A few months ago I shared some of my journey with prayer. This continues to be my heart:
-I want to be known as a woman who follows through on her promises to pray.
-I so deeply desire to be a woman who follows up with that prayer in practical, tangible, loving kindness.
-And most of all, I want to be a woman who fights her battles daily on her knees
I shared how I was struggling in the discipline of prayer time and how in that season, instead of giving up, I needed to show myself grace and focus on prayer as daily whispers from the heart throughout the day. (read more from that post here.)
It takes intentional and purposeful thought to include God in your daily moment by moment reflections.
But darling, lately I’ve had a deeper sense of conviction to do more with my prayer life. The Holy Spirit has continued to nudge my heart towards more.
Anyone with me? To be honest, it still feels a little daunting.
Some of you might have made new years resolutions to get fit physically by working out or making changes to your diet. If so, you know it helps to have some sort of a plan. Perhaps it’s an exercise guide to help you until the habit of working out or an eating plan until making healthier decisions comes more naturally.
Just as we should invest in our physical bodies with healthy habits, how much more should we to train and challenge ourselves in our spiritual growth?
So on that note, here are a few different practical and approachable prayer exercises you could adopt towards disciplining your prayer life.
1. keep a prayer journal.
Write an entry each day for the next 30 days. Or make it more creative if that’s a way you like to express worship: paint, draw, or color in your prayer journal. Below is a pretty journal (under $5!!) with some writing prompts:
My “Courage, Dear Heart” Journal is from Gracelaced. It looks like I have an older version, but a very similar updated design is still available.
2. Choose a theme to prayer over for each day of the week.
You can tailor your prayer schedule however you want but here’s an example:
- Sunday- your home Church, church leaders and their families
- Monday- your family
- Tuesday- Missionaries
- Wednesday- Unsaved family, friends, neighbors
- Thursday- The church- the body of Christ. Especially for Christians who are persecuted around the world.
- Friday- Your work, your finances, and ministries you’re a part of
- Saturday- your Country, the government, and Government Leaders
3. Every time you see ________ pray for _______.
For example: A while back, every time I passed a Starbucks while driving, I would pray for a girl I mentor, because grabbing coffee at Starbucks was our favorite thing to do together.
4. Each week, try a different physical posture as you pray
Try bowing on your knees, praying out loud, even laying flat on your face. Or you could switch up the location: go on a prayer walk, pray in a different room of your home each day, etc. There’s so much room for creative expression in this!
5. Prayer requests/answers book:
Keep a little notebook in your purse and jot down prayer requests with the date- then write how he answered the request next to it with the date. It’s so fun to look back and see how and when He answered. He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
Here’s a really pretty journal that’s specifically designed for this purpose:
I’d love to hear from you, darling: Do you have another prayer exercises that have made an impact on your prayer life?
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12