These four simple tips will supercharge your prayer life.
#1 Choose the Right Time to Pray
Whatever time you choose, it needs to be a time you can consistently set aside for prayer. The bookend prayer strategy is usually the first place to start.
This means you will bookend the beginning and the end of your day with prayer. As soon as you wake up, get out of bed and begin praying. At the end of the day, before you get into bed set aside some more time to pray.
Once the day gets going, there are always going to be distractions that pull you away from your prayer plan. The beginning and the end of the day will typically occur in a quiet bedroom with time to focus on God.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
#2 Choose the Right Location to Pray
With the bookend prayer strategy, it is very important that you do not pray while you are lying down in bed. This will usually end with you falling asleep before you say, “Amen.”
All you need is a place to kneel down to begin your prayer. Two of my favorite spots are by the bed and next to the dresser. For outside the bedroom prayers, the most important factor is going to be finding a place that is quiet and distraction-free.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
#3 What to Pray For
I taught my two young boys a very simple way to pray. This is commonly known as the 3-point prayer.
You start off by praising God for something He has done. This could be for you, for others, or for creating the universe. The second part is praying for others, and the final part is praying for yourself.
But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
#4 Why Should We Pray
There are many reasons why we should pray, but the most important one is to build a relationship with God. When we pray we are talking directly with God. The more we talk, the closer we get.
The Lord is near to all who call on him.
This 8-minute video from Father Mike breaks these 4 tips down a little deeper.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.