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19

How to Make Time for a Daily Prayer

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Life is crazy. Trying to fit any time in for yourself can be a struggle sometimes, but daily prayer is vital to every Christian’s walk.

But how do you find time to pray, and what does prayer even look like? To learn more about the power of prayer and how to make it part of your daily routine, you’ve come to the right place.

Keep reading to learn hot to pray and the importance of prayer. 

Jesus Prayed: Be Like Jesus

When we read the gospels we see Jesus taking time throughout his day to go off and pray. Whether he was surrounded by disciples asking him questions, crowds asking for healing, or enemies trying to entrap him, he still made time to get away and be with his Father in prayer.

By doing this, Jesus models the necessity of pausing your schedule and going off to spend time with your heavenly Father. Making time for daily prayer may seem overwhelming, so let’s break down the basics of how to pray.

What Is Prayer?

We prioritize what is important to us. If we view praying as empty words flying off into space, then we aren’t going to make much effort to fit that into our daily routine.

We need to understand what prayer is to be motivated to spend time in daily prayer. Prayer means that not only are we coming before the throne of God but that the creator of the universe hears us because of the sacrifice of Jesus.

Set Specific Prayer Times

According to the Old Testament, every morning and every evening the Israelites would quote the Shema, which is found in Deuteronomy 6:4. Listen, Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. This was what all of God’s people did for thousands of years, and we can learn from their pattern of daily prayer.

As soon as we wake up, we should have our own version of the Shema. This can be just a few seconds to acknowledge who God is, and why He’s worthy of worship.

Every night as we lay our head on our pillow there should be a time where we are reflecting on our day. It can be thinking about our successes, failures, what we need to thank God for, and for what we need to repent.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus provides the disciples with “The Lord’s Prayer” which models how He wants His people to pray.

By waking up praying Deuteronomy 6:4 and then going to sleep praying Matthew 5:9-14 will provide you with great structured Biblical prayers.

Specific Prayer

Prayer is not just about structure, it is also about the freedom to pray whenever and where ever you need to.

Many of Jesus’s prayers were in preparation for hard trials. Before he was tempted by Satan, he went into the wilderness and spent 40 days fasting and praying. The night before Jesus went to the cross, he spent time praying for strength. He even told the disciples, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation”.

When we see a difficult situation coming up, that should be an automatic trigger in our mind that we need to take a few minutes and pray.

Guided Prayer

One of the biggest obstacles in prayer is not only learning when to pray but also how to pray. There are many great short prayers in the Bible, and as you desire to go deeper in prayer but don’t know how, you should turn to the Psalms.

Read a few lines of a Psalm, and then pray what that Psalm says. With 150 Psalms to choose from, you will have no shortage of topics to pray through.

If you are still struggling with prayer, it’s important to be involved in a good church (like Parkway Fellowship). There you can find more one-on-one guidance and accountability.

Daily Prayer Amid the Chaos

Chances are, if you have time to check social media, you have time to pray. Now that you understand the importance of daily prayer, you can make it a priority to your normal routine.

For more encouragement and advice, check out the pieces in the “Balance My Life” section.

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