I kicked off a prayer series this last weekend at The Rock Church and, given the amount of time I spend in prayer and how it proportionately relates to my level of peace, focus, and ease; I thought Id give some clues on my personal modus operandi when it comes to this vital component of my personal life.
First, my motivation to pray is what captured me to follow Christ and become a believer in the first place. It’s the same reason I choose to pray.
I want to understand the dimension of Christs love!
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spiritnot a brute strength but a glorious inner strengththat Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, youll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christs love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:14-19 (MSG)
But, here are some of the easy to do practices of having a prayer life that motivates one to actually pray.
If youve lacked good prayer disciplines in the past, focus on just a few minutes at a time.
Pray for a few situations at a time. Pray for a few people at a time. Pray a few words at a time. Go ahead and allow yourself to start right where you are at with no condemnation whatsoever.
Ive learned that when I pray in generalities, I usually dont pray very often.
Instead, make lists. Detail circumstances. Write down names. Ask questions of those you are praying for. Get clarity as to what is really needed.
Pray daily. If you tell someone you will pray for him or her, then do it.
I often am driving in the car listening to the stereo when I am reminded that I told a person I would pray for them. In that moment, I do it.
Remember the Big Picture
Sometimes a lot of struggles require prayer, both personal and others.
Remember, struggles are not a sign of doing poorly; they are an opportunity to build your faith. Seeing difficult circumstances overcome is how God builds your faith and that of others. Give Him that opportunity! Embrace the struggles and pray big prayers!
Finally, I will be covering some huge content over the next two Sundays at The Rock Church, so dont forget to tune into therockchurch.info at 9:30am and 11:30amPacific Time. Given the content in my coming Sunday messages, I think you may gain a deeper sense of what Ive written in this short blog post.
Also, Id like to invite you to join me as I host a live prayer meeting every Wednesday night at 10pm Pacific Time also at therockchurch.info. Hope to see ya there and we can pray together.
These simple steps are what I’ve learned about prayer that has made a difference in my life. I hope you found them helpful, and, as always, I invite you to leave your comments below