How To Created A Better Prayer Life (Guess Blogger)

I am so glad you are here! I’m Ashley, I am 26-years young, a coffee-addict, Army wife and future Chaplain’s spouse, INFJ, extroverted introvert and a 2 on the Enneagram. Originally from Indiana but currently in Missouri, I love Jesus, summer nights, ice cream and coffee dates with my husband, comfy sweatshirts and the feeling of finishing a good book.

 

I have a heart for helping other women learn to plant deep roots in Christ and grow in their faith; I struggled for many years to achieve any kind of deep spiritual growth and I have a passion for helping other women who may be struggling too. You are not alone.

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Prayer is one of those basics of our Christian life, but can be one of the most difficult to begin implementing. A lot of Christians say they need to pray more but struggle to make prayer a daily habit.

Prayer was something I really struggled to incorporate into my life when I became a Christian. I had no idea what I was doing or what to say and this kept me from growing in my faith for a long time. Eventually, I learned more about it from watching others and learning from more mature Christians, but it still overwhelmed me.

When you start to think about who you should be praying for and what you should be praying about, it can start to get incredibly overwhelming. We worry about what to say and how long to pray for and a bunch of other things that don’t really matter.

Learning to pray and pray consistently is just like any other positive habit you try to implement; it’s going to feel odd at first because it’s new but the only way to make it part of your life is to just start.

You might stumble a little and miss some days, but the more you do it, the easier it will become.

Here are some simple ways you can have a better prayer life, starting today!

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Keep It Simple

Praying every day really doesn’t require a lot of time and can be done anywhere. After I realized that, I was convicted pretty hard and made the decision to make prayer a priority in my life.

Simplicity took me a long time to get my head around, because talking to the Creator of the universe made me feel like my prayers had to be articulate and long and full of zealous words. But prayer is really just a conversation, just like if you were talking to a friend about your life.

Some of my most honest, raw and intimate prayers have been the ones with the fewest words. A prayer for safety can simply be “Lord I trust in your protection, please keep me and my family safe as we go. Amen.”

Don’t overthink it; just start talking to God about your life, your hopes, dreams, fears and anxieties. It will get easier over time.

Pray Scripture

Use the Lord’s Prayer found in Mathew 6: 9-13 as a guide if you are unsure where to start or how to pray.

  • Start with Praise;
  • Pray God’s will to be done in your situation;
  • Pray for and thank God for provision over your situation;
  • Confess any sin and pray for forgiveness; ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your heart and shine a light on areas that need forgiveness;
  • Pray for protection, safety and deliverance from temptation.

As you are studying the bible, you can also use any passage or verse as a guide for prayer. The Psalms are a great place to begin if you are searching for words for prayer and praise.

Find Prewritten Prayers

From guided books to blog posts, there are tons of resources out there for people who are unsure what to pray about or what to say during prayer. These are a great way to get you started and build your prayer vocabulary.

Just on Pinterest alone you can find pins with pre-written prayers for just about anything: anxiety, focus, healing, health, safety, your husband, your kids, your family, your finances, your friends, etc.

Start a prayer board on Pinterest and start grabbing some for future use. You can go follow my Prayer Board on Pinterest to get some ideas!

Practice Meditation

This may seem like an odd tip, but part of the reason we struggle to pray is because it requires us to slow down and be still in the presence of God. We feel like we don’t have time to slow down, and thus, struggle to pray.

I am not talking about the meditation you may be thinking about; I am talking about meditation on Christ & who He is, on the attributes of God, on His goodness and faithfulness and on Scripture.

Meditation can help you get into that habit of slowing down. It can put your heart at mind in a primed state to engage in meaningful prayer because you are already still and calm, instead of anxious because of all the things you have to do that day.

A good way to do this is to listen to scriptures while practicing deep breathing or reading through a Psalm. You can also play worship music and meditate on the lyrics. I have even created a playlist of my favorite worship songs on Spotify you can use!

By listening to or reading a short passage of encouraging Scripture, your heart is tuned to the Holy Spirit and speaking to God will feel like the natural next step.

Get Organized

The best way to fight prayer overwhelm is to organize it. Spend some time writing down all of the different areas of your life you want to cover in prayer. For example, your categories could be Personal, Marriage, Family/Kids, Friends, Church, Community, Requests, etc.

Under each category, write specific things you want to pray for. Choose 1-2 categories a day to pray through.

If you are someone who writes a to do list or uses a planner to schedule your day, write in your prayer time! Things that require discipline and forethought rarely occur organically during our day. It is important to make time for it and block it off in your schedule.

Set a reminder on your phone, write it in your planner, or leave post it reminders for yourself.

Use a Prayer Journal

Using a prayer journal completely changed my prayer life. Physically writing out my prayers helped me to focus and keep my mind from drifting.

You can use any blank journal for prayer, but the one I use is a yearly prayer journal from ValMarie Paper. It takes care of the Organizing and Journaling all in one!

 

A big thank you to Ashley for sharing about prayer, you can find more with Ashley at faithfullyplanted.com

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Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Colossians 4.pngThe book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul while he was in a Roman prison, when he wrote to the church in Colossae. False teachers were coaching the Colossians to worship angels and follow special rules and ceremonies. Paul corrected this thinking through his letter, stressing that faith in Christ is sufficient for salvation and that nothing needs to be added to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

In chapter four Paul tells us that we need to devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answers everyone.                               Colossians 4:2-6

The Apostle Paul is telling all of us as Christians that we should always pray in all circumstances, in good times and in those difficult days and challenging days that we all go through, knowing that we do not journey alone in our lives. Receive God’s strength when ongoing problems require you to stick it out over the long haul. During these times we need to remember we walk by faith and not by sight. This is when you resort to grimly gritting your teeth, and try to not have a negativity mind. This is not the way that God wants his children to be and to deal with their difficulties. God is sovereign over the circumstances of your life, so there are always opportunities to be found in them. Sometimes those opportunities are so obvious you can’t miss seeing them. At other times especially when the journey is hard and seems endless, you have to search for hidden treasures. Do not be like the man who hid his master’s talent in the ground, lets us look to Matthew 25:25 “And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.” This man gave up and took the easy way out; blaming his hard situation rather than making the most of his opportunity. The truth is, the more difficult your situation, the more treasure there is for you to discover in it. God will gladly give you strength, it is limitless and freely available to each and everyone of his followers. It is exceedingly potent, because the Spirit himself empowers you and me–strengthening you with power in your inner being. This strength enables you to keep on enduring the unendurable. Since this strength has no limits there is more than enough of it to spill over into Joy! As I personally look over this past year and reflect on my own personal struggles I know that God has given me the strength to never quit, even when I wanted to and to remember when I walk by faith and not by sight I learn to have a victorious living in Christ Jesus, and I say ‘THANK YOU LORD”

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

 

Becoming A Prayer Warrior

Luke 6.jpgWhat is pray?, it is a conversation that we have between us and God. Pray is an important tool in the life of a Christian, and without this it is impossible for us to grow close with God and have a Spiritual Life with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Through out the Scriptures both in the Old and New Testament we read about the great prophets and their pray life. As we look into the life of Jesus, he knew how important one’s pray life is.  Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.                                                 Mark 1:35

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he designated apostles.                                                         Luke 6:12-13

But when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.                                                                                         Matthew 6:6-8

Some of you may say to yourself, why should I even pray if God is who he says he is and knows all, why should I even pray then. The answer is simply, God longs a relationship with all of his children and we do that thru prayer. When you have something of great importance don’t you go and meet with your friends, or family member and share in with all of your joys and sorrows? your answer would be of course, so why not go to God with all of your joys and sorrows and not just someone close to you. If there is ever a time you just don’t know what to say, or even the words don’t come easy at that very moment, no need to worry because the Holy Spirit will intercede on your behalf. God wants you to watch in hope as you wait for Him, your Savior. The longer we have to wait, the more we must learn to trust Him and him alone. If you feel a little anxious, seek his help as Jesus my Lord and Savior, here I sit and wait, wait for your peace within my soul, I love you father however at this times the words come hard to find. Your words just needs to be simply and you don’t need to go on and on, just talk with him as you would your friend. During our prayer time we need to confess to God any of our wrongs doing, God is a forgiven Father, and he will love you regardless of what you have done. Knowing that God forgives us allow us to forgive someone who has hurt us in any what shape or form. Pray for others as you would pray for yourself or a family member, in praying for someone else will also allow you to draw close to your Heavenly Father. We are all here on earth to help one another and if the only way you can help is thru your prayers, don’t worry yourself because that is the best thing you and I can ever do is to pray. We need great Prayer Warriors here on earth to bring peace to our world, no the only one that can change a human beings heart is God and not us however we can ask God to do his will. Humble yourself and ask God to see if there is anything within you that he needs to change for you to become the person he as created you to be and believe me he can and he will.

Praise God for all you have and trust Him for all you want!        (By John Wesley)

You who are born of God according to the marks laid down in His Word well know that you are His children. Your hearts assured before Him. Everyone who has observed these marks can sense and know of a truth at this very moment whether, in the sight of God, you are His child. The question is not anything else: What are you now? Is the Spirit of adoption now in your heart? Make the appeal to your own heart: Are you now the temple of the Holy Spirit? He now dwells within you.

Lord Jesus!

May everyone who prepares his or her heart to seek Your face receive that Spirit of adoption and be enabled to cry out “Abba!” Father” Let them now have power so to believe in Your name as to become children of God and know and sense redemption through Your blood and the forgiveness of sins.

Amen

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

I am the Light.pngWhen Jesus spoke again to the people he said “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Do you ever wonder exactly what God wants you to do, especially when you have so many options and demands to manager? By being in God’s word and allowing it to drench your very soul, we do walk with Jesus in the light. As we look around this world right we are, we can see the pain of hurt, despair, disappointment in someone eyes as well as reading it on someone’s face. You can be the very light in which Jesus’ talks about, and the ways are sharing your own faith with someone. Telling someone how much Jesus loves them with no strings attach. How about listening to another person, sometimes that is all that they want from someone else to hear the pain or perhaps the disappointment they are feeling.  When you see someone all by themselves away from everyone else go up to them and start a simply conversation, and be a friend to them, sometimes that is all they need, and by doing so you are also bless. God places people in our own lives for a reason, sometimes it maybe a day, a week, a season in our own lives, however God always has a plan for our lives. Although we all have the very long to do list of things we seem we have to get done, don’t allow special moments of people in your life to slip by. When God allows us to be the light with him in this very dark world don’t fret over a to do list, just allow His Spirit to guide you in your journey.

The Pharisees challenged Jesus. Here you are, appearing as your own witness, your testimony is not valid. Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.  You judge by human standards, I pass judgement on no one.                               (John 8: 13-15)

You can come to Jesus just the way you are, you don’t need to clean up your act, like some may say to you. He is not judging you or me of our pass sins, so just come towards the light, to the one who is the Light of this World.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends