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.  

Should Christians Tithe? Absolutely!  (Here’s what the Bible really says)

Should Christians Tithe? Absolutely! (Here’s what the Bible really says)

Some people believe that the Tithe was only under the Law and Christians should not give it. What does the Bible say? Here are four reasons why Christians tithe.

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Committed Christians have given tithes and offerings to God through their local church for 2,000 years without much controversy. However, there have always been those who contend that Christians do not need to tithe in the New Testament age.

Some people believe that the Tithe was only under the Law and Christians should not give it.

Here are four Bible reasons why Christians tithe today.

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How To Earn Respect and Increase Your Influence For God

How To Earn Respect and Increase Your Influence For God

Everyone wants to be respected, but few know the formula to achieve it. Respect is earned, not given. Learn the Bible way to earn respect and increase your influence for God by being a good steward of your testimony.

1 Timothy 4:12–16

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Young people tend to believe that respect and responsibility come with age. This statement is not valid. Respect and responsibility are earned.

Youth complains, “You don’t trust me.” Wisdom replies, “What have you done to earn it?”

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By being faithful in that which is least, we show that people can trust us with that which is great.

God had called Timothy to the Gospel ministry. He was the protege’ of the great Apostle Paul, but he was young. Would people follow his leadership? Would they respect him enough to listen? Through the Spirit’s inspiration, Paul taught Timothy how to overcome the liabilities of youth and earn respect. 

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Should I Tithe On My Government Stimulus Check?

Should I Tithe On My Government Stimulus Check?

Did you get a check from the government? Should you tithe on it? The answer is clear. Consider this short explanation.

During the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020, the US government is sending every qualifying American a stimulus check. (Didn’t get yours?) You should tithe off of it. In fact, you should tithe off of any government stimulus check. Here’s why.

Proverbs 3:9–10 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

The Bible is crystal clear that we should honor God with the firstfruits of all our “increase.” It doesn’t stipulate a difference between wealth gained by working a job, gift, or inheritance. It all comes from God.

When things get tight financially, it seems harder to give, but is it?

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I love the fact that God created the tithe as a percentage. We should give one penny out of a dime, one dime out of a dollar, one dollar out of ten, ten dollars out of 100, etc. The truth is we can always tithe. It seems harder to give $100,000 out of a million, but it is only in your head. It’s still 10%.

If I gave you a $100 bill, would you give me $10 back? Of course! How much more should we partner with God to do the same!

God gives you everything that you possess.

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

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Healthy Stewardship Habits

Healthy Stewardship Habits

So you want to be a good Christian steward?  Learning this simple truth will make it a lot easier!

I have posted several articles about the importance of stewardship in our lives.  Hopefully, by now you agree with the Biblical mandate to live as a good steward.

Desire doesn’t always equal discipline. Jesus taught us that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

How can we instill the principles of stewardship into our daily lives?

How do we overcome a lifetime of doing things our way and start consistently living like Jesus?

The answer may surprise you.

Habits.

Everyone has them.  Most people don’t give much thought to them, yet they are the secret to stability.  Your habits are making your life better or worse every day.

If you can learn to leverage the power of habit, you will find the consistency necessary to be a faithful disciple of Christ.

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The Problem With Christian Stewardship

The Problem With Christian Stewardship

Why do so many Christians fail to be good stewards? Christ taught the parable that explains it all.

Luke 12:43–47
“Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. ”

“Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. ”

“But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; ”

“The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. ”

“And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”

Our Lord gave us a parable contrasting two servants in this passage of Scripture.

The first servant mentioned was faithful to His Master’s commands. As a result, he was blessed and rewarded. In contrast, the second servant in the lesson was unfaithful. He failed his Master in spirit and action. Therefore, he was punished.

Which servant do you want to be? I trust that you desire to be a faithful steward. Our Lord has given us so many blessings that we are eternally indebted to Him.

Every sincere believer yearns to please the Saviour. Yet, so many fail. Why?

This passage of Scripture reveals the problem of stewardship. The unfaithful servant failed for one simple reason.

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