My brain likes to be busy, but this mindset can hurt my prayer life. So often, I start praying only to be interrupted with thoughts of what is to come. My mind follows, leaping down the rabbit hole and after 15 minutes of pursuing these ideas, I forget that I was even praying.
As I walk with God, I have noticed that while I grow in some aspects of my faith, others fall behind and I suspect this is due to a lackluster prayer life. As I have been exploring this, I have been led to a few key concepts:
God Wants to Talk to us Like a Friend
God wants to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us. He wants to comfort us in the valleys and be a friend when we are alone. I don’t know about you, but it is really hard to have a friend that you don’t talk to. I can hardly say that that one guy who sits beside me in Fluid Mechanics is a friend, but if I talk to him more than I do God what does that have to say about my walk with Jesus. How is he supposed to know me if I can hardly hold a conversation with Him?
Think about How You Pray
Prayer has many forms. Prayer is thanking God for little things, it’s deep conversations where you wrestle with your faith. Prayer is asking our Father for healing, and it is praising Him for all that He does. We can see all sorts of prayer in the Bible. Jesus gives us great examples throughout scripture of how we should pray.
12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy.[a] And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
We can see that as Jesus grew in popularity, a large crowd began to follow him. Jesus spent many of his days healing the sick and teaching this crowd, but he made it a habit to withdraw so that he could be by himself and talk to his Father. This was just one way that Jesus prayed, and we should take note of this. Remember that in all of the craziness of life, take time to withdraw into a desolate place and pray.
Another way that Jesus prayed was in public for others. We can see in Matthew how
Jesus had children brought to him and he prayed over them.
13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Talk to God Constantly
How many times are we asked to pray for someone, but we forget when prayer time comes? I know that this happens way too many times to me, but something I have started is praying for that person immediately. Praying with them for healing or for whatever they need to talk to God about. If I get a text asking for prayer I stop right there and pray for it so that it does not go forgotten.
These have been just some of the ways that I have refreshed my prayer life. Let me know what you think in the comments!