How to get excited about your day-to-day prayer lifeJon Scott - 31 Aug 2017
The limitless potential of what could happen in a week saturated in conversation with God is almost too impossibly large to think about.
Yet, the wonder is easily lost when everyday life comes into play. When routine comes a-knocking, our prayer lives can turn a shade of beige so bland that we aren’t nearly as excited as we should be about praying.
So, how can we get excited about connecting with God in prayer each day?
Perhaps the simplest answer to spicing up your prayer life is to try new ways of praying. When I was younger, my youth group occasionally ran “creative prayer” work stations, which would employ a load of creative ways to pray.
The idea is to think outside the eyes-closed, hands together, monotonous prayer box, and think of ways where you can talk to God more comfortably, honestly and effectively.
Start off by playing to your strengths; so if you’re musical it’s time to stick on a worship CD and let the lyrics soak in. If you’re a visual person, draw a picture of what you want to say to God. Good with your hands? Paint or make a clay sculpture. If words are your forte then write a letter or poem.
Remember that prayer is speaking to God, but that actually listening to what He has to say is just as important. Remember to take time to receive as well as talk!
"Prayer is a versatile tool and powerful weapon..."
If you aren’t feeling particularly creative, or don’t have the time to clean up paint from your lounge carpet, think about the way you structure your verbal prayers – is there anything that you might have come across in your day that you haven’t prayed about?
Although we are asked to be persistent in prayer, it doesn’t mean we have to pray the same way every time we open our mouths. Try to pray around whole situations rather than just specific problem areas. Challenge yourself to pray in new places, environments or situations; and with new people. And listen to how God answers you.
Writing down prayer requests for yourself and other people isn’t a new idea - but is a very good way of hearing from God. Take a highlighter to your prayer book every so often, and see how God is answering your own personal prayers.
Prayer is a versatile tool and powerful weapon, and there is no prescribed way as to how we should connect with God. Perhaps the best way to start is by using the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6, which provides real wisdom for structuring prayer:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name"
Praise God for who God is
"Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven"
Invite the presence of God to come to earth
"Give us today our daily bread"
Ask for what you, and others, need.
"And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors."
Pray for forgiveness
"And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one"
Receive God’s protection
The beauty is that no matter how we choose to engage with prayer, God genuinely enjoys spending time with us, both hearing what we have to say and also sharing His heart with us.
Get started with new ideas: head to our prayer pages.