Prayer Tips: Pray For Three Things
Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray without ceasing” is a pretty clear command in the Bible. However, it isn’t always clear how we are supposed to follow through with the command considering that there a wide range of tasks that we must accomplish on any given day. On a normal day, we can be bombarded with distractions that can keep us from following through with what we know we should do with our prayer life. With that in mind, how do we live out our call to be a prayerful people?
There are a number of ways that you can manage to incorporate more prayer into your life in pursuit of the objective to “pray without ceasing”. A number of strategies include taking time to pray in the car instead of listening to the radio. Folks pray in the shower. Some people set time aside during the day specifically for prayer. Some people have prayer lists that they pray several times a day. Other folks try to keep in prayerful dialogue with God throughout the day. As I said, there are a number of ways to pursue this goal.
One of the new exercises that I am exploring in the new year is the incorporation of praying for three specific things throughout the day. This is something that I have chosen to do beyond my normal prayer times during the day. I wanted to challenge myself in two specific areas. First, I wanted to dedicate myself to more prayer during the day. Second, I want to see God do some big things so I decided to focus some extra attention on some big things that are significant needs. So, I chose this exercise to pray more frequently during the day and to see God show up in big ways.
As an example, the three things I am praying for this year are God’s provision for the right house for our family, for the church to see an increase in new believers coming to faith, and for a specific family that I know, that has a number of significant needs. It is my hope that practicing this exercise will help me to be more prayerful during the day and to focus my attention on the presence of God with me throughout the day. I also hope that it will stretch my faith as I trust God to be at work in the areas that I am praying for each day.
If you are looking for a way to help you to pray more throughout the day, I suggest giving this exercise a try. Let me know how it works for you. I hope it is helpful for you. It’s a relatively new exercise for me and as I experiment with it, I would love the input of others. So, keep me posted if you give it a try. Plus, I always enjoy hearing stories about how God answers prayer in the lives of others.