I’ll go ahead and confess something: I feel guilty about my prayer habits. Pastors are supposed to be about prayer and the word, and I never think that I’m praying enough. But, that’s not my real problem. My real problem is that I don’t take that guilt to God, and so I let it fester.
1. Take your prayer shame to God.
Any part of your life can go off the rails, including your prayer life. But, we believe in the forgiveness of sins. The Apostle John reminds us that: if we say we are perfect we deceive ourselves, but if we confess our sin and failing to Jesus that he is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us. If you are feeling guilty about your prayer life, I invite you to pause from reading right now, and confess your prayerlessness. He **will forgive **you.
2. Don’t promise to pray just pray.
When someone says, “please pray for me,” I invite you–at that moment –to say, “can we pray right now?” If you say, “Oh I’ll be praying for you,” will you really? If you do, you’ve got a better memory than I do. It easy to talk about prayer, but guess what if you can talk about something then you can pray about something.
3. Write down prayers
I don’t have a great memory. So, I try to collect prayer’s throughout the week so that I can be in regular prayer. At the end of this note, I’ll include a pdf of the little booklet that I use for prayer request. This little book is also a great way of not feeling overwhelmed or guilty about your prayers. I’ve written down days of the week and then I pray for different requests on different days (of course, I do pray for somethings more regularly.)
4. Steal time to pray
Sure it’s great to schedule times of prayers, but there is nothing wrong with stopping in a stairwell, or pulling over on the shoulder and praying for something that is really bothering you. These short spontaneous prayers aren’t a replacement for longer times of prayer. See it more like a roadside emergency kit, which you can access when needed.
5. Connect the Bible to Your Prayers
I was recently reminded that prayer isn’t the beginning of a conversation with God; it’s a response to what God has already said, and done for us. The more we can find ways of starting with God’s word, the easier it will be to see how we ought to respond to him in prayer.
Here is that link to my prayer on page booklet (here is a video on how to cut and fold the page ) I hope these are helpful to the life of our church. And I can say with all sincerity, I’m praying for you. =)