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We all know that Christians are not just called to have a prayer life, but we should be consistent in prayer as well. Here are 6 tips to help you have a consistent prayer life.

Of all the Christian women I have asked, one of the most mentioned struggles they have is being consistent in prayer. They need and want a deeper prayer life. But, how do we become consistent in prayer, persistent in prayer, and hone in on the power of prayer?

Consistent In Prayer

Just like developing any new habit, it takes being intentional and persistent in prayer to develop a consistent prayer life.

Look at dieting, for example, choosing to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be such a struggle, and life long dedication is vital to its success in your life. I’ve lost a total of 100 pounds and it took years to accomplish and if I’m not consistent in being intentional about what I eat or don’t eat I can easily gain that weight back.

But with such busy lives, what are some practical tips to help keep a consistent prayer life?

What Does It Mean To Be Consistent In Prayer

The truth is, pursuing God through prayer and time in His Word is not always easy, fun, or natural for us. It takes effort and discipline. If you are like me, effort and discipline are short-lived when you forget the why that motivates what you are called to.

“I need to be renewed on a regular basis. Coffee has a way of reviving my mind in the morning. Sleep has a way of reviving my body at night. A good laugh with a great friend has a way of reviving my emotions. But only God’s Word by the power of God’s Spirit has the power to revive our hearts—the very seat of all we are.” – Ryan Huguley

“The prayers that are going to be answered are the prayers that are prayed consistent with the name of Christ, as John 14 says, “If you ask anything in My name, the Father hears and the Father responds.” That is why we encourage everybody to pray according to the will of God. You don’t really want to pray against the will of God. Rather, you want to find yourself lined up with the purposes of God.

So, God will not answer prayers inconsistent with His will, because He is going to accomplish His purposes.” – ligonier.com

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”- Ephesians 6:18

What Does The Bible Say About Consistent In Prayer

More than anything else, prayer brings us into communion with God and conforms our thoughts to Him. Consistent prayer helps us to understand that we, God’s children, are living in unity with Him. The more consistent we are about praying, the more we feel the good effects of our prayers.

How To Develop A Consistent Prayer Life

 In our multitasking, instant-gratification world, how can you focus on and make time for the discipline of prayer? Consider these six steps to help you develop a more consistent prayer life.

#1. Ask God For Help In Your Prayer Life

God waits to talk with you. He wants a relationship with you more than we realize. Ask God to help you make time for regular prayer. This may sound simple, but it actually works. The Lord gives wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5), and He will help you as you come to Him.

Jesus knew what it was like to have many things to do and a lot of demands on Him, yet He made time to pray (Mark 6:30–46). The Lord knows and understands your challenges. He is there to help you in your prayer life and will give you grace because He is good (Hebrews 4:14–16).

#2 Make An Appointment With God

Make your time with God a priority appointment. Put it on your schedule, calendar, and planner. Refuse to cancel or reschedule this appointment.

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#3. Make A Prayer List

Pray in detail. You don’t have to be vague with God. Not that we can never be general, just not at the expense of praising God’s specific attributes, confessing specific sins, or thanking him and asking him for specific things. You can pray specifically and boldly due to the status we have through Christ, while simultaneously being completely submissive to God’s will.

Use a notebook or prayer journal or just paper and a pen and start making a list of your needs, needs of others, and lastly a list of things you’d like that is not a need.

Reading and praying over your list will help guide you in your prayer time.

Don’t be selfish and use this time to list out all the things you want. But sincerely self reflect on the healing and changing you need help with.

Sample list of things to add to your prayer list.

  • Forgiveness of your sins
  • Help with repenting and turning away from sin
  • God’s Guidance in every aspect of your life
  • Emotional, spiritual, and physical healing
  • Financial Needs
  • Breakthroughs and restoration in your life and relationships
  • Wisdom
  • Peace
  • Needs of your friends and family
  • Praising God for everything He has done in the past and will do in the future
  • and whatever else that is important to you

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#4 Put Away All Distractions

As best you can, put away all distractions during your prayer time with God. I’m a single mom and know that kids don’t always understand you need a few minutes alone and if you have really little kids, you can not have a few minutes alone without someone watching over them so you can pray. God understands. Just do your best.

I’ve always believed that it’s good for our kids to see us read the bible, pray and cry out to God. What better examples do they have in learning to pray than from their own parents. So pray. Cry. Worship. Let your kids see you. Just make your prayer time a priority appointment that must not be broken.

Other distractions like your cell phone, TV, or whatever it is that takes your attention away from praying….put it away. Put it in another room or you get to another room or area away from what is distracting you.

Maybe it’s your car on your lunch break, a quiet corner in the office, a closet in between meals or feedings or naptimes, or simply the quiet of your heart if that’s all you can muster. But find solitude, and pray (Luke 4:42; 5:16; 22:41).

#5. Pray The Scriptures

Pray Scripture. Desiring God says, “This is a great way to start. What joy it brings to a father to know his children hear his words, cherish them, believe them to be true, and then speak them back to him. So much of my prayers are “plagiarized” Scripture. Without even realizing it, they become the vocabulary of my prayers, sometimes because the beautiful promises make my heart sing, and sometimes because all I can do is desperately cling to his words.”

  • Show me your glory (Exodus 33:18).
  • Turn my eyes from worthless things (Psalm 119:37).
  • Show me a sign of your goodness (Psalm 86:17).
  • Let no sin rule over me (Psalm 119:133).
  • You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing (Psalm 16:2).
  • Read more from Desiring God.

#6. Accountability Prayer Partner

Another way that will help you stay consistent in prayer is having an accountability partner. Someone that you’ll check in with and honestly talk about your prayer life and if you keep your appointment with God that day.

It can look different for every person. You could be a daily text or a weekly phone call. It can be a close friend you trust or a ministry leader who is willing to invest in you. It can be a FB group that you check in with daily.

There are so many different options. Choose one that you know will help you stay on track and will check up on you and encourage you if you start to slack off.

Remember, our prayers do not have to be perfect, but they do need to be fervent.

What is your best tip for being consistent in prayer? Let me know in the comments below.

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