How To Have An Effective Prayer Life
I think all of us who follow Christ want an effective prayer life. We want it to be consistent and powerful. We long to see prayers answered. We desire a sweet fellowship with our God as we communicate with Him. Yet, there’s the rub. How do we do that?
I think the answer is much easier than we think. In fact, I think that is part of the problem. We make it harder than it has to be. LIke many things, to really have the prayer life we want, we just need one thing.
Now, I expect some push back here. Some will want to avoid the very semblance of there being a system. They want to just pray when the Spirit hits them. They just want to almost fly by the seat of their pants. They are afraid that their prayer life might become too regimented and legalistic. I think there is a Greek work that addresses that.
Look at the world that God created and maintains. Does it just float around any which way? Does God just seem to fly by the seat of His pants when it comes to the universe? I don’t think so. God is a God of order. He creates these wonderful systems we live in and then sometimes he overrules His own rules and does something out of the ordinary.
Look at the life of Daniel. In Daniel 6, prayer was outlawed for thirty days. When Daniel knew this happened, he went to his house to pray. He did this three times each day. Daniel ended up in the lion’s den because of this. The point, though, is that Daniel had a system for praying. He prayed three times each day. Evidently it was so regular than people knew when it took place. His enemies certainly did.
Now, what system should you choose? Sometimes I get asked a question about what Bible people should read. I always say they should read the one they will read. I don’t try to complicate it. I think it should be the same with prayer. Find a system that works for you. If that means you turn off the radio and pray on the way to work, do it. If it means that you prayer for five minutes seven times a day, do it. I don’t care. And I don’t think God cares either. I think that if you develop a system for prayer that is regular, you’ll find yourself praying during those spontaneous, fly by the seat of your pants moments too. It will actually free you up to pray.
Create yourself a system for prayer. Start out simple and expand it. Eventually you will pray without ceasing.