Have you made New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Many of us make resolutions to do things like lose weight, get in shape or learn a new skill or hobby, but few of us ever follow through. Here’s one resolution you can keep: make prayer a consistent habit in 2018.
Like exercise, prayer needs to be a consistent and regular part of our lives. Often, we have good intentions, but our busy and overcrowded lives get in the way. We wake up in the morning planning to pray later but wind up discovering when we go to bed at night that later never came. How can we make prayer a consistent habit?
- Create a space for prayer. We can—and should—pray everywhere and anywhere. But just as it’s easier to exercise when we have space prepared and equipment ready at hand, it’s easier to pray when we have a space set aside that’s conducive to prayer. Your prayer space may be a chair in the corner of your bedroom, a rocker on the porch, or even a literal prayer closet. Designate a place in your home as your prayer spot, and keep a Bible, journal, and your Oakseed prayer guide close at hand. Having a space for prayer makes it easier to pray consistently.
- Designate times for prayer. Make an appointment for yourself to begin your day with prayer every morning. Create a habit of ending your day with prayer as you reflect on your day. You might also choose to pray at set times throughout your day. Set alerts on your phone to remind you when it is time to stop and pray.
- Create a pattern for your prayers. Some people like to use the ACTS model (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication) as a framework for their prayers. Others use the Lord’s Prayer as an outline or move through concentric circles of praying for themselves, their families, their churches, their communities, their nation, and their world. Finding a pattern that works for you can help you develop consistency in prayer.
- Involve your senses as you pray. Hold pictures of your family as you pray for them. Taste international food from countries like India, China, or Brazil and pray for our Oakseed Ministry Partners in that country. Listen to your favorite worship songs and use them to guide your prayers. Go for a walk around your neighborhood and pray for the people and places you see. Involving your senses can help spur your creativity and help you form a regular habit of prayer.
Prayer has always been at the center of Oakseed’s work. Thank you for your prayers, they make a difference for our Ministry Partners and those they serve! Let’s work together to make prayer a regular part of our lives in 2018.