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:

  1. Pause: Be still and be present.
  2. Rejoice: Worship, honour and thank God for who He is and what He’s done.
  3. Ask: Present your requests to God – for others and for yourself.
  4. Yield: Surrender, confess, listen.

A SIMPLE OUTLINE FOR PERSONAL DAILY PRAYER:

  1. Praise: Begin by expressing your love to God (Matthew 6:9)“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
  2. 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.”
  3. Provision: Ask God to provide for our needs. (Matthew 6:11) “Give us today our daily bread.”
  4. Pardon: Ask God to forgive your sins (Matthew 6:12) “And forgive us our sins…”
  5. People: Pray for other people (Matthew 6:12) “…as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”
  6. Protection: Ask for spiritual protection (Matthew 6:13) “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

PRAYER NEEDS

You can submit a prayer request using the Prayer Form link below.