If you’re like me, you’ve probably struggled to pray for extended periods of time, let alone for an hour every day. The key is to break up your prayer into segments. Instead of trying to pray for an hour all at once, try praying for 10 minutes throughout the day, 6 times. As you become more familiar with frequent prayer, start combining the segments until you can reach a full hour.
The same kind of strategy should be applied to lengthen the duration of your prayers. An easy way to develop your prayers and communication with God is to break up the prayer into topics. For example, pray about material needs and drama or righteousness and grace. Be specific in your communication with God and always remember, there is someone listening to you, don’t pray like you’re talking to a wall. Try breaking it up like this:
Just praise God for a while, don’t think about your wants and needs, be thankful for what you have, turn some music on and worship Him. There are tons of Christian music available that adds ambiance to your prayer time without distracting. Here is one example:
If you aren’t aligned with God, confident in your redemption, pray for yourself right after your worship. Ask God for wisdom and understanding, be willing to forgive yourself and most importantly move on. The Apostle Paul spoke about something we should all aspire to do in Philippians 3:13.
He said, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to be taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
Pray about your marriage next, be thankful for all of the positive attributes in your spouse and think about the areas you want God to help them with.
What Do You Do?
Pray about your work next. Again, always be grateful for what you currently possess when you’re asking God to improve it. Are you happy with your current job and salary? Ask God to help you with your money. The key is to add value to the world. Ask Him to help you.
The People in Your Life
Last but not least, pray for your neighbors. Family, church members, friends, co-workers, and strangers. Be careful about praying for what YOU think others need, recognize that God already knows there needs but pray for them diligently. Prayer is much more about realizing that our faith in God must be exercised than it is about God doing things for us. Meditation is good for us and helps us in many ways, especially if we believe God hears us.