Written by Pastor Cody Berry
This past Wednesday, we had an incredible time seeking God to change the situations of our lives and to move in our hearts in power. I just wanted to share with you with a few things that we have talked about over the last few weeks that will encourage you in your prayer times with God. First of all, Jesus taught us how to pray. He gives us an incredible model in the New Testament that teaches us to pray. This is what Jesus taught in Matthew 6:9-13,
9 ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
I love it! Pray from a heart of pure worship, pray for God's priority in our lives, pray for his provision for our daily needs, pray for him to pardon our sin, and pray for his power to lead us into Godly living! This is an incredible way to pray. This is what I have found. If we just read about prayer but never do it there is no growth in this area of our lives. So I want to challenge you to make prayer a lifestyle.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Smith Wigglesworth once said, "I never pray for more than a half hour, but I never go more than a half hour without prayer."
So, I’m not suggesting that you have to go into hiding to pray all the time. What I am suggesting is that prayer become part of your way of living. That you are tuned into the things of God on a constant basis. That you bend your heart toward God. Let me give you some practical tips about making prayer a lifestyle.
1. Make it a priority
If prayer is not a priority, it won't be something that you constantly invest your life in. The truth is, we invest in what is important to us. So go out of your way to make praying priority in your life.
2. Have a Place
Do you have a place that you pray. I understand you can't go and hide away there all the time, but do you have a place where you develop an intimate relationship with Jesus. Intimacy demands some solitude where you can remove distractions. Jesus often went away in private to pray (Luke 6, Luke 22).
3. Have a Plan
People don’t plan to fail, the fail to plan. Having a plan helps to ensure that it is a priority. Jesus gives us a good model which I already mentioned. But having a plan is powerful in any endeavor that we are pursuing.
I have had moments of intentional prayer where I felt like I could have prayed for ever. I have also had moments where I went to prayer with no plan to pray and I just kind of walked around and thought about everything under the sun. I firmly believe having a plan keeps us focused.
4. Prayer is about a Person
Never get so routine in praying that you forget that prayer is about developing a relationship with the one who created you. This is an incredible opportunity that we have. We can know Jesus intimately! That is motivation enough to make prayer a lifestyle.
As always, I want you to know that I love you all and pray for God to encourage you and grow you into what God has for you!