Let’s be honest saints we all do it. We all get lost in our daily routines and we lose that fire that we once had to pray (Romans 3:23).
We go from two hour intense prayers to two minute shallow prayers neglecting our intimacy with our creator.
This hinders our relationship with God and our selves considering everything we are steams from our relationship with him (Colossians 1:17). The key to Jesus’s success on this earth was his relationship with God. Considering we aspire to be like him we must follow his example. Making it our mission to strive to have a continuous relationship with our father. Now I do not want to spend this blog post reprimanding you because my ultimate goal is to encourage you. If you have lost your discipline to pray do not beat yourself up!
God is not worried about what you have not done right in any moment prior. He is more concerned with what you will do now that you have come to thia realization. Beloved, understand that grace and forgiveness are available for you. They are gifts the greatest from our Heavenly Father’s BIG heart to us his precious children. We are covered by his mercy for they renew each and every day (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Now let’s get to the good stuff. How do you revive your prayer life? Believe it or not you have already completed the first step. Admitting to yourself that you have fallen short is the first step to making a comeback. It requires great humility to be honest with yourself about your short comings. Give yourself a pat on the back for that.
Second you have to have a serious conversation with yourself about how important God is to you. If God is truly important to you then you will prioritize spending time with him. Let’s face it people only make time for those things and people who are truly important to them. God is not asking for your entire day. He just wants to spend some good all quality time with you just as any of your loved ones would. When you do not pray God misses you and would like you to give him some attention just as you do your job, your health, your family/friends, and your hobbies and interests.
God will often interrupt your life to get your attention. Our busy schedules and orther priorities are no match for God’s desire for us to be in an intimate relationship with him. Nothing revives your prayer life like unexpected tribulations in your life (II Chronicles 7:13-15). In II Chronicles 7:13-15 the word declares to us that if things are going wrong it is time for us to seek God. Once we turn to him in prayer and turn away from our wicked ways then he will hear us and restore us. Its not to say that thats the only time we should but it is an indication that God is trying to get our attention. Neglecting our relationship with God is a violation to our devotion to a christian lifestyle. Priorizing him is necessary!
Third you have to make a plan and commit to that plan. Time with God should be non negotiable for you each and every day! You should start and end your day with God. While also giving him a few minutes here and there through out your day. It does not have to be 2 hours of intensive prayer each time. It can be a few minutes of bible study, prayer, praise, worship, and even meditating on the scriptures. Intimacy with God is more about the quality of your time spent with him than it is about the quantity.
If you make a plan to pray for 15 minutes in the morning and at night then stick to it! If you plan on meditating on scriptures 5 minutes every hour then stick to it. If you plan on attending bible study weekly then stick to it. Start off with small committments and watch them grow over time. You may start with 5 minute prayers and before you know it you will be back to praying 30-45 minutes. God doubles and often times tripples what we give him.
Lastly, you have to be patient with yourself. Rebuilding a relationship with anyone is not easy especially when you have spent a lot of time apart. Our relationship with God can only be rebuilt with consistency, devotion, discipline, and patience. It is going to take time for you to get back to where you were but do not worry you will get there. Stay committed to the process. Remember that God is understanding he gives us a lot more grace then we give our selves. He loves you and will help you as you draw near to him.
Bible verses to mediate on as your rebuild and revive your prayer life:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
Colossians 1:17 NKJV
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV
“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”
II Chronicles 7:13-15 NKJV