Prayer is a big part of my life. I don’t know how I managed to function without it for so long. I have been a Christian most of my life but it wasn’t until 2013 that I had a major awakening. The awakening allowed me to draw closer to Jesus through the Holy Spirit. The first thing I noticed was a strong desire to learn more about the Lord and to talk to Him all the time. Prayer became a ritual that started and ended every day with some sprinkling in the morning and the afternoon. Prior to that, someone had asked me what my prayer life was like. I didn’t like the question but I loved the terms “prayer life.” It just made so much sense. I figured prayer had to be a way of life and it seemed to be the missing piece. I have to admit that if I prayed it was because something was going wrong. I prayed prayers for help and that was about it. “God I need your help. Please get me out of this mess” was the only way I communicated with God. My prayer life was sporadic and selfish. Once the change came in 2013, I understood that prayer was really about communicating with God. It is a two way street. We need to listen and talk while praying. Now I always start with quiet time. It is a time for me to quiet my mind and focus on Jesus. Give it a shot. It is the bridge that will get you to the other side where you can be a good state of mind for prayer. Then I delve into praise and worship. I can’t separate them. They are an integral part of every single prayer I say. Why? They connect me to God faster through the Holy Spirit. Praise and worship are the triggers that make me more sensitive to the Spirit. He then control my prayers and directs me in what I need to say. I then repent, I forgive and I make my requests known to the Lord. They include family members and friends and other people who need prayers. I sort of follow a formula that the Lord gave me. It flows and it does the job. I never have to think hard. It just all comes naturally. Long gone are the days when prayer was a burden. It is now a source of relief. My prayer life can be defined as prayer that sustains my life. I build my schedule around prayer and not the other way around. If it means I need to get up a few hours earlier then that’s what I do. If it means staying home on a Friday night then that’s what happens. What do I get out of prayer? It’s a great opportunity to fellowship with the Lord and recharge my spiritual batteries. It gives me balance between the world and the Word because when I am praying, the Holy Spirit reminds me of what God says in His Word. Prayer also wipes away anxiety, fear and worry. When I am in distress, nothing helps me more than spending time in prayer. I might not feel like it but when I succumb to it, it’s like night and day. The Lord’s light shines again and dissipates the darkness. Philippians 4:6-7 becomes so real during prayer time. It says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I can’t recommend developing your prayer life enough. It is a necessity that carries life changing properties. Practice it and see how the Holy Spirit is going to transform you. Enjoy your prayer life!
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 29:12; Colossians 4:2; 1 John 5:14