Forming good Christian habits: prayer

Hi peeps, I hope that you’re all doing well. I’ve written so much about prayer for books that I’m working on, but I didn’t realise that I haven’t written a blog post about it yet, so here it is.

Prayer is the most important part of any Christians life, but it can easily become the most neglected. Our lives are so busy, and we are caught up in the moment of it all, trying to catch up on twenty things at once, unless that’s just me?

I like to start each day, even before I get out of bed, for a few minutes in prayer. I thank God for this day and give it to Him. I ask for His help, guidance and strength, then I get up and carry on with the hustle and bustle of life. Of course, I do have a regular prayer time too, but I like to spend a few moments with God first thing as it set’s me on the right path for the day ahead.

If we don’t pray, then we are more prone to fail when an attack strikes. The devil knows if we have prayed or not and he always attacks those who are spiritually weak. Our spiritual strength comes from prayer and being in God’s presence, so if we are not in His presence daily, then our flesh can rule our spirit and we can become carnal. The flesh hates to pray because its constantly at war with the spirit (Galatians 5:17).

When I begin to pray, I often end up yawning quite a bit, even though before I started praying, I didn’t yawn at all! It does go after around five minutes or so, because it’s the flesh protesting to prayer, but if I don’t pray, I will be spiritually weak and prone to responding in the flesh and I’ll be left open for a demonic attack.

Top tips for creating a successful prayer life:

  1. Make time for prayer: sounds simple, but it can be a problem for some people especially if they have really hectic lives, but this is absolutely necessary if we want to survive spiritually.
  2. Make prayer a regular habit: habits are formed after several consecutive days (the precise number of days is debatable) so make good habits, like making prayer your priority, and block out regular slots in your day to spend time praying and seeking the Lord.
  3. Make a list of things to pray about: having a prepared list of things to pray about can help you if you struggle with starting praying, or some people just work better with a list. I like having lists, I don’t write them down, but I have a regular list in my head about what to pray about.
  4. Enjoy your time with God: prayer isn’t just one sided but it’s about communicating with our Father in heaven. God will speak if we make time and allow Him to minister to us in prayer times. God gives us peace during prayer which is why we often feel better after we have prayed, because God has met with us and even though in the natural nothing has changed, we feel better because we have given our problems to God and the peace of God has come upon us. We are different because we have met with the living God.

Jesus often prayed, sometimes all night. If Jesus, who is God prayed, then how much more so us! We don’t have to pray all night but a few minutes every day really does make a massive difference. Fight the flesh, like the apostle Paul did (1 Corinthians 9:27), then we will be victorious over our flesh and we will win the day.

Thanks for reading, feel free to share!

Sarah. 😊

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