Prayer grows out of a conviction that God is my father and He is concerned and willing to help in all circumstances of my life. Unfortunately, we forget and don’t practice the power of prayer. We wander weakly through life because we do not pray. We cannot have God’s power in our lives unless we pray.
We need to develop an effective prayer life. Here are four practices that will help you in this endeavor.
1. Establish the habit of Prayer.
We are all creatures of habit. When we get into the habit of exercise and miss that routine when we skip a session we can tell it. We miss it. Prayer also needs to be a habit for us. Develop a habit of prayer. Martin Luther, the great German theologian, said this about prayer, “Prayer is a powerful thing, for God has linked Himself thereto.”
2. Find a place of Prayer
It will help our prayer life if we can find a place to pray on a regular basis. Find a quiet place that will shut out the distractions of the world. It would be a good idea to create your own prayer closet.
3. Set a time for Prayer
Get into a rhythm of prayer. The Bible says we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). This means that we are to be in an attitude of prayer at all times. Here are some suggestions:
• Pray when you wake up.
• Pray before every meal
• Pray before you go to sleep
• Pray when you miss a green light. You could do like one Christian businessman, instead of taking the elevator to his office, he would use the stairs and prayed the whole way up.
He called them his “prayer stairs.” But, find a definite time of prayer and keep with it. Most outstanding Christians have a definite place and time of prayer. They don’t miss it.
4. Do more than ask.
Learn an effective method to your prayer life. I have found that the ACTS acrostic helps me keep my prayer life in balance. ACTS stands for:
• Adoration-thank the Lord for who He is. Praise Him.
• Confession-confess your sins to Him. Cleanse your life before Him.
• Thanksgiving-thank the Lord for answered prayer and for your relationship with Him.
• Supplication-ask your Heavenly Father to supply your needs and the needs of others. Last week, we looked at the fact that God wants you to grow. This week we see that His desire is that we pray. How do you get started? Make it a priority.
Dr. Dennis R. Culbreth is the Senior Pastor of Jasper’s First Baptist Church www.jaspersfbc.org