What makes it so hard for me to have a consistent time to pray and commune with God? From talking with other Christian friends, I get the impression that I’m not the only one who struggles with this. During the past year, I have attempted to reign in my untamed prayer life and attempt to pray like a “godly man”. I want to be motivated to a life of petitionary prayer which will call down God’s power upon my life and the church. It goes without saying that there are scads of scripture dotted throughout the Bible admonishing us to pray. Ephesians 6:18 states, “with all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” Praying in the Spirit is the will of God, and what God wills He empowers as we let Him.
Do you ever feel as if your mind is constantly wandering when you pray? Or that you just aren’t sure what you should prayer about? Those were questions I was asking myself not too long ago. With that said, I have felt led to share how God has empowered me through the Holy Spirit to be more motivated in living a life full of petitionary prayer. God has empowered me to develop the spiritual discipline of prayer more fully in my life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’ve figured it all out, I just wanted to offer encouragement to anyone who struggles with consistent communion with God and knowing how and what to pray. Basically, I have a daily list and four separate other lists that I consistently cycle though (why four, I don’t know you can have as many as you want but this works for me).
Daily – Family, Co-workers, Present problems
List I – Ill, Personal Requests, Evangelism, Spiritual Warfare
List II – Personal Life, Personal Qualities
List III – Small Group, Church, Elders
List IV – Government Leaders, World / USA, Missions
These lists represent the broad topics about which I pray on a daily basis. I have more detailed topics under each list and am consistently adding to them. I have found these to be a useful framework for having an intimate focused prayer time and time of communion on a daily basis. For one final word of encouragement I offer this: prayer is work, not a sport. It is not something that you do if you like it, or devote your spare time to, or do only if you are good at it. Prayer is the proper work of the soul which loves Christ.
May God bless you with a sweet time of communion before His throne as you pray with an eternal outlook!