You being here must mean that you’ve come to understand that the make-a-wish method for spiritual growth doesn’t work—along with everything else apparently.
Christian prayer time is not just a religious duty—it’s an opportunity to connect with God, to find solace, and to seek His guidance.
I awoke this morning to the realization that prayer is a verb, and getting better at it will require action. But how?
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The Foundation of Christian Prayer
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;Colossians 4:2 (NASB)
- Devote – means to be courageously persistent.
- Alert – keep watch for specific things to pray about—don’t be vague.
Jesus set a powerful example for his followers by emphasizing the importance of prayer as a means of communion with God. His prayer life and guidance serves as a foundation for Christian prayer that we should follow.
The early Christian church also recognized the significance of prayer. Acts 2:42 describes the early believers as “devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
Christian prayer is powered through belief in the Holy Trinity—the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. Devotion to prayer continues to be a fundamental aspect of Christian faith. How about we make it a fundamental part of our own walk?
He allows us to speak to Him directly and actually listens. He’s all powerful and all knowing, so prayer is probably the most powerful thing we can do as Christians.
It sounds like we should fill His ears with steady prayer and let Him take charge.
The Purpose of Christian Prayer Time
All of us could use purpose to fuel our lives. Christian prayer has 6 good ones built in:
Prayer is a form of worship, where Christians offer praise, offer adoration, and offer reverence to God. We acknowledge His supreme power and holiness.
He is set apart from everything that is not God. He is God and nothing else is God. We’re lucky that He is not evil because He would still be our God regardless.
So He is who He is, and we worship.
Christians like us engage in supplication during prayer. This means that we ask God for His help, His intervention, and His blessings.
We need to reach a point in our lives where we realize that we can’t do it by ourselves like Moses did in the desert. He basically cried out to God that he wasn’t going to take one more step in the desert unless God took it with him.
Sounds like a man at the end of his rope that’s finally ready to accept his Father’s help. That’s a great place for a Christian to be my friend.
Christian prayer time includes confession. We should admit our shortcomings and sins while seeking God’s forgiveness and redemption.
He won’t do much for us that we’ll enjoy unless we gain self-awareness and repent.
Gratitude is an essential expression of thanksgiving for our blessings and grace that’s given to us by God. Our redemption wasn’t free—Jesus paid for it in blood.
We have earned nothing but death and hell for our sins, so showing gratitude for salvation should be obvious.
5. Relationship Building
Christian prayer time builds a personal relationship with God. This allow us to more fully sense His presence and guidance in everyday life.
6. Spiritual Growth
Through the power of prayer:
- Christians grow spiritually
- Christians acquiring wisdom
- Christians learn discernment
- Christians gain understanding
Christian prayer time is not a one-size-fits-all experience. It’s a personal journey that allows you to engage with God on an intimate level.
It is where you’ll find strength, solace, and a path for spiritual growth.
Creating a Sacred Space for Christian Prayer Time
Your environment can either enhance or hinder your prayer experience. Here are some steps to create a sacred space for your prayer time:
- Choose a Quiet Space: Select a quiet and peaceful location where you can engage with God without distractions.
- Eliminate Distractions: Silence your phone, turn off the TV—create an atmosphere that promotes focus and serenity.
- Consider Your Posture: Some kneel, some sit, and others stand. Pray in various postures and see what works best for you. You might find that you prefer different postures for different types of prayer.
- Create a Prayer Corner: You can set up a small altar or prayer corner in your chosen space. This can include a Bible, candles, or a cross to help focus.
- Establish a Routine: Consistency is key. Set aside specific times in your day for Christian prayer time. Make it a routine part of your life.
The Power of Routine and Consistency
Consistency is where the true power of Christian prayer time emerges. It provides stability and allows you to anchor yourself in your relationship with God on a regular basis.
Having a regular prayer time keeps you attuned to God’s presence and helps you find comfort and guidance even in the most challenging moments.
This builds comfort in prayer and allows you to have an ongoing dialog with God.
Different Forms of Christian Prayer
Christian prayer comes in various forms that are intended to serve a different purpose and spiritual need:
These are heartfelt and unscripted prayers, where believers speak to God in their own words. This involves sharing your thoughts, feelings, and needs.
Contemplative prayer is a silent form of prayer that encourages stillness, reflection, and being present in the moment with God.
Certain Christian traditions use rituals in their prayer, such as the use of incense, the sign of the cross, or the lighting of candles.
I think it’s a good way to focus and set the mood for prayer time, but too much ceremony feels like religion to me.
These are prayers often used in church services, such as the Eucharistic prayer or the prayers of the Mass.
I’m not a fan of public ritual prayers. Catholics and “religion” in general kinda ruined it for me. Men with too much power and influence tend to bend towards evil.
Too much control—not enough Jesus.
Devotions demonstrate our allegiance, fealty, fidelity, loyalty, and worship of Jesus.
Devotional prayers are typically associated with specific religious practices like the Rosary in Catholicism. But they don’t have to be.
You can design your own prayers for devotionals to help you grow in your faith and love for Jesus.
It is my hope that you take prayer time seriously. Prayer is the key to unlocking your relationship with God. Practice makes us better and routine keeps it flowing. Godspeed.