Since the movie War Room became a box-office success, there has been a renewed interest among Christians about reviving their prayer lives. Here are a few suggestions, some of them in the movie, to help you consistently pray.
Find a comfortable spot – but not too comfortable. There are many prayer warriors throughout history that spent hours on their knees in prayer. That is admirable, but position doesn’t really matter. I have arthritis in my knees. If I prayed for too long on my knees, I would be distracted by the pain. On the other hand, if you pray in an easy chair or in bed, you’ll be lulled asleep before you get out two sentences. Find a comfortable chair or place that won’t let you go to sleep.
Go into your prayer closet. You don’t have to have a separate room just for praying like Miss Clara in the movie did, but you should have a special place where distractions are limited.
Avoid distractions. Have family members answer the phone or door while you’re praying. Turn your phone on silence. Turn off your I-pad and computer. If you have young children, hire a teen-ager to be with them while your praying. Another idea is to get up an hour earlier than everyone else. Whatever you have to do to avoid distractions during your prayer time, do it.
Make a prayer list. Some people keep a prayer journal. Others have a chart on the wall or a prayer app. Whatever works best for you, keep a running prayer list with answers to prayers noted.
Have a model for praying. This really helps when you feel you’re in a slump and can’t figure out what to pray. You don’t have to follow your model of prayer every day, but if you have one you use, it gives you a starting place. You can always change it or tweak it to fit your style of prayer. Some people even write out prayers in their journals. Here are some online prayer models:
Have a scheduled time for prayer. Doing anything is easier when you have a scheduled time to do it. This includes prayer.
Pray Globally. Don’t only pray for yourself, your family, your church and your community. Pray that God’s will be done and God’s Kingdom come throughout your nation and the world. Every Home for Christ has many free resources for this including these:
- A Watchman’s Guide to Praying God’s Promises
- World, United States, and Children’s World Prayer Maps
- Prayer Watch Online
Read books and blogs about prayer. On Friday, I’ll list some prayer books to get you started.
Ask God to help you. If you have a problem with your prayer life or you don’t have a desire to pray, ask God to help you. That’s a prayer you can count on Him answering.
Don’t Give Up! If life gets busy and you miss a few, don’t get frustrated and feel like you’ve failed. Praying some days is better than giving up. If you don’t manage to pray more than 5 or 10 minutes a day without running out of things to pray for, then pray 5 to 10 minutes. As you continue to pray, you’ll find yourself praying longer. Whatever you do, praying to God is vital. So don’t give up!