:20-NKJV). We must be willing, not only to pray, but do our part in helping God answer our prayers. God will do His part, if we will do our part.
      Let’s make prayer and integral part of our lives — not merely an emergency backup plan when we get into trouble. God wants His children to communicate with Him on a daily basis — prayer being that avenue of communication.

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