How often do you pray? Is prayer something you do only on Sunday morning at church or do you make a habit of daily prayer? For most of my life, prayer was relegated to Sunday mornings, a quick bedtime prayer (maybe), and in those times of most desperate need. I thought I was doing enough to check the prayer box on my faith to-do list, only that’s all prayer was to me – a to-do list item, not an essential priority in my day. I didn’t understand the importance of daily prayer.
What is the Importance of Daily Prayer?
7 Reasons You Should Pray Daily:
1) Prayer can set (or change) the tone of your day
What sets the tone of your day? The frustration of a long commute to work? The pile of dishes in the sink and the never-ending loads of laundry? The mailbox full of bills and bad news? You wake up full of hope for a new day, then it inevitably hits a snag and you’re sent swirling into frustration, anxiety, or worse.
Prayer is the antidote to this, though. Starting your day in prayer will help to get your mind in the right place for more joy-filled day. Set your mind on God and all his goodness. Start with praise for all God is and all he’s doing in your life. Fill your morning with thankfulness over all the blessings in your life. Invite God into the day ahead and ask his help in the areas you know will be difficult.
As you hit these frustration moments during the day, call upon God to help you reset and restore peace to your heart. Ask him to help you find the joy, even in the struggle and the mundane.
2) Prayer helps you make better decisions throughout your day
How often do you find yourself making poor decisions and wishing you’d acted differently? Decided to react with calm and reasoning instead of yelling? Decided to take the time to really listen to a friend instead of rushing off to your next appointment? Decided to make a healthier choice instead of falling into old habits? Even the small decisions in your life make a big difference, so how are you approaching them?
Praying about those decisions will help you make better choices. Ask God for help and guidance. Consider each decision in light of Jesus’ teaching. Include him in big and small decisions and you’ll find that over time you’re making wiser choices.
3) Daily prayer keeps God in the forefront of your mind, not forgotten until Sunday
What role does God really have in your life Monday through Saturday? Or he just for Sunday mornings? God wants to be in your life every day, all day, not just on Sunday. He wants all 168 hours of your week, not just the 1 you spend in church. But how do you practically keep your focus on him when you’re about your daily life?
Prayer keeps you centered and focused on God. The more you pray, the more you’ll notice him at work around you. The more you’ll learn to lean on him in times of trouble and ask his guidance when faced with decisions. Daily prayer helps you tap into the full potential of your faith for a life filled with God’s peace, grace, and joy.
4) More frequent communication builds a stronger relationship
How often do you talk to your best friend? To your spouse? To your children? Probably more than once a week, right? Developing a strong relationship requires frequent communication. The more we talk to each other and have quality conversations, the better our relationship will be.
The same is true with God. If you desire a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God, you need to talk to him more than once a week. You need to have frequent, quality conversations with him. This means going beyond merely reciting corporate prayers (although these are great places to start). It means opening your heart and inviting him into your life. Share your struggles and challenges. Celebrate the blessings and victories with him. Ask his help and guidance. Ask forgiveness for the areas you fall short.
The more you pray and share your heart with God, the strong your relationship will be and the more personally you’ll know God.
5) The discipline of daily prayer is part of submitting your heart to God
Giving your life to Jesus is not a one-time event, but a daily discipline of submission. It’s the daily release of your control to instead live under God’s rule and guidance. Praying daily is part of that discipline. Not a rule or qualification, but an act of love for the One who loves you dearly and wants to lead your life.
Daily prayer is a way you express your devotion and commitment to God, giving him a priority in your day, precious time from your schedule.
6) Answered prayers are prayers prayed
If you aren’t praying and asking for God’s blessings and help, how do you expect him to answer your prayers? He’s ready and waiting to bless you with good gifts in his time and his way, but he wants you to first engage him in prayer. He wants your heart and that’s something you can only truly give him through the daily practice of prayer. Daily making God a priority in your schedule, opening your heart, and submitting to his lead.
If you want your prayers to be answered, pray daily and pray sincerely.
7) Opening your heart to God daily allows God to work in your heart
God’s focus isn’t results but hearts. He wants to win over your heart and move it closer to his. He may do that through answering earthly needs, or he may do that by working in your heart to shift your focus to him. When you spend regular, frequent time in prayer, you allow God to do his work in your heart. Prayer is where the transformation happens, where your heart is healed and renewed.
Will you make daily prayer a priority?
Prayer – especially regular, daily, personal prayer – can transform your day and your heart. So, will you take the next step to make prayer a priority in your life? I know your day is busy (so is mine!), but I promise you can find time for what you hold as a priority.
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