5 Tips to Enhance Your Prayer Life
If you’re like most people, you know there’s always room for improvement in your prayer life. While there are plenty of books designed to help you make those improvements, here’s 5 things you can do today to begin enhancing your prayer life.
1. Be Quiet: A conversation works best when each person has the chance to speak and then listen to the other’s response. At its heart, that’s what prayer is – a conversation between us and God. But if all we’re doing is talking, but not listening, then we’re not really having a conversation. Instead, we’re telling God everything we want to say and then walking away before He has a chance to respond. The next time you come before God in prayer, speak and then be quiet. And as you rest in that silence, listen for what God is trying to say to you.
2. Open Your Eyes: While what we see with our eyes has the ability to distract us, we tend to miss so much when our eyes are closed. Start taking a few moments each day to pray for the people that you see around you at any given moment. For example, when you’re in the grocery store, say a prayer for the young family you’re about to pass in the aisle. Regardless of the situation, open your eyes to who’s around you at any given moment and offer a silent prayer on their behalf.
3. Don’t Wait: How many times have you said, “I’ll be praying for you” to somebody else? Probably more times than you can count. Of course, God is pleased when we pray for others, but do you know what pleases God and blesses others more than that? When we take time in that moment to actually pray for that person. Instead of delaying that prayer for one more second, pray with and for that person in need. You’ll be surprised how powerful this type of prayer can be for all involved.
4. Say Something: In many ways, prayer is the language we use to communicate with God. And like the languages we learn in our world, learning the language of prayer takes hard work and most importantly, practice. To practice your prayer language, take time each day to offer God a prayer that isn’t silent. Using your voice, offer God your confessions, petitions, and love. As you do, listen for what your spoken prayer is revealing about yourself and most importantly, what it’s revealing about your need for God’s love, mercy, and grace.
5. Get Real: I’m sure we each have a list of things that we’re not supposed to bring up in polite conversations. You know, things that are a bit “too real” and that make others, even ourselves, uncomfortable. Prayer isn’t some polite conversation where we try to sweep these uncomfortable things under the rug. Instead, prayer is a time where we’re supposed to “get real” with God. After all, He already knows everything that we’re going through. And the sooner we start talking with God about these things, instead of trying to play nice and say the words we think we’re supposed to say, the sooner our healing can begin.