Unfortunately, some people mistake God for Santa Claus. They tend to view both of these white-haired men as who we ask for things we want. We may even go so far as to plead our case with Him, “I’ve been a good person. I’ve done everything you’ve asked.” When we act this way we’re missing out on having a real, living, loving relationship with God. Instead, we need to learn how to pray more.
7 Tips that Teach You How to Pray More
Now that you understand who God is and the importance of communicating with Him, you’ll want to learn how to pray more. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be difficult or even challenging. Here are a few tips that will help you get started.
Consider “why” you pray.
By taking a few moments to understand your reasons for praying, your prayer time will become more meaningful. When this happens you’re more likely to be committed to it.
Create a list of prayer requests.
Keep this list somewhere you’ll see it each day. Doing so will remind you to pick it up and pray through your list each day.
Pray anytime you’re alone.
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing or where you’re at, God is ready to listen to you. Remember this and you’ll remember that you can pray while driving or even while waiting in line somewhere.
Spend 15 minutes in prayer when you arrive home from work or school.
While it’s a great goal to spend the first 15 minutes in the morning in prayer, 99% of people who set this goal will fail. It’s just too tempting to hit the snooze button. So, instead of trying to get up early to pray, spend time in prayer when you get home in the evening and before you check out social media or turn on the TV.
Take some time to just be quiet.
Surrender your anxiety. Be still and realize that I am God. I am God above all the nations, and I am exalted throughout the whole earth. – Psalm 46:10
Silently meditating on God (who He is, what He’s done for you, how much He loves you) isn’t only a great way to relax after a stressful day but it’s also a great way to hear from God.
Stop Making Excuses and Start Praying More
Now that you know how to pray more, it’s time for you to start doing so. The time you spend making excuses for why you can’t pray more is time you’ve wasted because you could have been praying. So, stop making up excuses, and start spending time in prayer today.