Here is a secret to having a great prayer life and a guarantee that you will live out the Apostle’s Paul’s advice found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. His advice being this: “Pray without ceasing.”
In going about and doing your day to day life I recommend this…
The minute you notice that you get out of a place of rest (peace) and begin to feel frustrated about anything, stop right then and talk to God, your Heavenly Father, Who loves you very much, about the situation and the frustration you are feeling. Then ask Him to help you.
The minute someone hurts your feelings and you notice that you begin to go down a path of bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness, stop right then and talk to God about your hurt feelings and how you are struggling to not feel offended. Then ask Him to help you.
The minute you get disturbing news that provokes fear in your heart, stop right then and talk to God about the fear you are experiencing and also tell Him of your desire to cast all of your cares on Him. Then ask Him to help you.
The minute you feel like you are in a situation where you don’t know what to do, stop right then and talk to God about how you need His wisdom. Then ask Him to help you.
The minute you become concerned about a loved one, a friend or a complete stranger’s well being, whether it be their salvation or the relief you want them to receive from something hard they are going through, stop right then and talk to God about your concerns and pray for that person. Then ask God to help them.
There are so many other times as well that you can purposely depend on God for comfort and help. How about these – when you’re feeling lonely, when you’re in pain, or when you are desperately missing someone you have lost, due to death much earlier than you ever dreamed you would. These can be such tough situations, so when you are feeling the stress from any of them, keep casting your cares on the Lord, knowing that He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
You should hear us in the McCollom house. Frequently, when discussing a situation that has come up in our own lives or the life of someone else we know, right in the middle of talking about it, we are suddenly reminded by the Holy Spirit that we need to pray about the situation right then.
We often say, “Let’s pray about this right now.” We don’t wait until later on to pray. You and I both know what happens if we say we will do it later. Our daily routines take over, causing us to forget.
Since we have experienced this time and again, it has taught us to never delay, but pray right away anytime it’s possible to do so. There is an attitude of prayer in our hearts and in our home. It supersedes everything else, including trying the figure out life’s answers on our own.
Going to God often in prayer and placing our trust in Him is our first line of defense and It can also be yours. A great prayer life is possible and it’s as simple as this!
Let’s just say someone, after reading this post, said to themselves, “I was thinking a post on prayer would have been a lot deeper than this?” Of course there are many other ways to have a great prayer life as well, but let me explain something. I have found over these past two years in discovering God’s grace that I was both way too deep and way too complicated and I was anxious and frustrated most of the time as a result.
Learning about the simplicity of trusting God is what set me free from my complicated self. I love the simplicity of the Gospel of Grace, which is why, when reading my blog, you probably won’t find anything too complicated, but you also probably won’t walk away saying to yourself, “What did all that mean?”
I used to worry A LOT, thinking to myself, “Am I praying enough?” But I don’t have those worries anymore because once I really quit trusting in myself and started trusting in God instead, I found that my need to pray increased exponentially.
I truly feel like I pray constantly now and it brings me so much peace to turn it all over to God… again and again and again.
Enjoy your new prayer life!
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!