Creating a Lifestyle of Prayer
Prayer is most effective when it isn’t something we do every now and then, but when it's a lifestyle we cultivate. To understand how to have a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.
HAVE A CERTAIN TIME
Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening. Set an alarm, and stick to it!
HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE
Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a certain place to pray helps to minimize distractions and frees us to listen, to worship and to pray out loud.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLAN
When Jesus taught His followers how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” As we pray each day our words and plans may shift, but set aside time to:
- Pause: Be still and be present.
- Rejoice: Worship, honour and thank God for who He is and what He’s done.
- Ask: Present your requests to God – for others and for yourself.
- Yield: Surrender, confess, listen.
A SIMPLE OUTLINE FOR PERSONAL DAILY PRAYER:
- Praise: Begin by expressing your love to God (Matthew 6:9)“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
- Purpose: Commit yourself to God’s purpose and will for your life (Matthew 6:10)“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
- Provision: Ask God to provide for our needs. (Matthew 6:11) “Give us today our daily bread.”
- Pardon: Ask God to forgive your sins (Matthew 6:12) “And forgive us our sins…”
- People: Pray for other people (Matthew 6:12) “…as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”
- Protection: Ask for spiritual protection (Matthew 6:13) “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
You can submit a prayer request using the Prayer Form link below.