(2 Corinthians 1:20)
“Pray in the Spirit, on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests…” – Ephesians 6:18 Prayer is simply a two-way conversation with our Creator who created us for His pleasure, and that we may seek Him and know Him (Revelation 4:11, John 15:15, Acts 17:27). When we pray, we are partnering with God to seek His kingdom, and agreeing with Him to see His will be done on the earth (Mathew 6:10). The foundations of our prayer life are around the person and centrality of Jesus (Colossians 2:15-20). Prayer is based in our relationship with Jesus. We now can approach His throne with confidence through the finished work of the cross (Hebrew 4:16, Ephesians 3:12).
Here are some simple ideas for cultivating your prayer life, and establishing this as a daily rhythm and discipline in your relationship with God.
Turn your heart affections towards Him first, surrender your will and worries, and expect He will hear and answer. Start by giving thanks for who He is and what He has done. Be confident in His nature, and in His willingness to hear and respond to you.
Build in times of stillness, practice listening, and take each thought and give each care and burden to God as they come through your mind. Have a posture in your heart of willingness and expectant faith that you are meeting with God, and invite the Holy Spirit to spend time with you.
Consider recording your thoughts, reflections, meditations, prayer requests, and conversations with the Lord. It’s a great idea to regularly look back and see how God is speaking to you, confirming His promises, and answering your prayers.
Schedule regular time with the Lord, and also pray without ceasing and bring prayer into your life in all kinds of ways (Ephesians 6:18).
Throughout the day, seek to be conscious of His presence and regularly turn your heart towards Him. Be aware of your internal dialogue with the Holy Spirit, remaining in a place of continual awareness and connection. Look for Lord in everyday life, and where and how He may be speaking to you. In all things, look to scripture to verify, as He does nothing that contradicts his written word.
Remember that discipline is rooted in delight and desire, so establishing the discipline of prayer comes from this first. Ask the Lord to give you passion for Himself, for His ways and His desires, and receive the delight of the Lord towards you.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)