Have you ever found your way to the spiritual desert, where you feel so dried out and alone? Like you feel there is no way back to God, where you are too ashamed to kneel before Him and pray.
You will be so surprised how many have come to that place. But what I have noticed in my own spiritual walk is that usually when you have arrived at the spiritual desert it is because of a dying prayer life that led you there.
Scripture calls us to “pray without ceasing” (Thessalonians 5:17). So when we stop praying it surely opens a door to a dry and desolate place.
So what I want to do is help you reach the oasis and return back to Jesus. So below are 6 steps to help you in your prayer life:
- Pray fervently
Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].James 5:16
The word ‘fervent’ means passionate, wholehearted, powerful or forceful.
So when you pray, pray with persistence. Jesus has told us that all we need to do is ask, but we need to be earnest when praying.
- Pray for others and with others
As believers we share a father, and what is more beautiful than to come before Him in unity, presenting each other’s struggles and tribulations. Truly seeking the best for others is praying for them. Although some people look to prayer as the last resort, prayer is our first resort because we know it works. We know our God answers us always.
- Do not pray vaguely
When coming before God we need to be specific about the things we need, we need to be specific about the sins we have committed, we need to be specific about our pain and what we want. We need to thank Him for specific things. Being humble and in submission under God is powerfully paired with boldness and earnestness.
- Prioritise prayer
Prayer should be at the top of your list. Withdraw from watching too much TV or playing video games, you will surely have enough time in your schedule to set time aside for prayer. Prayer requires discipline and perseverance. It is not an easy journey to do something that the flesh hates. But fight for what is right.
- God’s word in our prayer
When you spend enough time in God’s word you will notice how they sneak into your prayers but do it purposefully because God’s words are powerful and this will assist you in praying according to His will.
There is this one quote that comes to my mind every time I pray:
“The body ought to pray as well as the soul. Body and soul are both better for it.”C.S. Lewis
Sometimes we need to physically get on our knees, fold our hands to show God respect. There is no shame in showing God respect, there is an honour. We are never too big to not kneel before Him. He is worthy of all praise.
He is the one with the authority and you are coming to His throne. He loves it when you show Him that you are submitting to Him and His will.
I find more dignity in getting on my knees before Him than doing anything else.
I truly hope that this advice helps you this week to truly rejuvenate and nourish you to take back control of your prayer life. May God heals you this week, May He fill you with His Holy Spirit this week and may all that you do bring glory to Him.