Now I cannot guarantee that everyone will be a prayer warrior in 60 days but I want to invite you to ponder what I am about to share and possibly commit to try it for just two months. You have nothing to lose but you have a whole new dimension to your relationship with God to gain.
Along the lines of things that I am used to hearing as a person who was raised in a church “pray, pray, pray, and then pray some more” is on that list. If you ever had a problem the first thing out of anyone’s mouth was “have you prayed about this?” Being a do-er this used to frustrate me to no end. I didn’t want to pray about it, I wanted to go ahead and fix the problem. It seemed to me like a passive way of admitting defeat.
As I grew up I began to really see how important prayer was in fact it was all over scripture.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. –James 5:13-15
To name a few. As I was frustrated with feeling far from God in my life I began to look seriously into lack of prayer as the stumbling block that was hindering me from drawing close to the throne of God everyday. It was.
The scripture is very clear when it talks about the power of prayer. Whatever we ask for in Jesus’ name we shall receive if it is in his plan! This was enough motivation to start working on my prayer life. I was inspired by the likes of Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot, and other great women of the faith! However I quickly realized that saying I was going to do something and actually doing it was two different things. I had to come up with a plan -and I did. I followed this plan meticulously and at the end of two months I found a greater joy in prayer, found myself more constantly in conversation with God, and found much more comfort in people saying they would pray for me. I’m still no prayer warrior but I am on the road growing into a better version of myself everyday. So what was this plan? It was simply I made a prayer journal and listed my goals and completed them. Here is how:
1. Making your Journal: I bought a couple of cheap cahier moleskin notebooks. The cheaper the better so that you won’t feel nervous about writing in them. I divided the book and put sections for each day of the week (Sunday-Saturday) This made it easier to keep up with each day individually. You could just as easily keep it like an actual journal with flowing dates. I bought the smallest size but whatever size you buy it needs to be easily carried about. Once you have the journal ready its time to start writing in it!
2. Your Motivation: Take the first page and take a second to write down your motivation as you will see if everyday that you look in to write down your prayers. For myself I put Colossians 4:2-6
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
as well as a quick quote from E.M. Bounds “four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer” Mr. Bounds has much more to say in the way of prayer than I ever could. If you have questions read any of his many books on prayer. Anyways these two quotes are my motivating phrases written down. Then on the back of that page write down any goals you have. They can be goals such as “pray every morning when I wake up”, “pray 3x a day” etc. For me my main goal was “complain less, pray more” Writing your goals will keep you on the road to complete them.
3. Get to Praying: Alright so now that your book is ready it is time to start writing! First turn to the day of the week and write down anything that is troubling you, any questions that you have, anything you need forgiveness for, etc. When you run out of things to talk about yourself then it is time to start praying for others. Write down any requests you can think of other people have asked you to pray for them about. Actually write down the requests from Sunday mornings. If you can’t think of any people to prayer simply pull out your phone. Go through your texts. Who have you not talked to in awhile? shoot them a text asking if they need prayer for anything. Go on Facebook ask your friends. Once you have your requests written down you are ready to start praying! (**Remember to write down prayers, anxieties, requests etc as they come to mind!**)
4. Actually Pray: Don’t leave it to writing the requests down and think that you have prayed that way. Take 5-10 Minutes each day going through your list and praying out loud or in your head through each request.
5. Go Back and See His Hand: This is the fun part! Go through your list at the end of your week. Go through the whole list from the beginning. Write a little note or star next to prayers that have been answered. Write updates to prayer requests that need to be updated, etc. After you have reviewed your personal requests touch base with any friends you are praying for. Do they still need prayer or have they been answered? After all this look at the work that has been done! I know for me that there was an answer for almost every prayer within a week of my writing it down! It was this kind of realization that helped boost my confidence in the power of prayer.
6. Praise Him! He has been so good to answer your prayers send him some praise!
I kept this up for two months and then I kept doing it because I loved seeing a tangible record of God’s graces to me. I just felt so at peace about things after I had written them down and prayed about it. It brought me closer to my friends as I prayed for them and I found so much more confidence in daily situations. I felt so much closer to God as I engaged in daily conversation with him. If you have trouble praying try this! There is nothing more important that your relationship with Christ! If you have any good tips, ideas, experiences, etc with prayer please share for the encouragement and uplifting of God’s People. God bless you this week!