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3 Ways You Can Enhance Your Prayer Life

by Elroy Byam

In Jesus’s name, amen?

During my formative years, I found myself combining several prayers I’d heard many times before. Some were from my father, others from my mother, and the remainders were crumbs from other church members. On any given day, my prayer would sound something like this:

“We thank You once again for spared life . . . we know there are so many issues going on around the world today . . . and keep us, for we cannot keep ourselves . . .”

I’d heard these renditions a thousand times over. In my teenage mind, I thought these prayers made sense—they always seemed to validate the moment. But that was it; after that, life would go on as if nothing happened, and I felt empty.

Now, in my late-20-something-year-old mind, I’ve started to realize the importance of prayer as relational rhetoric rather than rehearsed recitation. Are you feeling like your prayers are mundane? Here are three ways you can spice up your prayer life:

1. Pray from your heart, not your head. Proverbs 21:2 says, “A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart” (NIV).* What’s in your heart that is reflected in your prayer?

2. Seek out a new location. Where do you pray when you begin to get that “rehearsed prayer” feeling? A spontaneous walk outdoors or a silent space can help to change the monotony of someone’s prayer life.

3. Pray during the good times, too. It’s easy to rely on God during the tough times in your life, and then we tend to tuck Him away when things are going well. Praying through the good times as well as the bad articulates to Him our desire for an unconditional relationship.

As Christians, it is important to remember that our prayers are daily conversations with God. Though God knows us inside and out, He desires a more authentic experience—one where we communicate with Him as our Father and our friend. It may seem tough at first, but after a while you’ll begin to see the possibilities.

Many people place prayer requests in a box. Many people place God in one, too.

* Scripture quotations marked NIV are from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. ® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Elroy Byam is a producer for the Hope Channel. He is passionate about taking contemporary Christian ideas from the brain to the broadcast. He enjoys writing, quirky Instagram pics, and outdoor recreation. Elroy is married to his wife, Meika. Accessed on July 13, 2015, from Cross Connection’s November 17, 2014, blog: . Reprinted by permission.

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