4 ways to start praying unceasingly for the first time

In the past year, my prayer life has changed dramatically thanks to tips from Tia Trent -my small group leader – and Alex Holcomb* – whom you know – both major role models in my life. I put some of their wisdom together and added in some of my own for you. These are 4 ways to change your prayer life for the better from one learning Christian to another.

1. Jot down your thoughts

I have often realized how scattered my mind is whenever I try to talk to God. I’m good at thanking him for one thing, asking for another, telling him about a part of my day, then going off on something completely random. God does love to listen to us and everything we have to say, but I like to be more focused so I can remember what I’m saying and why I’m saying it.

To help, get a notebook, a journal, or anything where you can keep all of your thoughts together. Whether you write your actual prayers, prayer lists, take notes, or all of the above, keep all of it together. This will help you stay on track, and it’ll let you go back and study your notes, see how your prayer life has changed or see how God has answered your prayers.

2. Get an app

There’s a fun prayer app called echo that helps you remember what to pray for and when to pray for it. It’s helpful because there’s many people and problems we’d like to pray for but may not remember. Car ride? Pray. Walking to class? Pray. Echo reminds you at a certain time to pray for a certain thing. You can specify the prayer and even mark when it’s been answered.

If you don’t like the app, just set a reminder on your phone. Having these reminders throughout the day will help you keep in mind that Jesus is everywhere all the time. Sometimes, I get caught up in the quickly paced world, and having these reminders helps me step back and talk to the Creator.

3. Pray at different times

Having a prayer routine is fine and great, but, as someone who routinely prays at nighttime, I know how hard it is to stay awake. I mean this is the great and wonderful Savior – maybe we shouldn’t fall asleep talking to Him! I’ve found that making a habit of praying in the morning is great. It was hard to start,  but the advice I have for you is to just do it. That’s what I tell myself in the morning. Talking to God is outstanding in the mornings! It changes your day completely. You don’t put on your suit of armor before you go to bed, right?

4. Use God’s own word

If you have a situation you think God could not have possibly seen anything like before, check out the Bible. I promise there are a lot more relatable stories in there than you might think. God has dealt with so much and is capable of literally anything. Find one of his many promises that correlates with your need. Remember, there is often nothing more powerful than praying God’s own word.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:18                             

I hope this helped, and I hope you had a happy new year!
Make 2017 the best yet.

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*Editor’s note: I didn’t tell her to write that. – Alex

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