This week, I'm going to talk about Cultivating Spiritual Growth in our lives. As believers, we should be desiring Spiritual growth. But we can't just desire it, spiritual growth takes work. Hard work.
"Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." -1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV
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I don't think any Christian can argue that prayer is not important.
There are countless verses in the Bible about prayer. I want to share two truths about prayer with you before I continue.
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1. OUR FAITH IS A RELATIONSHIP. Relationships involve conversation. Prayer is our chance to talk to our creator and father. What a privilege to be able to come before his throne!
2. PRAYER IS A BATTLE. There is this quote I love that says: "Prayer is not preparation for the battle, it is the battle." (Leonard Ravenhill) We are in the middle of a spiritual war, and prayer is a battle. Because of that, the devil, our enemy, will do everything within his power to keep us from prayer...don't let him!
So, how do you cultivate prayer in your life?
1. Set a specific time. Yes, you can pray anytime. But having a couple of times that are set times to pray helps you to actually do it. For example, I pray after I do my Bible reading (I'll get to that in a couple of days) and then again before I go to bed.
2. Pray whenever you think of it! Another quote I love says "Always obey every impulse to pray." (Martin Loyd-Jones) When you think that you should pray, stop and do it!
3. Establish a system to keep track of requests. I don't know about you, but I often feel overwhelmed by prayer requests from people I know. In the past I've tried a prayer journal to keep track of requests and answered prayers, but I can never establish consistency. Now, I use a prayer wall, pictured below. As you can see, names of people I regularly pray for, such as my small group, family, and missionaries, are written on the front of a slip of paper. These slips of paper are taped to the wall. On the back, I write prayer requests. When a prayer is answered, I transfer it to a different slip of paper and stick it up where the praises go to remind me to praise God for those things.
|My prayer wall|
My final advice would be to read "Lord, Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days" by Kay Arthur. (Not an affiliate link) This book really helped me to learn how to pray. And also, ask God to teach you to pray! He will!
Before you go......
-Do you struggle with your prayer life?
-How do you cultivate better prayer habits?
And one more quote...
"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." --Martin Luther