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How To Cultivate A Stronger Prayer Life

We know to pray.  We know the words of Jesus in Luke 18:1, that we should always pray and not lose heart.  We know from Matthew 6:5 that Jesus said His disciples would pray.  Prayer also marked the early Church (Acts 2:42; 4:31; 12:5).  Paul the Apostle said that we were to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

How then can we cultivate a stronger prayer life?  Let me give you some brief thoughts on this subject.

1.  Pray About All Things.

Whatever you read or hear about, pray about it.  Pray when you hear the news.  Pray when you talk to a person whether a saved or lost person.  Pray about all things including what you might think of a trivial.  God knows and He cares.

2.  Pray the Word of God.

Quote the promises of God when you pray.  For example, when you pray for the salvation of others pray for the Holy Spirit to do His job according to John 16:8 and convict the person you are praying for.  Pray 1 Timothy 2:4 for the lost.  Pray 2 Peter 3:9 for the lost.  Pray 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 for other disciples to be sanctified.

3.  Pray With Singing.  

King David wrote in Psalm 108:1 that he would sing and make melody with all his being.  Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:15 that he would sing with his spirit and with his mind.  We can sing praises to God as a prayer unto Him.  I often find myself singing a new song unto the Lord that rises up from my inner man.  My prayer turns into praises to my God who abides with me.

4.  Praise God for Answered Prayers.

Allow the Lord to remind you of times when He has been faithful to answer your prayers.  Praise Him for your family, for saving you, for His Word, for His provisions, for His grace and mercy.  We have so much to be thankful for and in prayer we can express our longing to praise Him for all things He has done for us.  He is so faithful.

5.  Rejoice In His Sovereignty.

Rejoice that God is in control and that He hears our cries.  Rejoice in prayer knowing the promise of Jesus in John 14:13-14.  We have the honor because of Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16) to approach the throne of God.  God hears our cries because of the work of Christ who prays for us forever (Hebrews 7:25).  Rejoice that God is able to do exceedingly more than we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21).

6.  Pray!

Above all else, pray.  You know the call to prayer.  You sense the Spirit of God calling you to tarry with the Lord.  So pray!  Pray always.  Awaken the morning with prayer (Psalm 5:3) and end your day in prayer.  Pray as you go.  Pray as you work.  Pray while you drive.  Pray!

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/03/2013 at 10:32 AM

Posted in Prayer

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