5 Ways to Strengthen Your Prayer Life
Have you ever asked yourself, “how can my prayer life become stronger or more effective?” Do you ever wonder, what having a strong prayer life may look like? I don’t know about you, but I have realized that no matter how much I pray (communicate with God), there’s always room for improvement in my prayer life.
Our prayer life is a reflection of our intimacy with Father God. If you desire to be closer to God and deepen your intimacy with Him, then you’ll need to take the time to evaluate your prayer life. Think about it – how much time are you spending in prayer? How effective are your prayers? If you’re looking to be strengthened, refilled, refreshed, and have a place of intimacy with our Heavenly Father; a strengthened prayer life will help.
Look at Jesus’ life and His prayer life specifically. His ministry started with prayer (Luke 3:21-22). If you truly study Jesus’ ministry and His lifestyle, He spent much time in prayer with the Father. The time He spent with the father throughout His ministry prepared Him for everything He went through to fulfill his purpose; including training His disciple, betrayal, persecution and enduring the cross. Jesus made sure He spent time away from people to seek and hear from God for His next assignment.
It all started with prayer for Jesus and I believe it should for you and I too. We can do the same thing as Jesus and find strength, refreshing and direction just as He did.
Here’s 5 foundational ways to help strengthen your prayer life, the necessity to walk into your God-given destiny.
1.Start Your Day with Prayer.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. –Psalm 5:3
As this psalmist did, learning to talk to God daily with everything concerning you and your life is important. Mornings are a great time to commune with the father and seek his face.
2.Command Your Morning.
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?” –Job 38:12-13
This tool alone will sharpen your prayer life. As we see in Job we have the ability to take charge or give order to our day. Decree and declare how you want your day to go. This is your God-given authority. Scripture explains to us that there’s life and death in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21), therefore, you have the authority to speak and command how you want your day to line up.
3.Believe & Receive.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.-Mark 11:24
Do you believe that you’ll receive when you pray? When you have faith and believe that God will be faithful to his word your prayer life will be strengthened. In Isaiah 43:26 it says, “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.” While praying, it’s okay to remind God of his promises found in scripture, however you must also believe those promises. Whatever promise you are believing God for stand and declare it.
4.Develop a Fasting Lifestyle.
He replied, “So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” –Mark 9:29
Have you ever felt spiritually drained? Have you ever felt worn out? Do you feel that it’s difficult to focus or find direction in life? Fasting will help clear the spiritual airways, so you can hear God better and discern the enemy. When you’re experiencing warfare or feeling weighed down and it’s hard to connect with the Father, chances are you need to fast. Fasting regularly will help you stay strong spiritually and have victory over the enemy and his many devices. Learning to fast and pray will help build up your spirit, keep your spirit man clean, plus you’ll become more sensitive to the voice of God and your spiritual surroundings.
5.Keep your Spirit Clean and Pure.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. -Psalm 51:10
The health of our spirit is our responsibility. Who we surround ourselves with, heed advice from, and how you think can affect our spiritual health. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” People have the ability to drain and influence us negatively, resulting in spiritual and even physical issues. However, when we come in the presence of the Lord in prayer, it’s important to be like David and desire to have a pure heart and a renewed spirit. It’s your job to make sure your spirit is pure and sincere when you come to the Lord in prayer. God wants to help you with this. You’ll feel focused with less distractions while praying, be strengthened and alert.