Some few weeks ago, I found myself in low spirits. I was not feeling or acting myself and it took a few of those in my tight circle plus some aunties from church for me to check myself. I decided it was time for me to be intentional about my general wellbeing. The first thing I looked at was my prayer life. Lo and behold it had been slacking and once I decided to check that, I got the boost I needed.
I think sometimes that’s what we need in our prayer lives: a boost and some time to refocus our spiritual rut to get us back on track!
So, this post is to give you three ways to jump-start your own prayer life if you have been feeling slightly discouraged.
1. Go to a prayer meeting (or grab someone to pray with)
One way to improve your prayer life is to find others to pray with. Even the Bible is clear that there is something special about corporate prayer (Matthew 18:19-20). On Friday’s the church I attend regularly holds ‘fellowship’, a time at members’ homes to connect with likeminded people and pray. I also personally enjoy our Young Adult’s ministry, which holds a bible study once a month so we can all come together and discuss the Bible/pray about things on our mind. I attend KICC, if you are looking for a local church. But if you are unable to find a group, have a look through your WhatsApp or contact list, try to connect with a friend, look for a prayer devotional and decide on a short time to pray together regularly. Or even meet up for coffee and pray. There are definitely benefits to technology being soo advanced nowadays. With Facetime or Whatsapp Video around you do not ever feel like you are too far away from others, yet you do not even need to leave the house!
2. Read a book (or listen to an audiobook) about prayer
There are many books on prayer, it would be a struggle for me to list them all but here are some good ones to start with that I personally love and recommend:
3. Pray in a new and inventive way
When we begin to act like prayer is a one-size-fits-all practice, it can easily feel like a chore for one. Something we feel we must do, not because we want to but because we just think it is something we MUST do. It’s okay, though. It just means you need to look at it in a different light. As T.D Jakes so simply put it, “Prayer isn’t an activity…it’s a relationship.” And not just any relationship, a relationship with the Creator of heaven and earth our God! However, sometimes we lose sight of this, and see prayer as a duty or obligation, losing awe and reverence for this sacred privilege. We need a shift in perspective – or even sometimes to realize that we are straight up believing lies from the enemy.
We pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (GNT)
- Take some time to praise God. Read through some Psalms of Praise (Psalm 8, Psalm 145, Psalm 150, to name a few of my favourites.)
- Incorporate your personality into the way you talk with God. Remember He loves us and is always there to spend time with us. If you enjoy creating crafts, create a lovely prayer scrapbook which can include inspiring images of scriptures and prayer points. I personally enjoy walking especially during my lunch at work. Go on prayer walks, talk to Him on your walk, speak to Him in your head or even out loud and ignore anyone who may think you may have gone mad!
- Do some prayer journaling in creative ways. I have been using the A.C.T.S. method for some time now, using each letter for a prompt: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. However there are so many other ways to journal for prayer.
Are there any other ways you rely on to help you get out of your rut? Share them down below!