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Believe it or not this is actually nothing new. When I say nothing new I literally mean that this was taking place back in the Bible days with Jesus was with his disciples. In the book of Matthew, Jesus said to Peter "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
This is true for many of us! Our spirit man is very willing but our flesh is weak. Knowing the importance of prayer we strive to master the discipline. If you're like me you've probably read a pamphlet titled "How to Spend an hour in prayer" but your thoughts keep wandering until you eventually doze off.
If I be honest, I have not yet mastered it fully but I wrote a list of things that have helped me be more effective in my prayer life.
1. Don't Be Deep
Growing up in church and even having a family of Pastor's as you can imagine I have heard many prayers. Some have been so profoundly inspiring. Some I tried to duplicate weather it's the tone of voice, the vocabulary used or the excitement behind the prayer. However, none of those things have made me more deep or more holy- Sound like it...YES but truthfully unless the Holy Spirit is leading you to "go in" remember that prayer is a tool of communication between you and God. Sometimes just being present and talking to God as if He is a physical person ends up being a quite profound experience.
2. Don't Get Comfortable
We know that in certain situations when people get comfortable often times this means that there is some level of slackness occurring. Many times I hear people say they lay prostrate before God to pray. Nothing is wrong with doing that but if you are falling asleep knowing you wanted to spend a certain amount of committed time in prayer you may need to switch up your body position. It is possible to be effective by laying your heart prostrate while being awake rather than laying your body and falling asleep without God touching your heart.
3. Get Rid of Distractions
Master self control by regulating those things that often distract you. Strive to be a good steward of your time. When you effectively execute your goal the things you put on hold will still be there.
4. Get Away From The Noise
We live in a noisy society as is. Be present in the moment and let nothing hinder you from hearing from God. The Holy Spirit longs to commune with you. However God speaks to you, make sure you are able hear from Him.
5. Get Someone To Keep You Accountable
Accountability can be a great tool. Get someone to keep you accountable. Inconsistency often limits strength so if you are having a hard time don't be shy in calling for reinforcement.
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