Prayer is essential. Prayer gets hard. When it gets hard, don’t give up but reignite your prayer life! When we pray effective prayers we see answers and receive encouragement. It gets hard for me too so there are some things I do to help me get back on track! These six things have proven effective at firing up my prayer life when it gets a little stale.

Six Tactics to Fire Up Your Prayer

Use a list. If you don’t use a list start using one. You can’t remember everything you need to pray for. You might also consider recording your answers to prayer on that list!

Don’t use a list. Sometimes I get so stuck on my list I forget one important thing: prayer is a conversation. We can effectively use lists for business meetings, presentations and things to do but we don’t use a list when we are in casual conversation. I start my prayer time in casual conversation. (Then I turn to my list.)

Worship a little more. This is one of the hardest things to do. If you find it difficult, read a Psalm of worship — like Psalm 8! Take a little more time to worship God at the start of your prayer time.

Give thanks. Think of all the things you have to be thankful for and thank God. Remember that every good and perfect gift is from him (James 1:17) so give him thanks!

Ask for God’s help. He will help you pray! His word is full of wisdom about prayer and he will encourage you to pray as you ask for his help!

Feed your mind and life with inspirational writing about prayer. This helps me so much. I regularly read books about prayer. My favorite prayer writer is E.M. Bounds. You can find his books in electronic format everywhere. They are also in print if you so desire


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