How can I Revive my Prayer Life, is the million dollar question of many individuals are asking. John Wesley said that God does nothing except answering prayer. And if you read through the Bible, you will see why he would say that. Any major move of God since time immemorial can be traced back to prayer.
It all began in Genesis when God created man and gave him dominion on earth. Prayer is the primary tool that man uses to enforce that God-given authority. But prayer is not a natural response. There are times when you feel like praying and you even enjoy it and then there are times when you do not look forward to the hour of prayer. If you are facing the later, here are 12 tips that can help you revive your prayer life:
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Schedule prayer time
If your prayer whenever you get time for it, your life can easily get crowded to the point that you have no more time left to pray. To avoid this, schedule your prayer time well in advance and commit to sticking to it. We can learn this from Jesus – he was probably a hundred times busier than you but he still scheduled hours of prayer time. Here are two scriptures that reveal this:
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
If something is important, you will always make time for it – no matter how busy you might be. Jesus cautioned his disciples to always seek God’s kingdom first instead of being too preoccupied with their needs because if they were to prioritize God, then God would be more than happy to meet their needs. (Mathew 6:33)
Watch war room
This is a great movie to help you get back to prayer. The movie is about a couple on the brink of disaster who learn that prayer is the right way of fighting. Instead of fighting against each other, they discover that they ought to be fighting the real enemy through prayer. The movie will inspire you not on all to get back to prayer but to realize that prayer should be the steering wheel of your life and not a spare tire.
One important lesson you can pick from this movie is to set up a “war room” in your house. This is a specific place in your house that is set aside for prayer. Prophet Daniel had his war room and Jesus alluded to it too. Here are the references:
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you Mathew 6:6
Join the intercessory / watchmen team
Most churches have an intercessory team. A good way of reviving your prayer life would be to volunteer to join this team. The watchmen are usually required to pray for a certain period of time on a daily basis. It might require you getting up ahead of your normal time.
The prayer items are usually related to the issues the church is facing plus other general prayer items like praying for revival, praying for sinners, praying for the ministers etc. when you volunteer to be an intercessor, you in effect make prayer to be part of your lifestyle and this will quickly revive your prayer life. And the best part is, God is always looking for an intercessor because there are lots of bad things that are happening that he knows can be prevented by prayer. The Bible says:
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. Ezekiel 22:30
Pray with scripture
One reason the fire pf pray goes cold is the lack of inspiration. And the best way to stay inspired in your prayer life is to pray with scripture. In fact, this should be the only way Christians pray because God honors his word above anything else.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalms 138:2, KJV
The easiest scriptures to use for prayer are verses from the Book of Psalms and Proverbs. This is because the two books were written in a poetic. Additionally, most of the Psalms were actually prayers that the Psalmists were making to God. Praying with scripture will not only revive your spirit but it will also make your prayers more effective.
Pray in the spirit
Praying in the spirit simply means praying through the Holy Spirit. The de facto way of doing this is by speaking in tongues.
For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. 1 Cor. 14:14
If you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit, it would be a good idea to ask your pastor to pray with you. Praying in the spirit will help you remain focused during prayer and this will make prayer more enjoyable. It also helps you sustain a healthy prayer life even when you really do not feel like praying. Paul put it this way:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27
Praying in tongues is a great way of enriching your closeted prayer time. Paul explains it best when he is talking to the Corinthian church. Praying in the spirit means you are talking to God and this is why the natural mind cannot figure it out (1 Cor. 14:4).
Join an online prayer group It will Strengthen Your Prayer Life
Contrary to common belief, you do not have to be in the “house of God” for you to pray. Even though this was probably the case in the Old Testament, the New Testament Christian is reminded that they are actually temples of the Holy Spirit.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1 Cor. 6:19
You can pray anywhere you are and God will still hear and answer prayer. The average person spends at least 1 hour on social media every day – and of course, there are others who spend more than half their day on it. Instead of spending all your social media time watching funny cat videos, you can join a Facebook prayer group. This way, you can use some of your social media time for prayer and for sharing and learning from other Christians from all over the world.
Start a prayer group, It will help your Prayer Life
Apart from joining or starting a Facebook prayer group, you can actually start a physical prayer group. You can invite your friends, neighbors, and family to be part of it. You can then meet regularly for prayer meetings e.g. weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. Meeting at each other’s houses of prayer will inspire warm and cordial conversations and then you can also have quality prayer time. This was very common in the early church – they regularly met in the houses for prayer and Bible study.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Acts 2:46
Praying corporately has a way of inspiring those present to pray. It also releases the spirit of prayer on those present. Additionally, faithful can fellowship and learn more about prayer through observation and participation.
Deal with distractions before It Destroys Your Prayer Life
Jesus understood this best – he always got away from distractions before he prayed. When he was in a crowded city, he would wake up early in the morning while the rest of the city was still asleep and go to the mountain to pray. Sometimes, he would sneak away from the crowds and go to a solitary place to pray. Learn from the best – avoid praying in the presence of too many distractions. Whenever you can, step away from the hustle and bustles and go to a quiet place.
This is why it is more effective to pray early in the morning or late into the night. Remember to switch off your cell phone or at least mute it. This will help you to remain more focused in prayer. It also makes it easier to hear the voice of God because as demonstrated through Elijah, God’s voice is often “still and small”