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5 Ways to Make Prayer a Priority

We all struggle with prayer at some point in our lives. Making prayer a priority can be a challenge but it can be done! Here are 5 ways that you can make prayer a priority in your life!



Last week we talked about the top reasons that keep you from not praying, we concluded that we need to make prayer a priority. We make time for things that are important to us. Many people commented and wrote in that they struggle with laziness or simply overthinking prayer. It is easy to say we need to make something a priority but it’s another thing to put it into practice, right? I mean that is why so many people fail at keeping their resolutions they set each year.

How can we change our ways and set up a new habit of prayer?

5 Ways to Make Prayer a Priority

Change Your View

It is to think that we are unworthy to come before the Creator of the universe. It is easy to think that we can’t come before Him if there a sin habit we struggle with.  Move beyond the “give me” attitude, a reader a wrote in last week. When we get to the point of realizing that we can come before the Lord, anytime and anywhere, no matter where we are in life or what we are struggling with then we will be more apt to prayer more easily and start developing the habit. When we begin to shift our focus from a laundry list of wants to a gratitude perspective we will end up taking our relationship with God to another level.

Jesus has the power to turn people and situations around. –LGG

I just love that quote from Love God Greatly blog last week! Jesus has the power!

Make Time

Rearrange your schedule to make time. Find a time in your day that you can set aside for prayer. Until the habit starts, add prayer to your daily to-do list until it becomes second nature and you no longer need the daily reminder.

Get up earlier if you need to. Yes, I went there. Sometimes are days seem to packed with all that we have going on that we can come up with so many excuses to keep us from the things that benefit our lives for the long haul. If you can’t seem to find a time than you’re probably looking at waking up earlier than you usually do to make it happen. 

We see in Mark that Jesus rose early in the morning before the others and went to pray. He is our example and I think we need to make prayer a priority first thing in the morning to steer our day in the right direction first thing. Even if it can only be a quick prayer over your day to start with, depending on which stage of life you’re in.

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35  

It's not about "having" time. It's bout making time.


Prayer Walk

This one idea that I have come to love. This idea came from Courtney from Women Living Well. I first read it in her book, Women Living Well. I plan on doing a book review on this great book for women. I could go on and on about it! Basically, the prayer walk is prayers that you say while working in your home. While you’re folding the laundry thank God for clothes to wear and growing children. While picking up the endless toys, thank the Lord for the children in your home. When ironing your man’s dress shirt pray over your husband or marriage. Use the daily tasks that you do in your home as physical reminders to pray.

This such a great way to always have a prayerful attitude. We’re supposed to pray without ceasing, right? How can we do that when we are serving our families? By using the prayer walk method. This is also a great way to choose gratitude during those mundane tasks. It is too easy to complain about having piles of laundry to fold our endless dishes to wash. Let’s change our outlook and use these tasks as an opportunity to lift up others in prayer.

Use an System

Maybe prayer is hard for you because you don’t know what to say, you feel like you aren’t saying the right things or you mind wanders too much. I think we all struggle with this throughout our lives. Many times over and over again. Using an acronym system helps you stay focused on your prayers and keeps you from the “what do I say next” feeling. There are so many out there!

The current system that I like to use is the ACTS system.

A -adoration

C-confession

T-thanksgiving

S-supplication (requests)

This system works really well for me because I like to take time to thank God for who He is and how He at work in my life first and foremost. God is so good to us and if we simply take time to reflect on that we can change our outlook on life.I also like it because it reminds me to be thankful for one thing about my man that I love and also I can pray back my gratitude list that I took time to make. (Loving the Choose Gratitude: Blessings Journal from Crystal Paine!)

In the past, I’ve also used the 4 P’s alliteration system. Pardon, Praise, Power, People. The 4 major areas of our life like ACTS just arranged a little differently. If alliterations work better for you then I recommend starting with this one! 

We all struggle with prayer at some point in our lives. Making prayer a priority can be a challenge but it can be done! Here are 5 ways that you can make prayer a priority in your life!

Start with Small Goals

And give yourself grace as you start a new habit. We all fail at some point but don’t give up

Start with 5 minutes of prayer a day. Once that becomes easy for you increase it 5 more minutes. If you set out to pray for 20 minutes a day right off the bat you’re destinated to fail pretty quickly. Just like when you’re preparing for a marathon, you need to build up your stamina one step at a time. Prayer is like a muscle that needs to be exercised daily in order to be strong. 

Be realistic and start small.

 

A strong prayer life isn’t going to happen overnight. But when we make it a priority  we can overcome the struggles.

 

Your turn! How are you going to make a priority this week? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Pretty Simple Ideas
    January 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Love this! Lately I’ve been praying through the Lord’s prayer…and really stopping long enough to meditate on each work. I really love to pray that “Your Kingdom come” over my home and office and friends. Thank you for this.

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      I think that it is a great idea to slow down our prayers and really think about what we are saying! Thanks for visiting!

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    Aunt Karen
    January 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    The prayer walk part has worked best for me for so many years that I did not realize I still do this! Having 5 children and a husband kept me plenty busy. And I learned the best way not to complain about the laundry and cleaning was to pray over each one as I folded their clothes. Many things come into my mind each day about my children and I just go to prayer for them as always. Talking to God has become second nature to me (maybe because I love to talk so much!) and I hope I never lose it. Keep smiling, Ana!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      I definitely think it curbs our complaining. It is awesome to know that at some point it will be such a habit that we no longer think about it! Thanks for the encouragement, Aunt Karen!

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    Karen Del Tatto
    January 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    It’s interesting to come upon this post today. My word for 2016 is “Pray”. I just came out of a season where I was making time for everything else, even Kingdom work, but not praying – missing out on the fuel to accomplish things for the Lord.

    I now make sure that I pray before my feet hit the floor in the morning. (And yes, that does mean I set my alarm earlier on days I need to go to work which can be tough, but it has been so worth it!) I am using a system of thanksgiving and confession when I first wake up; then I move onto reading my Bible and praying through the verses I am reading, recording them in a journal, which has really helped me to stay focus. Then I will get up and start walking around, usually to make my bed or even to pray over rooms as I bring my supplications and intercessions before the Lord.

    Thanks for sharing this edifying post on prayer!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Love your word for the year! Sometimes sacrificing a couple minutes of sleep is worth it. I love journaling my Bible time because it helps you to slow down and be focused.

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    Susan B Mead
    January 25, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Love this! Like training for a marathon – great analogy! Neighbor at Cornerstone confessions today. May I invite you to share at the DanceWithJesus linkup if you haven’t yet Anastasia? Bless someone there too.
    SusanBMead.com/blog

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      I will be sure to linkup, Susan! Thank you for the encouragement!

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    Ruthie Gray
    January 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Prayer is like a muscle that needs to be exercised daily in order to get strong – love that! You have some great suggestions here, girlie! I’ve used ACTS for years – it works well for me! And the prayer walk is a wonderful way to keep in an attitude of prayer.
    Even if we develop a strong prayer life, we must stay at it – or it’ll go stagnant. This is one thing I’ve come to realize – we always have to fight to make it a priority because there are always new transitions and changes in schedules!

    Great post! Thanks for linking up with us at Tuesday Talk – I think I’ve seen you floating around CBB, have I not? 😉

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I so agree, there are seasons of stagnant prayers and Bible reading. IT’s during those times that we need to change it up and refocus! Keeping at it helps that so much.

      Thanks for visiting from the linkup! And, yes you have seen me in CBB! Loving all the knowledge from the course and group!

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    Chari
    January 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Great tips! I love talking to God all of the time lol. We just did ACTS in our MOPSinc group too! Thanks for sharing! Visiting via Titus 2 Linkup! God bless!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      I love seeing all the women who use the ACTS system! Thanks for visiting!

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    Mary Geisen
    January 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Thank you for such lovely ideas on prayer this morning. When I start to feel like my prayer time is becoming a train wreck, I need to hear your reminders in my ear. I love the idea of prayer walks and I realize that when I am out walking, most of the time I am doing exactly that. I need to start framing my walking time differently and call it what it is.

    Praying you have a blessed day!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      So glad to hear that this morning, it sure blesses me to hear back from you ladies that my posts are an encouragement to you!

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    Karen
    January 27, 2016 at 11:51 am

    God has been moving me to become a woman of prayer. I appreciate these tips to help us integrate this important discipline into our lives. I like that it’s ok to start with small goals and not feel overwhelmed by trying to do it all at once. thanks!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for blessing me with your comment today! I am so glad this post encouraged you!

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    Melanie Redd
    January 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    What a practical and helpful post, Ana!
    These are some wonderful prayer suggestions!
    A book that has really helped my prayer life is called, ‘The Hour That Changed the World.” The author teaches you how to pray for an entire hour a day. It’s a great resource.
    Found your post on Raising Homemakers.
    Hope you and your babies have a super day today~
    Melanie

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      I haven’t heard of that one before! I am going to look it up! Not sure I can make an hour work at this stage in life but I would still be interested in reading how to. Thank you!

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    Selena Campbell
    January 27, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I love this Bible study on prayer at Love God Greatly, which I found through your blog. I have been so encouraged by it just the last two days (I started it late). I appreciate your encouragement here–your suggestions are great!

    Thanks for sharing. I am excited to see how God grows me over the next few weeks of doing this study.

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 28, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      I am so glad to hear it, Selena! Excited you’re joining me for the study! Love God Greatly is such a blessing in my life. My favorite study so far has been the Intentionally Focused – if you ever get a chance to do that one, make sure you do. That one is life changing.

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    Ann
    January 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Great ideas to keep prayer as a priority in our lives. I’m currently reading the book “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer. I’m learning so much about the importance of daily regular prayer. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      I’ve seen that book online and I definitely want to add it to my 2016 reading list. The reviews and recommendation have been great. thanks for the tip, Ann!

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    MAria
    January 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    These are great suggestions, Anastasia! The prayer walk is something I haven’t heard of, but I agree: it’s a great way to integrate even more spirituality into our lives. It makes us more aware of what we should be thankful for as well. Thanks for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop this week!

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    Kristine
    January 29, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Wonderful tips Ana, thank you for sharing! I’m visiting you from Susan’s Dance With Jesus linkup:) Have a blessed weekend!

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    Crystal
    January 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Great tips! This is something I really need to work on. I pray everyday, but not nearly enough. Looking forward to using your suggestions. Thanks!

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    Horace@pleasingtothePotter.com
    January 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Anastasia,
    I think I have been using the A-C-T-S method of praying without realizing. I recognized not only the need for but the power of prayer during my recovery process. I did a prayer series last November. I love the closeness I feel with God when praying and I am thankful that we can prayto Him at any moment of the day. Thank you for sharing these important reminders for an effective prayer life. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      That is awesome, Horace. I have found that the ACTS system has stuck with me longer than any other system. I bet your recovery was a life changing time. It is in those seasons that God brings us closer to Him. I love going to Him in prayer whenever we need to as well! Thanks for joining in the conversation today!

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    Colletta
    January 31, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love the prayer walk idea. I already do it to an extent but I would like to be more intentional about it. I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2016/01/songs-on-sunday-call-it-grace-by.html

    Colletta

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      Anastasia Safee
      February 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      It is one of my favorites as well!

      I can’t comment on your site with your comment system but I have stopped by! 🙂

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    Naomi@WhatJoyIsMine
    February 1, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Ana…You great ways to build a prayer life. And they are so doable! Thank you for sharing at Monday’s Musings. Blessings . 🙂

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    Naomi
    June 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    As a person who deal with chronic pain my times in bed become great times for prayer. My wall and my radio becomes boring but praying is always the way to go to keep me busy and make a difference in God’s world.

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      Anastasia Safee
      June 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      I love how you are turning a frustrating situation into something positive. I need to remember that the next time I get knocked down. I find it all too easy to focus on the negative during those times. It is amazing the healing power that prayer has over our lives and days.

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    OLATUNBOSUN TAIWO JOHN
    December 11, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I really enjoy your post i think that is what every woman should do if they want a better home

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