For many people, praying is like breathing. They get up, have prayer time with God, and continue on through the rest of their day. If you ask them, "Did you pray today?" They look at you as if you have asked them the most ridiculous question ever. For the majority of us, praying is like exercising, eating healthy, and getting in awesome shape. We want to do it; we need to do it; but we just don't find the time to do it. To a Christian it is as important as breathing; however, we seem to put it lowest on our priority list. If you asked Peyton Manning how to throw a football, he would probably say, "Just throw it." We all probably could, but not like him. We would need to get some tips on how to do it better than we do now. With that in mind, here are a few tips on a better prayer time with God.
1. Choose a specific place to pray.
Everyone is different. Some people like to walk outside, some like to kneel, and some like to sit or stand. No matter the position, pick a place and just do it.
2. Choose a time to pray.
If you want to get a hold of God on a daily basis, you must have a scheduled time that you pray every day. If you pray when you have time, you will never have time.
3. Pray out loud.
I have found that whenever I pray in my head, I begin to daydream, fall asleep, or start thinking about other things that have to get done that day. If you pray out loud, you will think and pray together. It is much harder to daydream while quite literally talking to God.
4. Keep a prayer list.
The best way to pray is to have an idea about what to pray for and about. Everyone has a different opinion about a prayer list. You can right everything down specifically. You can have general topics like the following: church, family, unsaved, government, and sick. Another way is to pray for things by the day of the week by praying for one specific category every day of the week. My father-in-law has each day of the week alliterated to help him remember how to pray.
Missions Monday-he would pray for missionaries around the world
Task Tuesday-he would pray for the jobs that the family and ministry had to accomplish that week
Workers Wednesday-he would pray for the people who worked in their ministry and church
Thanksgiving Thursday-he would thank God for everything that God had given him.
Family and Friends Friday-he would pray for them and their need
Salvations Saturday-he would pray for lost loved ones and lost souls
Saints and Sinners Sunday-he would pray for the saved to attend church and if any were lost they would be saved.
5. Keep a journal of answered prayers
The journal will be a way to keep track of what you prayed for and when you prayed for it. Leave a space to jot down the answer when it comes. This will help you to keep alert to God's answer so you can thank Him promptly. You can also use it to show others how God answered your prayers when they are discouraged.