How To Pray Faithfully – Build An Effective Prayer Life

How To Pray Faithfully – Build An Effective Prayer Life

As we progress in our Christian life, we must build the character to pray faithfully. Learn how to pray to God consistently by building an effective prayer life in this article.

Most Christians don’t have a stable prayer life. A study conducted years ago found that the average Christian who participated only prayed for 3 minutes a day. Too many believers only get serious about prayer in crisis.

Multitudes of people know how to pray but don’t do it consistently. Some Christians used to be excellent prayer warriors but don’t pray much at all anymore.

If you are a Christian, you must learn to pray to God consistently. Most of us will admit that we don’t pray as much as we should.

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Do you want to be a prayer warrior, or are you content to be a prayer “whiner?” The first powerfully affects his world through effective prayer. The second only pray when times are tough, usually whining about circumstances rather than claiming victory by faith. 

Do you pray consistently every day? Do you receive regular answers to prayer? Do you feel close to God?  

You can! 

Here are six tips to help you pray faithfully and build an effective prayer life.

1. Determine to Build a Prayer Life.

Romans 12:12 

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

The phrase “continuing instant in” is one Greek word that means “to persevere, to be constantly diligent, to adhere closely to.”

Prayer should be a matter of diligent character. You must pray on purpose, or you will not pray.

Since prayer is one of the most spiritual exercises you can do, your flesh will fight against it. Also, the devil will work to keep you off of your knees. He knows that you can only affect eternity when walking close to God.

Don’t just have a prayer time. Determine to build a prayer life.

Consider these verses as well.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

Luke 18:1 

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Typically, preachers use these verses to discuss importunity (persistence) in prayer. We will discuss that in a later article. However, we must be consistent in prayer before we can be persistent in prayer. 

2. Choose a Time to Pray.

Put prayer in your daily schedule. What gets scheduled gets done. 

Is there a best time to pray? Certainly, there is no wrong time to pray. As a young Christian, I would pray at night. One day the Lord showed me that I was getting beat up all day and then receiving help from the Lord at night. Why not pray in the morning and have His support all day long? 

I began starting my day with prayer and have been blessed over the years because of it.

Start your day with prayer. That’s what Jesus did. Sometimes, He would get up long before dawn to pray. If our sinless Lord started His day with prayer, how much more should we!

Mark 1:35

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Here’s a helpful tip. Schedule multiple times a day to pray. Emergencies happen, and schedules get turned upside down. If you miss your primary prayer time, you will have gaps in your schedule to make it up later in the day. For example, you could plan to pray for ten minutes during your lunch break.  

David prayed multiple times a day.

Psalm 55:17 

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: And he shall hear my voice.

It is wise to plan a time of prayer in the morning, around noon, and in the evening.

3. Pick a Place to Pray.

A time and place of prayer become an anchor making sure you don’t drift from God in the busyness of life.

Jesus loved to go to the mount of Olives.

Luke 22:39–41

And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

What was the Mount of Olives like?  Read this excerpt from the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

OLIVES, MOUNT OF Two-and-a-half mile-long mountain ridge that towers over the eastern side of Jerusalem, or more precisely, the middle of the three peaks forming the ridge. Heavily covered with olive trees, the ridge juts out in a north-south direction (like a spur) from the range of mountains running down the center of the region. Both the central Mount of Olives and Mount Scopus, the peak on its northern side, rise over 200 feet above the Temple Mount across the Kidron Valley. It provided a lookout base and signaling point for armies defending Jerusalem.

David crossed the Mount of Olives when fleeing Absalom (2 Sam. 15:30). Ezekiel saw the cherubim chariot land there (Ezek. 11:22–23). Zechariah described how the Mount of Olives would move to form a huge valley on the Day of the Lord (Zech. 14:3–5). Many crucial events in Jesus’ life occurred on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 26:30; Mark 11:1–2; Luke 4:5; 22:39–46; Acts 1:9–12).

Jesus had a favorite place to pray. You should have a place to pray too.

Pick a spot at home that is comfortable and quiet. Pray there often. 

Also, you can pick a place to pray outdoors. Perhaps a particular place or a route that you walk and pray. 

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It’s easy to get out of your spiritual rhythm when you travel. Remain faithful to prayer when you are out of your daily routine by choosing a new place to pray while you are away. For example, when I stay in a hotel room, the first thing I do after I put down my luggage is choose the place to pray. 

Pick a spot. Own it. Use it daily.

4. Use a List to Pray.

A prayer list will focus your attention and keep your mind in a state of prayer. 

Create a list that works for you. It could be handwritten or typed. You can use a notebook or journal. Make your list easily accessible so you can have it with you during your primary prayer time. 

A beautiful and over-organized list is no help if you don’t have it with you when it’s time to pray.  Prioritize function over form in your prayer journal.

If you prefer, you can create a prayer list for smartphone or iPad and sync it to all your devices.

Regardless of the method of you choose to house your list, make a prayer list and use it daily.

5. Keep a Record of Prayer.

A record helps you be consistent in prayer. It records your habits so you can be encouraged or make adjustments when you slip.

A good record includes four elements:

  1. Date: When you pray.
  2. Time: How long you pray.
  3. Results: Answers to prayer.
  4. Streak: How many days in a row you have prayed.
  5. Space: Room to write how God moves in your heart.

Make the commitment to record your prayer habits. You can buy a prayer journal or create one on a simple sheet of paper.  Also, you can create one in a spreadsheet or document and sync them on your devices.

6. Select An Accountability Partner

It’s human nature that we excel in almost every area when we have a partner. A partner provides encouragement, companionship, and accountability.  

When we struggle to find the methods or motivation to succeed, it is wise to enlist someone to help. For the same reason people lose more weight with a trainer, you will build the character and consistency to pray faster with help.

All you need to do is ask someone you trust to be your accountability partner for prayer. They will check up on you at regular intervals. Also, they have your permission to inquire about your walk with God at any time.

Of course, we are accountable to God ultimately. However, it helps to have someone with skin to keep you on track.  

Give it a shot. It may surprise you how much of a difference it makes.

CONCLUSION – How To Pray Faithfully

Only through faithful and passionate prayer can we subdue the flesh, pursue sinners, and glorify God.

  1. Determine to build a prayer life. 
  2. Choose a time to pray.
  3. Pick a place to pray.
  4. Use a list to pray.
  5. Keep a record of prayer.
  6. Select an accountability to partner.

If you faithfully include these six ingredients in your prayer life, you will remain faithful and see exciting results. Take a few minutes to renew your commitment and implement these instructions right now.  

The Power of Prayer (with Bible Verses)

The Power of Prayer (with Bible Verses)

Prayer is powerful.  Here are 20 Bible truths that explain what prayer can do for you.

The power of prayer is the power of God. Our prayers move the heart and hand of God.

Since God is all-powerful, there is no limit as to what prayer can do.

Jeremiah 32:17  “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

Jeremiah 33:3  “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

God is able to answer our prayers beyond our imagination!  His power exceeds our capacity to ask or think.

Ephesians 3:20  “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

Christians are feeble in their own strength but become mighty when they pray.

William Cowper said, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.”  No wonder our enemy works so hard to keep us from praying!

What can you accomplish through the power of prayer?  The Bible gives us many examples.

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The Armor of God (and how to use it)

The Armor of God (and how to use it)

We are in a spiritual war. The battle lines are drawn. Sides have been chosen. The forces of good and evil collide in a furious battle for the souls of men. Are you prepared? Learn how to put on the whole armor of God.

Soldiers going into battle wear specific and important gear. Armor and weapons are directly related to life expectancy in battle.

God has given us special armor to wear as we battle for Him.

The Battle

Every day, there is a spiritual war raging around us. God’s people are not spectators watching the battle from a safe distance.

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Bullets are whizzing by our heads. Traps are laid for our destruction. The enemy advances upon our position. One wrong move and we can become a casualty of this spiritual war.

This may not make sense to you as you read it. You are reading this in relative comfort. You don’t hear gunshots or see the enemy so you feel safe.

You are not…

This warfare takes place on a spiritual plane that can only be seen with eyes of faith. The evidence of carnage surrounds us, yet is often explained away.

You can be successful in this war, but you must do these two things:

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How To Conduct An All-Night Prayer Meeting – Guide

How To Conduct An All-Night Prayer Meeting – Guide

Are you ready to ramp up your prayer life? Do you need to see miracles? An all-night or extended prayer meeting will take you to the next level. Here’s how to do it.

An extended prayer meeting is one of our most powerful spiritual weapons. You can do it by yourself or with a group. Consider this thought –

Quality Vs Quantity

Does it matter how long you pray?  Some say that it is better to pray for shorter periods of “quality” time vs. longer periods.  This thought may sound good at first but quickly dissolves under the weight of Bible Truth.  

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How many people do you know that pray a long time, but don’t pray “quality” prayers?  

The truth is the flesh doesn’t want to pray.  It wants to get up and go do other things.  Prayer is a spiritual discipline that must be cultivated and refined.

The Bible is clear that some situations require longer times of prayer. Each believer should have daily, consistent prayer times. Yet, some situations require seasons of extended prayer.

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5 Reasons Pastors Need Extra Prayer

5 Reasons Pastors Need Extra Prayer

Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual battle.  They need an abundance of prayer to survive and thrive. How much do you pray for pastors?

1 Thessalonians 5:25   Brethren, pray for us.

This verse is the cry of every pastor. They are keenly aware of their need for God.

Here are five reasons to pray fervently and often for your pastor.

1. Pastors represent God.

Wow.  Think about that statement.

Pastors represent the Almighty Creator of the Universe in a community. They are the undershepherd of Jesus Christ leading local congregations. This high calling is a great privilege and a terrible responsibility.

A humble pastor knows that he is not worthy of the title. Yet, he accepts it in obedience to God’s call.

1 Corinthians 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

1 Timothy 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

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Psalm 102 – A Prayer of the Afflicted

Psalm 102 – A Prayer of the Afflicted

Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.

The Cry of the Afflicted

Psalm 102:1–2, 24

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”

Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)