Abundant Living, Spirituality

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Prayer Life

July 6, 2020
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If you want to build an abundant life for yourself, if you want to build a legacy for your family, then you need to know these 5 ways to strengthen your prayer life.

A healthy prayer life will not only strengthen your relationship with God, but will also strengthen your mindset, give you clarity about your purpose, grant you peace that only comes from God, teach you how to build healthier relationships, and help you develop consistent life skills that will continue to bear fruit in your life.

So, without further ado, let’s get into these 5 ways to strengthen your prayer life.

 

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Prayer Life

Set a consistent time for prayer:

The most important part about prayer is actually praying, right! It’s actually showing up consistently. It’s the day in, day out showing up to prayer, especially when you feel like your prayers aren’t being answered, or God is silent with you. These are the hardest days to pray.

When you set a time for prayer, you must show up every day and talk with God. This builds trust and intimacy. Intimacy with God builds faith and the relationship that is needed to sustain the ups and downs of life. When you get to know God’s heart and His characteristics, you will never doubt His heart and love for you, even if you feel like He’s not answering your prayer.

 

Write down your prayers:

God either says yes to our prayers, or no, or not now/I have something else for you. Oftentimes when our visions do align with God’s vision, it is in hindsight. God will never tell us the full story about what He’s doing because then we will have no need for faith, and our relationship with God is based on having faith and trusting in Him.

When you write down your prayers, you have clarity about what you want, about why the desire matters to you, and when it’s something you pray about consistently, it becomes clear that this prayer is of utmost importance to you.

So, when God does answer your prayer in any of the three ways above, you will be able to trace His hand and see how He responded to you. The important thing to remember is that God does not always answer prayers right away, so sometimes we will forget that we even asked for something, but when you have your prayer notes to return to, you can only strengthen your faith in Him by witnessing His answers to you.

 

Fasting:

Fasting is an essential part of a believer’s prayer life. The act of fasting brings you closer to God. It is inherently a self-sacrifice to God. It is giving your body as an offering to God in perpetual prayer for the hours you fast for. Fasting is a form of worshipping God.

Whatever the reason that you fast for, spend time meditating on and talking with God about those reasons during your fast. Fasting allows you to spend time in God’s presence; it allows you to humble yourself and bring your troubles to Him. It allows you to quiet your mind and the noise in your life and seek God’s presence and will.

If you’re still not sure about fasting, read the New Testament gospels, even Jesus fasted. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before He even began His ministry. So, what makes us as believers think we should do different to Jesus’ examples?

 

Don’t just pray about what you want:

If we’re honest, when we pray, we tend to focus on what we want. We tend to ask God to bless us in the current situations that we’re in, we ask Him for miracles with no mention of what we will do to prepare for it or how we will change, and we tell Him all the things He must do for us to make us happy.

However, we rarely spend anytime listening to God. We spend very little time – if any – asking what God wants us to do, asking where He wants us to go, how He wants us to speak or behave, we spend barely anytime repenting on the wrongs and insults committed against God, and we spend almost no time asking Him what He wants us to change or give up to be more pleasing and faithful to Him.

In these prayers, we might as well be praying to ourselves, because they leave no room for God in these situations. We do not recognize or reverence His authority and power, and we demonstrate a lack of humility in His presence. Prayer is communication with God. Communication is a two-way street.

 

Decide whose will you obey:

As I mentioned above, when we pray, we tend to do all the talking. We rarely spend time listening to God’s responses to us. Prayer is open communication between us and God. Communication builds trust, respect, and love. When we communicate with God, He communicates back, but we often miss this because we leave no room to hear His responses to us. Sometimes, He speaks to us, sometimes He places a scripture in our thoughts and/or spirit, sometimes He speaks through others, among other things, but we must make room to hear back from Him.

We must make plans in advance to obey Him. After He speaks to us, will we continue doing what we wanted to do? Or will we submit our will to His desires and plans for us? The more we disobey God, the more it draws us away from Him and His will for our lives. But the more we obey Him and build trust in our relationship, the stronger our relationship gets, and the more He will trust us with.

 

Summary

These 5 ways to strengthen your prayer life will work for you. That is, if you dedicate yourself to them, if you follow them and seek God in the process. He will share with you the areas He sees in your prayer life that need improvement if you ask Him to.

If you’re ready to start on this journey, I have a few resources to help you with. First, be sure to get your copy of my eBook, Hearing From God: A 7-Day Devotional in our GMP Shop and visit the Printables page and download your free copy of the Getting Closer to God Checklist.

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