5 Important Things You Need to Bless Your Prayer Life
Would you consider yourself one of those people who spend way more time reading books and doing Bible studies about prayer than you actually spend praying?
Yeah, me too!
If I’m really being honest, I would tell you that I’ve spent most of my life feeling like I should have done so much more when it comes to prayer. The one thing that reassures me a little is that I’ve never met anyone, even those I’ve considered great prayer warriors, who say they believe they’ve got this prayer thing down pat.
And maybe we’re not supposed to. Maybe we’re supposed to always crave more when it comes to spending time with the Lord in prayer. Maybe we, like Brother Lawrence, should be “practicing the presence of God” … longing for a continuous open line of communication rather than brief one-way monologues of pleas and petitions.
The other morning I was reading a devotion in Andrew Murray’s book, Power in Prayer: Classic Devotions to Inspire and Deepen Your Prayer Life, and well, I can’t stop thinking about the following quote:
Through prayer, God has given to everyone the right to take hold of Him and His strength. It is on prayer that promises wait for their fulfillment, the kingdom for its coming, and the glory of God for its full revelation.Andrew Murray
Prayer must be to the glory of God, in full surrender to His will, in full assurance of faith, in the name of Jesus, and with a perseverance that refuses to be denied.
I wonder how often I’ve failed to go to the Lord and let Him hold me close … filling me with the peace and strength I’ve needed. I wonder how often I’ve missed promises God wanted to fulfill in my life just because I didn’t ask. I wonder how often I failed to give Him glory because I was just too focused on myself.
Even with all my wondering, it was the second sentence that really grabbed my attention.
Because I wanted to know the Biblical truths behind Murray’s “must”s for prayer. So, I went to the Word because I want to know … if these are truly things that could make a difference. And when I want to know, that’s where I go.
And I believe these things can and will inspire and deepen my prayer life and I believe they will bless your prayer life as well. So, here are:
5 Important Things You Need to Bless Your Prayer Life
1. Pray to the Glory of God
Do you remember the first sentence in chapter one of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren?
It’s not about you.
Only God could take a book that begins that way and turn it into an international bestseller.
And the second chapter…
You were made for God’s pleasure.
Bring all who claim me as their God,Isaiah 43:7
for I have made them for my glory.
It was I who created them.
My prayers change when I believe I was created for God’s glory. Whatever He allows, wherever He leads, whatever He asks … I simply pray that He will go with me that I might be used by Him for His glory.
2. Pray Fully Surrendered to God’s Will
Surrender was always hard for me and honestly, I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily easy now. But I do believe that whatever God wills … He will give me the courage and strength I need to trust and obey.
Much of being able to pray the following words of Jesus…
“Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.”Mark 14:36
Is trusting that He is able to give us everything we need to endure. We can stand with Paul and say…
I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.Philippians 4:13 (NLV)
With God’s help, and the strength only He can give, you and I can pray fully surrendered to His will.
3. Pray Trusting God is Who He Says He Is
You and I have to know who God says He is if we are going to trust that He is who He says He is. And if He isn’t, why do we pray to Him at all?
I gathered 35 “I Am” Verses – God Is Who He Says He Is. Here are a few of my favorites:
“From eternity to eternity I am God.Isaiah 43:13
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
“The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.”Revelation 1:8
When you and I trust God to be who He says He is, His promises become life-giving power for every need and circumstance.
4. Pray in the Name of Jesus
God met our greatest need in and through Jesus who lived the perfect life we are unable to live, suffered and died to take our punishment upon Himself and rose to life again proving God’s ultimate power over sin and death.
But thank God! He [Jesus] gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:57
And because of the victory Jesus knew we would have in Him, He said…
I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and He will grant your request because you use my name. You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.John 16:23–24
You and I pray in Jesus name … not as some magic formula to get God to fulfill our self whims and wishes but in faith, praying to give God glory, to follow His will, trusting His promises—confident in the name of Jesus, the Father will give us everything we need.
He’s already met our greatest need. He gave us Jesus to bridge the gap that sin created.
5. Pray Without Ceasing
So, back to practicing the presence of God … that is praying without ceasing.
I can be persistent in prayer when I trust and believe that God is with me.
- When my circumstances are hard.
- When I’m grieving.
- When I’m afraid.
- When I’m filled with joy.
- When I’m at peace and when I’m stressed out.
- When I’m washing the dishes and doing the laundry.
- When I’m sitting in church and when I’m not.
- When I’m running errands, sitting in traffic, or on the job.
- Wherever I am…
Even when I walkPsalm 23:4
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
“I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”Matthew 28:20 (NLV)
“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and He’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth.”John 14:15–17a (MSG)
When I am aware of God’s presence, trusting that He is as close as my beating heart … I will simply talk with Him throughout the day.
That’s praying without ceasing.
Bringing every overwhelming or seemingly insignificant, my own or someone else’s to the “I Am” … the One who is, was, and always will be Lord of all.
The One who says…
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28
That’s prayer – the kind of prayer that is inspired and deep … the kind that changes lives.
- are for God’s glory.
- are surrendered to God’s will.
- trust God is who He says He is.
- are in the name of Jesus.
- are persistent.
Prayers that come before the Father with child-like faith … humbly trusting His perfect unfailing love.
I believe by God’s grace these things will inspire and deepen my prayer life and I believe they will bless your prayer life too.
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Just reading your words here today, Deb, made me feel so much better about my prayer life. Over the years, I’ve grown so much more aware of God’s continual presence in my every day doings. I find myself often just talking to Him no matter where I am or what chore I’m engaged in. What a blessing that is!
Blessings to you, my friend!
I’m so glad, Martha! I love that the Lord makes life so much simpler when we know and follow His guidance … even when it comes to prayer. Blessings, my friend!
There’s a situation, that I know you’re aware of, in my life that is really discouraging me, Deb. So this post reminds me of so many things I need to do and keep in mind as I go through this confusing and painful time. Thank you for your ministry and your wisdom, friend! I’ll be pinning for sure!
Beth, I’m so glad it blessed you! You know I will continue praying for you! Bod bless you!
Great thoughts, Deb. God has really been speaking to me lately about my prayer life or lack thereof.
Thank you, Michelle! God bless you!
Deb, I know your post is about prayer, and you’ve written EXCELLENT points. But what I’m especially encouraged by is how you questioned a passage from a very popular book written by one of Christianity’s “VIPs”, and you turned to the Bible to see if what he wrote lined up with God’s Word. This is a practice that’s becoming a lost art, I’m afraid, and I am so excited that you’re living this out and demonstrating it for your readers. Thank you for your diligence and your commitment to Truth.
Thank you so much, Jana! I appreciate your encouragement! I believe it’s so important to check faith writers against the Word of God. I am passionate about TRUTH and the Bible is the source of TRUTH we can rely on. Thanks again! God bless!
Deb, this post has blessed me simply reading it this morning. Thank you for the scriptures and sharing your faith to inspire me and others to pray always and in a way that honours God. My heart has been stirring lately, my faith being tested, and I know that I need to turn to God in prayer more often and will use this as a guide for how I prayer throughout the day. Subscribed to your blog and I am so happy to meet you!
Wow, Lisa – you blessed my day!! Thank you so much for your kind encouragement. I’m asking God to bless your time of prayer and cover you with His encouragement and peace.
My priority every day, is to begin the morning with a grateful heart, followed by be a prayer of surrender and for guidance throughout the day. I am so hungry to be in the Word; journaling the truths and wisdom from the Lord; so bountifully poured out from the buffet of His goodness. Your Bible study guides have been such a blessing, as I sought new and refreshing ways to study God’s Word. I have been so blessed by the ways you have incorporated the Scriptures into each study; reinforcing the beautiful Biblical truths, that the Lord wants to infuse into our hearts and minds. Being mature in age, it is such a joy to know, that God is maturing me in my faith and changing me to be more like my precious Saviour and Lord. Your study guides are reaching many hearts that need this daily refreshment. Know that your time and efforts are appreciated beyond words! God richly bless you and your readers, as they seek to know Him deeper every day and to walk in His will and in His ways; giving Him all the glory for who He is, and all that He has done. He is so worthy of praise and worship!
I love being at this time in my life when I can start slowly … spending as much time as I’d like in the Word and prayer. Thank you for your kind words. Your encouragement is a lovely blessing!
We are doing a Bible Study on Prayer at the moment…the Lord’s prayer in particular. Thank you Deb,
Thank you for reminding me why I pray. Sometimes (usually) I get all wrapped up in me, me, me. But prayer is all about God and the connection we have with Him
I think we all do, Rebecca! I often write about the things the Lord is working on in me. But I also know the more I spend time with the Lord in prayer, I feel like He draws me closer giving me all I need to manage life each day. I started keeping a Bible/Prayer journal this year and it has been a huge blessing!
I’m blessed today to finally know what my prayer should be like and what to include in my prayer. This enable me to pray faithfully.I used to pray at 00:00 ,3:00 and at 5:00 but struggling how to vary my prayers but now I see how to tackle it.God bless you Deb.
I love reading the Psalms because the writers simply expressed their thoughts, feelings, joys, and problems to God in prayer. I believe prayer is simply talking with God about everything and anything. I also like the P.R.A.Y. Model for prayer – Pray – Repent – Ask – Yield. May you be blessed as you spend time in prayer with the Lord.
Thanks Deb and God bless you!