Every year I ask God to reveal to me an area I need to grow in personally and spiritually. Over the past few years, I’ve felt prompted to be present, love better, and most recently, pray more.
Usually, I’m like Gideon with the fleece (Judges 6:36-40), asking God to confirm what He wants me to do just one more time. But when I got the inner prompting to pray more, I felt the conviction instantly and humbly accepted the guidance.
But then months went by without a change in my prayer life. I hadn’t forgotten my focus on prayer, but I felt stuck in bad habits that left me without dedicated time to prayer.
I know I’m not the only one who struggles with prayer. Most of us want to pray more, but our day flies by and we never get around to it. So today I want to share some tips that I’ve found useful in starting a daily prayer habit.
And just to be clear, I’m not talking about spending an hour a day in prayer. If you have the time and ability to do that, then great! But my goal was around 10-minutes a day of focused, intentional prayer.
Tips for Starting a Prayer Habit
1. Put it on your calendar.
Scheduling time to pray was the first step for me. My planner’s weekly spread has the days broken down into time blocks, so I wrote down “pray” at a certain time each day. Of course, this only works if you actually look at your schedule each day, so, if you’re not a calendar person, try an alarm on your phone instead.
2. Do an activity swap.
Already have a full schedule? This tip is for you! Think about your average day and ask yourself, is there 10-minutes I usually spend scrolling Facebook, watching funny YouTube videos, or reading a book? If so, spend this time in prayer instead.
When I asked myself this question, I realized I can pray while nursing my baby instead of reading or scrolling Facebook. Which brings me to the final tip.
Multitasking only works when one activity is done on “auto-pilot,” freeing up your brain to do another task at the same time. Therefore, think of daily tasks you do that are second nature so that you can pray while doing them.
For example, one friend says the best place to pray is in the shower because it’s the only place that’s quiet in her house with four kids. Someone else I know prays in the car during her daily commute. Other times you could pray include, while you wash dishes, pull weeds in the garden, or exercise.
These three tips really helped me become more intentional with restarting a daily prayer habit and I hope they help you too.
In my journey to praying more, finding a prayer time was only the first hurdle. Next, I had to get past a mental block. Even though I wanted to pray, I struggled to find the words to say. Since simple tips for finding time to pray worked so well, I decided to find some simple tips for praying even when I struggled to find the words to say. I share about those here.
Looking for resources on prayer? Check out my prayer journals. Each one guides you through praying scripture over your life and are great for helping you develop a daily prayer habit.
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