How To Improve Your Prayer Life

This probably goes without saying, but Christians should pray. The problem is, they do not to pray enough, and when they do go before the Lord they do not pray about everything they’ve seen, heard or said they would pray about. Here are but a few suggestions that have helped me over the years, and trust me, I need this as much as anyone else today.

Pray With Children

Kids say the funniest things. They can also be very insightful when it comes to praying. Don’t believe me? Ask your kids today to begin your bedtime prayers and see what little things they say thank you for. Recently, my youngest daughter told me during dinner that we need to pray for the president and people in government. That may not come as a surprise to some people, but she’s four, and she apparently learned this in a chapel service at her school.

Pray With Elders

Just as children can remind us about the little things, praying with elders can teach you to stay in prayer and ask God’s blessing on a variety of issues. They may point to scripture. They might also bring up past events in their lives and how God helped them in that situation.

Pray Like Jesus

Read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and pay close attention to (a) how Jesus tells us to pray and (b) what he prays for in the garden of Gethsemane just before he’s betrayed by Judas. In short, Jesus prayed for you. We should take that and pray for other believers. We should also pray for lost people. Who knows? Maybe someone, somewhere was praying for you before you got saved.  

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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