Beginning a committed time to pray may take some adjustments and sacrifice. But, once the habit is established we position ourselves to seek and hear from God much deeper. This will become a precious time to begin each day, but will also equip us to face any challenges through the day we may face. Prayer will become your immediate reflex rather than your last resort.
Here are a few ideas in life that can become prompts to pray:
- Newness: Take time to pray whenever you begin something new. Pray at the start of each day, dedicate it to God asking for His cleansing, protection and guidance. Begin each new year, job or relationship seeking God's wisdom, help and direction.
- Needs: God is able to meet any need. When we face physical, emotional or spiritual needs, may these prompt us to pray.
- Blessings: What has God done for you today? Daily He loads us with benefits and blessings. He protects us, forgives us and guides us. May we be ready to thank Him for all He does. This attitude of gratitude is pleasing to Him.
- Burdens: We will face all types, but they can all be taken to the Lord. Burdens can crush our spirit, but may we allow them, but as we bring them to God, He can make them lighter.
- Worry: We are reminded in Philippians 4:6-7 to not be anxious about anything, but go to the Lord in prayer. When worry or fear enters our minds and hearts, quickly turn it into a prayer to the God who sees and can bring peace.
- Sin: Anything related to sin should prompt us to pray. Temptations or failures can be brought to the Lord and forgiven.
Allowing our circumstances to launch our prayers keeps in the strategic position of encountering God's response.