Friday, July 8, 2011

5 steps to better prayer

Praying Hands

The secret to effective prayer is simple.

1. pray
2. pray some more
3. pray even more
4. pray more than before
5. pray more than ever before

Start with ten minutes, work up to an hour a day.  Soon, you'll enter prayer continuously, effortlessly.

You learn to pray by praying.  It's not easy at the beginning, as you work to defeat Satan and develop a habit.  Satan, of course, hates when a Christian develops a spiritual habit. The word habit is viral to him.

But soon, you will defeat him, and if you stick with it, your life will resemble Abraham Lincoln's telling quote:

"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go."  Abraham Lincoln

"We learn prayer's deepest depths in prayer, not from books.  We reach prayer's highest heights in prayer, not from sermons.  The only place to learn prayer, is in prayer, bent and broken on our knees." Dick Eastman

Do you still think you don't have time?  Consider this:

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work. Oswald Chambers 

How is it going this week, friends?  Easier than last week?


Sandi said...

Love this. I am writing the Abe Liccoln quote in my journal.

Sandi said...

oh, have you read the book The Praying Life by Paul Miller. SO good. The best prayer book I have read to date.

Christine said...

Thank you for the tip, Sandi! I hadn't heard of that one.