If you’re being honest, how would you describe your prayer life right now? Strong and vibrant, something you crave and leaves you feeling invigorated, a time you feel God’s power and receive His guidance? Or, lukewarm, stale, a task to check off each week, a list to ramble through, but not feeling the impact? Or, vacant and tepid, something you do at church on Sundays or maybe a list to run through at night with your children, but not something you give much thought to during the week? Or does it make you feel inadequate or uncomfortable, not sure you’re good enough at it to really try?
I’d venture to guess we’ve all felt most of these at some time in our lives. Maybe you’ve never known prayer as anything more than as what you say together in church or a laundry list of names you run through at bedtime. Maybe you’ve tried prayer and didn’t see any results, so you gave up. Or, you just don’t feel like you’re very good at prayer, so you don’t try as often as you’d like.
But what if prayer could be something you looked forward to each day, a time you craved and came away feeling invigorated? What if prayer became a powerful force in your life, a time to palpably feel God’s power in your life, to receive His guidance, and to truly impact the lives of others through your prayers?
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I found my own prayer life transformed in just this way by doing two things:
1) Learn to listen for God in prayer.
Prayer is our conversation with God, yet too often I did all the talking. I used my prayers to list out all my requests and name all the people who needed God, but I didn’t give God a chance to speak. I didn’t share my life with Him, didn’t talk about my hopes and dreams, or ask Him for guidance.
When I began to listen and give God space in my prayers to speak, I realized prayer truly could be a two-way conversation. I found prayer to be more about developing a relationship with God, than a time to list everything in my world that needed God’s help. After all, God already knows our requests, but He wants to engage us in conversation over those needs.
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2) Utilize a variety of prayer methods to connect with God in different ways.
For the longest time, I really only knew two ways to pray. One was the corporate prayers at church, where the words flowed almost poetically and the one leading the prayers seemed to knew exactly what to pray. While I loved hearing these prayers, they greatly intimidated me and made me feel like I never had the right words to use in prayer. The other way was my fumbling attempt to go through my prayer list, but it always felt a bit like taking my Christmas list to Santa as a child. I would go through my list of all the things I wanted God to fix in the world around me.
As I began to wonder if there could be more to prayer than this and started exploring different ways to pray, I found numerous other ways to engage God in prayer. I’m no artist, but I love praying through art and doodling. I love getting out my markers and Bible to pray over a key verse, writing out the verse in my art journal and doodling as I pray through the words. I love praying through movement as I walk a labyrinth. I love sitting in the silence, listening for God’s presence and guidance. And I could go on and on…
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Explore Prayer More Deeply with Pray Deep Guided Prayer Journals
If you’re looking for a guide to connect to God in prayer more deeply and ignite your prayer life, I’ve just published “Pray Deep”, a 21-day guided prayer journal to help you explore the nature of prayer and experience different ways to pray. This journal will take you through almost 20 different prayer methods, utilizing scripture, art, writing, movement, and listening to engage different senses and styles.
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As a companion book, look for the “Pray Deep Prayer Journal” to record your own prayer journey. This journal provides pages to record your prayers, your key scripture verse, and how you hear God responding each day. It also includes a section to track prayer requests and God’s responses to those prayers, along with a reference section of 23 different prayer methods and how to use each one.
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These journals will make great additions to your prayer war room or as gifts for friends who want to grow in their prayer lives. Or, use “Pray Deep” as a study tool with a small group and explore prayer together, sharing your experiences with each of the prayers.
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