As a Christian, prayer is vital and essential to growing closer to Christ.
But I have often sat down to pray and had no idea where to start.
I went blank. And it frustrated me.
I wanted a strong prayer life, yet I could not find out how to get there.
Have you ever felt this way?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions about prayer life is that there is a specific way to make it “work”.
But since there really is no formula, I was becoming complacent in my everyday prayer life.
The complacency needed to stop so I came up with a way to set aside time to figure out how to grow in prayer.
Why is prayer so important?
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
As we can see from the above verses, prayer is vital and crucial to Christian growth.
Let’s Start with a Resource…
Prayer is a conversation. It is a dialogue. It is talking to a friend. Your best friend. The friend who laid down His life just for you.
If you are serious about starting this conversation on a daily basis and want to grow your prayer life, you need to grab a copy of Two Chairs: The Secret That Changes Everything.
This is the first book on prayer that I have read and truly grasped the power of prayer.
After reading Two Chairs, I was armed with the encouragement to get started and to keep on going.
Armed with Two Chairs, I decided I needed a focused plan.
You may not need a focused plan, but I find my mind wandering and my attention span dwindling so I came up with a prayer plan.
THE PRAYER PLAN
I decided to focus each one of my days on a specific prayer need.
MONDAY: My Family’s Relationship with the Lord
I pray for each one of my family members by name and pray for their relationship with Christ.
I pray that He would make the path clear for each one of them.
I pray that their relationship with Jesus would always come first and be the guiding light each day of their lives.
I pray for discipline and hunger for God’s Word for each family member.
This is the day where I specifically lift up prayers of those around me.
My bible study group prayer requests, my neighbors who have come to me with specific needs, and anyone on my prayer list in my bullet journal.
Want to start using this method today? Grab this printable prayer journal.
WEDNESDAY: My Marriage
I chose the middle of the week to focus on my marriage. To pray for every aspect of my husband’s life. His work, his job as a dad, his faith, his relationship with me.
This day is devoted to bringing my marital needs before my Heavenly Father.
THURSDAY: Specific Needs of My Children
This is the day where I take the time to pray for each one of my children and whatever battles they are specifically facing.
Praying for each one of your children by name is so powerful.
And freeing. After this time, I truly feel like I have left my concerns for my children in the hands of Jesus.
FRIDAY: Prayers for the World and America
I enjoy spending time on Friday’s praying for the needs of the World.
I pray for the World Leaders and the leaders of our country.
I pray for guidance for our country and its future.
SATURDAY: My Personal Relationship with Jesus and Personal Battles
This is my day.
Time for me to bring before the Heavenly Father the battles I am facing.
This is the time that I spend praying for my personal relationship with the Lord.
I love to spend this day in Psalms. Praying back the Psalms to Jesus.
Just spending time praising His power and goodness.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Of course, prayer is not an organized formula.
It will not look the same each day. And it will change and grow and be personal.
Having each day with a theme and purpose keeps me on track.
Sometimes seeing things on paper helps me to implement.
Grab this prayer journal pack to get you started.
What I learned from Two Chairs…
My biggest takeaway from Two Chairs was the strong reminder of just how powerful prayer can truly be.
I sometimes feel in the every day, busy life I undermine the power of prayer.
The book Two Chairs has reminded me to get my prayer life on track.
To take prayer seriously and for me, to have a plan.
The purpose of Two Chairs is to show Christians that prayer is a conversation with our Heavenly Father.
And we should treat it as we would a coffee date with a friend by grabbing a chair for Jesus and inviting Him into our home.
When we unload our fears and worries, our hopes and dreams onto the One that can make these things a reality, we feel free.
By having a solid prayer time each day, lives are changed, starting with our very own.
Do not delay. Make Two Chairs a part of your everyday.