Prayer (How-to’s and What-not)

Last week in my sermon I suggest that our prayer life was critical to our theology. It has a way of bringing us into God’s presence and burning away the nonsense in our life. It cultivates a humility that is good for our theology.

I received several inquiries this week about how to cultivate a more consistent prayer life. I offer up these simple suggestions and a resource. The suggestions I have received in one form or another from others. I hope they help you.

The simple info first, then a resource for you.

Simple info:
1) Regularly scheduled times of prayer each day (ideally the same time). read a Psalm, journal the words of the Psalm in your own words and then spend time praying to the Father. Keep a list of requests. Also keep a list of things you think God may be saying to you during prayer. Look for confirmation of those things throughout the day. I usually fill about a page of a moleskin a day in this exercise. Maybe a half a page. You don’t want it to be a burden… you just want to be able to capture this part of your life.

2) Spontaneous prayer. this is stop lights, when the internet is down, ect. Sometimes it is when you feel crisis, need or anxiety… but it should be more than that. You want to cultivate a discipline of talking to God throughout the day. Becoming more aware of His presence in the ordinary times.

3) Corporate or group prayer. This can be with a couple of people or even just one. Find someone to pray with a couple of times a week. The purpose is to be able to share the conversation you have with God with someone else and for you to hear the conversation with God of someone else. I find I learn much about God when I hear his children speak to Him. Much like you would be able to discern much about me by listening to my children talk to me. It gives you a different insight.

I hope that helps. I am also including a website from a man named Ken Boa. He has some excellent guidance on prayer. He has even published a couple of books on prayer.

http://www.kenboa.org/

(look at the “daily growth” section)

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