Have you ever wondered if “praying without ceasing” is really possible? Today my friend Melanie shares ten simple but practical ways we can incorporate prayer into our daily routines. It’s an honor to hear from this wise friend…
It’s that thing that we all want to do more OF but never seem to get TO.
It’s that discipline that we so desire to have in our lives; however, most of us have really wimpy prayer lives.
Most Christians I know don’t consider themselves to be mighty prayer warriors.
Yes, scripture tells us to, “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV)
The New Living Translation of this verse suggests that we, “Never stop praying.”
~ Is this possible?
~ Can we really pray without stopping?
~ Is there really a way to pray all day?
In fact, I’d like to share with you 10 Ways to Pray All Day!
As a child, I was taught that all prayer involved a bowed head, a quiet posture, closed eyes, and folded hands.
As an adult, I’m so thankful that we can pray in any place, position, posture, or situation.
There is NO limitation on prayer – except not doing it!
Ready to try praying more?
Here are 10 Easy Ways to Start Praying All Day:
One – Say “Good Morning” to the Lord.
- Acknowledge Him as you begin your day.
- Look toward heaven and speak to Him.
- Spend a few moments at the first of your day in the Word.
- Talk to Him as you are getting dressed, driving carpool, or driving to work.
Two – Share your needs throughout the day as they arise.
- Make your petitions know to the Lord throughout the day.
- As needs arise, pray.
- As you need wisdom, ask for it.
- As you are thinking over problems, present them to God and ask for His help.
Three – Thank Him all day long.
- How has He been sweet to you?
- What has He done for you?
- What are 10 things you could stop and thank Him for right now?
- You can thank Him for sunshine, rain, life, breath, a car to drive, a place to live, food to eat, friends, a job, children, grandchildren, and so much more.
Four – Offer sincere praise to Him for His character.
- Take time to consider how awesome He is.
- Go through the alphabet and thank Him for one of His traits that starts with each letter. A-Awesome, B-Bountiful, C-Compassionate.
- Look around you and praise God for His creation.
Five – Repent as the Spirit convicts you.
- Agree with God as He puts some sin on your heart.
- Keep short accounts with Him.
- Make things right with others as needed as well.
- Check in with Him often and ask Him if there is anything you need to confess.
- Think of it as keeping things right and reconciled.
Six – Make appeals to the Lord.
- Just as a lawyer would appeal to a judge, you can appeal to God.
- Discuss your concerns and frustrations with Him.
- Talk things over with Him just as you would talk to a close friend.
- Express your deepest hurts, needs, desires, passions, and wishes to the Lord. Share your heart with Him.
Philippians 4:6 encourages us to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
Seven – Think about Him.
- Silently direct your thoughts to Him during the day.
- Lift your eyes to heaven and focus on Him for a few seconds.
- Quietly imagine yourself taking a care to the Lord and laying it at His feet.
Eight – Sing to Him.
- Raise your voice and sing.
- Turn up the praise music and sing along.
Nine – Listen for His voice.
- Tune your ears to listen for His voice.
- Allow Him to speak to you through a friend, the Word, a sermon, music, and even a beautiful sunset.
Ten – Say “Good Night” to the Father.
- Close out your day with Him.
- Go to sleep thinking about Him and talking to Him.
Mix these up. Use them as needed and in any order.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be attempted!
One of my favorite quotes on prayer is this one:
“Prayer is a little like eating salted peanuts;
the more you do it, the more you want to do it.”
(14,000 Quips and Quotes)
So, which of the 10 ways will you try first?
I encourage you to pick 1-2 of these suggestions, and start praying more today.
Blogger, author, speaker, encourager and teacher, Melanie’s passion is to offer HOPE! Married to Randy for 25 years; the couple enjoys travel, eating out, and hanging out with their two college-aged kids. You can read more from Melanie on her blog at http://www.melanieredd.com.