Everyone’s experience in prayer and faith is so different. I’m sometimes hesitant about posting about certain topics because I never want to tell anyone what to do when concerning their faith. But, there really should be no shame in sharing the gospel and your beliefs… so here goes!
I mentioned this in a previous post (Read My Faith Journey here) but I’ve learned how to pray with purpose and to get the most out of my conversations with God. I’m so happy with where I am in my faith (it could always be better though) and I wanted to share my tips for purposeful prayer with you now!
Ask the Lord for Forgiveness
Every time I bow my head to pray, I ALWAYS start by asking the Lord to forgive me for all of my sins. Sometimes I name specific sins (especially if I’m feeling guilty) and other times I generalize. I never want my prayers to be hindered so I make this a mandatory necessity in my daily prayers.
Some of you may be thinking that the Lord already forgave us for our sins when Jesus died on the Cross. This is true, but think of it this way:
What if you wrecked your parent’s car (on accident or on purpose, I don’t judge)? When they found out, you didn’t apologize or even acknowledge it because you assumed and already knew that they would forgive you and love you anyway. Even though they probably would, you giving them an apology and acknowledging your wrong doing is a sign of respect and regret-fullness.
This is the same with the Lord. Even though we know He forgives us and loves us unconditionally, asking Him for forgiveness and acknowledging our transgressions is an important part of being a Christian. I choose to respect the Lord and our relationship in this way.
Make your Conversations Personal
Think of God as your best friend… literally! He’s there with you always. He’s always a listening ear and He always has your back. Talk to Him this way. He wants to listen to your worries and your desires. He’s here to help so lay it all out! Don’t worry about sounding needy or whiny. There literally are no judgments. Once you become comfortable and learn to relax, your prayers will become more effortless.
Ask for Your Desires and Confess Your Worries
Many people believe that praying purposefully means that you aren’t asking for what you want but praying over what you have. I agree and disagree with this statement. I believe that if you have something on your heart that you wish to see in your life… say it! Again, there is no judgment in this circumstance. I practice a happy balance. I pray over my desires, over my blessed life (family and friends), and over the stressful worries I may be facing.
Now, there IS such thing as praying selfishly, meaning you only pray about what you want and over what’s not going your way. This is so counterproductive and just rude! This isn’t helping you grow your relationship with the Lord but frankly wasting your time. If you can’t acknowledge and thank the Lord for your blessings, then why would He acknowledge your worries? He still will, because that’s the great and powerful God we serve, but I like to think of it this way because I want to keep that level of gratitude and respect for Him in any way I can.
Stay Encouraged and Be Patient!
There will be many days and nights where you think your prayers aren’t being heard. This isn’t true and can cause so much discouragement. You have to know that everything is on God’s time and not on yours. Just because you want it now, doesn’t mean God wants to give it to you now. Understand this and practice patience. You will be so fulfilled when it comes to you. Stay focused… don’t let the ways of the world distract you from this.
It’s so important to make praying apart of your everyday routine. Not even just a routine, but in times where things are hard, happy, or sad, pray in those moments to God. Divulge everything to him and I promise the more you do it and the more you become comfortable, the better you’ll feel after it. Praying is not only about talking to God but also about being able to recognize when God is speaking back to you (subtly or not).
I do believe praying with purpose takes practice but I also believe it’s not hard if you set your mind to it. Ultimately, you have to want to gain a better relationship from it. I wish I could go on and on about how prayer has helped me and how many miracles I’ve seen happen from it but what I will say is that God is so good, yall. All the time.
My shirt is from The Prayer Movement and I’m so happy to be supporting this awesome movement! Maurissa over at The Prayer Movement has created such a great cause to remind people that prayer does work and it’s important! Visit her site and follow her social media to support the movement too.
Be Blessed –