Almost everybody is too busy! Experience shows that prayer is one of the first things to go when the calendar gets full. Prayer requires intentionality and discipline, but is an amazingly flexible activity. Little simple prayers add up and make a big difference. Long prayers can bring us peace and can have an immeasurable impact on the world. Don’t be passive and let opportunities to pray slip away. Seize the day and pray!
1. Put prayer index cards in your wallet with your credit and store cards. Instead of checking your phone while you wait in line, pray through a card while you wait. If you have several, rotate them. Change them as prayers are answered.
It’s a great feeling to have thoroughly prayed through all that has been spinning through your mind throughout the days.
I have done this and have found my personal mini-retreats to be tremendously spiritually productive! It’s a great feeling to have thoroughly prayed through all that has been spinning through your mind throughout the days. You will leave feeling not just refreshed, but productive for God. Your time with the Lord is an investment. You will find that the days ahead are blessed and that your time given to God and spent with Him is enjoyed and rewarded.
3. Dedicate certain situations as opportunities to pray for specific people or concerns. For example, you may decide to pray for your neighbors when you do yard work. Not the whole time, maybe, but start out all of your yard work with a prayer for each neighbor. Or pray for your Pastor and church leadership when you drive to weekly church meetings. Or pray for your friends when you fold laundry. This becomes automated if you are deliberate, until you get into a habit. Imagine the cumulative effect over time!
4. Decide to skip a routine activity and pray instead. A key to increasing your prayers is to be intentional about praying. Skip a night of television to pray. If you do this once a month, that’s 12 prayer sessions this year that you otherwise would not have had! Set a time and pray for a pre-determined amount of time. For example, say “Instead of checking social media, I will pray for 30 minutes.” Then do it. You have to pray a long time to run out of prayer needs. The Holy Spirit is very helpful if you get stuck!
A key to increasing your prayers is to be intentional about praying.
6. Go for a prayer walk. If you have never gone on a prayer walk, try it! Or get on your treadmill without headphones and use the time to pray. Praying out loud can seem awkward, but if you have privacy, it can help you stay on track. Give the Holy Spirit free reign to guide your prayers. A cardio workout is not necessary. Just go for a leisurely walk and talk to God.
When it occurs to you, and may even annoy you, that your time is being wasted, turn that time into productive prayer time!
Remember, I Thessalonians 5:17 says, "pray without ceasing." You can't pray too much! Is there someone in your life that needs Jesus? Imagine if you pray for him or her every time you wait for a left turn at a red light. In just a week you may pray for his or her salvation a dozen times. Do you care a lot about your relative’s health condition? Decide to intercede for them instead of watching the news tonight. The possibilities are endless. Make a difference, and be used mightily of God, by deciding to just pray!