I have received so many messages about my mini goal project I’m doing this year. (Which I appreciate – I love hearing back from you!) Small steps and areas of focus seem to resonate with a lot of you!
This month, in honor of National Day of Prayer (May 4), I decided to focus on an area of my life that I know is vital to my ability to thrive in life, and yet always seems to be a struggle for me.
That area is my prayer life, and this month’s goals are intended to establish habits that will deepen my prayer life and strengthen my connection with my family and my Lord.
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3 Goals for a Deeper Prayer Life
Engage in a focused prayer time every day
I was originally going to set a goal to pray for a certain amount of time every day, but as with my March reading goals, I decided to focus on quality, not quantity. I didn’t want this to be about checking an item off my to-do list, or meeting a quota. I just want to be intentional about having a time of prayer every day, whether that was 5 minutes or 50 minutes. I want to establish a habit of starting the day by dedicating it to the Lord, thanking Him for His blessings, and handing off my cares and concerns.
Keep a prayer journal
I have done this off and on for many years, but have never been very consistent about it for long. I was very diligent about it a year or so ago … but then I ran out of room in my notebook! Having to start a new notebook disrupted my habit for a couple days, and that was enough to derail me from the discipline. I know it was enormously beneficial for my prayer life when I did it, so this month one of my goals is to start (and keep!) a new prayer journal.
Pray daily with my husband
I’ve read a lot of marriage books and listened to a lot of marriage speakers. One thing many of them agree on is the importance of praying together with your spouse. We have heard this time and time again, and yet we struggle to consistently establish it as a routine activity. I want this month to be the month we finally commit to it!
Along with these three goals, I also want to focus on retraining myself to pray throughout my day. Not just during my set time in the morning. Not just a cursory prayer and meal times and bedtimes. And not just when serious situations arise.
No, I want to do more than that. I want to get in the habit of inviting God into the details of my day. Of traveling alongside him. Of going about my activities and fulfilling my duties hand in hand with my Father.
Whenever I have a care, concern, or worry throughout my day, I will stop to pray about it. As I drive to this activity or that errand, I will talk to Jesus, dedicating it and praying over it. When I’m at home, I will pause to thank God for my family, my home, and the many blessings in our lives. I will take everything, whether big or small, to my Heavenly Father, and keep a running conversation with Him, sometimes silently, but sometimes aloud to set an example for my children. This is the kind of prayer life I desire – one based on relationship and communion, not crisis and duty.
Do you have a thriving prayer life? Is it everything you want it to be? Or, like me, do you long for something deeper?
If you realize you’re only standing on the tip of the iceberg, won’t you consider joining me in these goals for a deeper prayer life? They don’t even have to be these particular goals. They could be anything that you know you could do to grow and establish the discipline of prayer in your life.
Think about where you are and where you would like to be, then write down a few goals! After you’re done, consider sharing them in the comments below, and we can do it together!
My Favorite Books for a Stronger Prayer Life
- Fervent – Priscilla Shirer
- Secrets to Powerful Prayer – Lynne Hammond & Patsy Cameneti
- Power of a Praying Wife – Stormie Omartian
- Power of a Praying Mom – Stormie Omartian
- Prayers That Avail Much – Germaine Copeland
- The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Greatest Dreams and Biggest Fears – Mark Batterson
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