4 Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life
Do you struggle with your prayer life? I know I do! Sometimes it just seems like such an abstract idea that it’s hard to know if we’re really doing it “right”, or if God is really listening to us.
Today, I’ve got 4 things that you can start doing today to improve your prayer life.
1. Pray Big
Don’t be afraid to pray for the big things! I often feel like a problem might be too big for God. How silly is that! God can handle anything! He is all powerful, He created the universe after all. Maybe God has laid the problems of poverty or race relations on your heart. Yes, those are huge problems, but not too big for God! Bring your requests to Him. Let Him know what things are on your heart, what things or situations are burdening you. Don’t be afraid that you are asking for too much. God loves it when His children ask for big things. So don’t be discouraged or give up hope. Continue to pray that God will heal our nation, rescue those who are in poverty and provide cures to debilitating diseases. These big requests don’t mean you’re asking for too much, but rather, that you understand how big and powerful our God is.
2. Pray Small
God love hearing our big ideas and our huge dreams, but He also wants to hear about the little things in life. Even though He is the mightiest being in the universe, He’s still not too big to hear about the mundane details of your life. Speaking to God should be like speaking to a friend. You wouldn’t talk to your friend for weeks about a new guy your talking to and then never bring it up again once you started going out would you? No! After your first date you’d probably call your friend immediately to tell her the good, the bad and the ugly about this new guy. You’d tell her about what a great job he has, how funny he is, and then proceed to over analyze every word he said to you that night! God wants to hear about how you’re anxious about that second date this weekend, and how you’re struggling with your new diet, and how your roommate is driving you insane. Our relationship with God is just that: a relationship! Relationships are hard to maintain if all we talk about is big ideas and long term goals and not our everyday lives!
3. Pray Specifically
Do you ever feel like God isn’t listening to you or like you can’t discern how He is answering your prayers? This can happen when we are stuck in a habit of praying vague prayers. It can be very difficult to know how God is answering you if all your prayers are just for God’s will, or for His best. I feel like we sometimes pray these types of things to give God an out. Like, maybe you’ve been praying for God to heal someone from cancer and it’s just not happening so you begin to pray for healing only, “if it’s God’s will". It’s not wrong to ask for God’s will, but make sure you’re not doing it because you’re afraid God can’t answer your prayer. If you start praying specifically you will clearly see God’s answers. If you are praying for a specific MRI to come back free of cancer, you will immediately know God’s answer when you get the results. He might say yes, He might say no, but you will have a definite answer not a wishy-washy feeling, wondering if God heard your prayer.
4. Pray Constantly
I think this is the most important point. It’s impossible to have close relationship with someone you never talk to, so why do we only spend time with God on Sundays, or when we’re doing devotions? Do you only interact with your best friends once a week? Hopefully not! I don’t know about you, but my friends and I can’t seem to find enough ways to communicate! We have a group text, we send Snaps, we send each other stuff on Pinterest and Instagram, we tag each other on Facebook (apparently that makes us old; I guess the “kids” aren’t into Facebook these days). My point is we communicate often. I routinely interrupt my workday to chat with my friends, but for some reason taking a quick break to pray seems odd. I am working to change this in my own life. It takes effort to be in constant communication with God; to tell Him about how my day is going, and to turn to Him when things are getting rough rather than trying to figure it out myself. I encourage you to practice this! It doesn’t have to be a formal prayer with your eyes closed and head bowed, but just make a habit of talking to God throughout your day. I think you’ll be surprised how much closer you will feel to Him, and how much easier it will be to hear Him when He speaks to you.
I hope that these tips have helped to encourage you! I’d love to know what things you have done to improve your prayer life and make prayer a bigger part of your life!