As Christians, our spiritual growth is founded on a powerful prayer life.
By learning to pray powerfully, we are able to maintain deep communication with God. Through daily Bible reading and powerful prayers, God reveals His specific plans for our lives and allows us to have intimate fellowship with Him!
Want to live with purpose and without any regrets? Want to be the change in this world (instead of being changed by the world)?
And most of all, do you want to grow closer to God and know His will for your life?
It all starts with a vibrant, powerful prayer life. Here’s what I’ve learned about how to develop a powerful prayer life that brings healing, hope and blessing.
The Bible is clear that we–mere mortals!–have the power to shape destinies and move mountains on behalf of our loved ones (James 5:16) through humble, heartfelt connection with God through prayer.
Next to salvation itself, prayer is one of the best gifts God gave his children!
Why Prayer Is a Problem for So Many
But here’s the problem: Prayer is a gift that so many of us never ever open. Why?
- We’re scared of it because we don’t quite understand it.
- We’re confused about what prayer is, and what it isn’t.
- We’ve tried praying before but became quickly frustrated when our “way” wasn’t happening.
- Or, we believe in the power of prayer, but we find ourselves too busy make prayer a priority.
However, as moms and women of God in a world quickly going down the tubes, we no longer have the luxury of not fighting for ourselves, our families and our nation through prayer.
We simply must be praying. Regularly.
I want to empower you with 23 tips to help you grab hold of this amazing gift that God wants to give you and your family.
In this post, I want to share:
- 9 important truths about prayer
- 2 things your prayer life must have
- What to do when you feel like you don’t have time to pray
- 6 incredible prayer resources that give specific plans on how to pray for our husband and/or kids
- How to create a “prayer room” (also known as a a “war room”)
- 6 ways busy moms can have a powerful prayer life
We really can have a stronger prayer life–even in the midst of this chaotic, already-too-busy young family stage.
9 Important Truths About Prayer
Before we dig into how to build a strong prayer life, let’s talk about 9 truths that highlight why prayer can change everything–for ourselves and our families.
- Prayer is simply communication–a conversation–between us and God.
- Prayer is accessible to any one at any time;
- Prayer allows us to connect deeply with God about any subject;
- Prayer is how God tells us to let go of our fears and pent up emotions;
- Prayer allows us to fight for the truth and to claim it for a specific situation;
- Prayer gives us the opportunity to support our friends and family behind the scenes as we lift every corner of their lives up to His guidance;
- Prayer teaches us to wait expectantly, knowing that He will answer (yes, no or wait) and that it will be for our best;
- Prayer helps us to be content with His best answer (based on His omnipotence) instead of demanding our own (based on our shortsightedness);
- Prayer changes not only the person we’re praying for, but prayer changes us–regardless of what the answer to the prayer is.
2 Things Your Prayer Life Must Have
First, prayer is first founded on a living relationship with Christ.
God says that we’re all separated from Him without Christ’s redemption (Romans 3:23).
So if we want to access the power of prayer, we first need to be in right standing with God (which we can never do enough to earn and only comes through God’s grace-filled gift of salvation through Jesus) (Ephesians 2:5-8).
If we’re not in a committed relationship with Jesus and praying with God’s will in mind for the situation, then our words are empty and powerless.
But the good news is that God wants to have a relationship with you! He wants to show you how to communicate with Him every day through His word and through prayer, and He bring purpose, meaning and hope into your life. Discover more here about how you can have a relationship with God.
There’s a reason why Jesus’ model for prayer starts with, “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
We need to be in one accord with Him–accepting whatever He chooses to give us as the best answer to our situation–before we enter the heart of prayer.
Second, a passion for prayer must flow through our hearts like wildfire.
We must pray regularly, with an open heart, and with a conviction that our prayers are making a difference.
James 5:16 may be a familiar verse: “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
But do we believe that–deep down in our souls? Have we allowed that truth to fire us up to the vibrant prayer life we long for?
The good news is that you don’t need to worry about “mustering up” all that the passion if it’s not there now.
You simply need to have a heart that’s willing to learn. A heart that says, “I know you’re calling me to this, and so I know you’ll teach me how to do this.”
Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer is one of the best books I’ve found on igniting that passion to prayer.
The book details how prayer is our most powerful weapon against the enemy’s plans to hurt us, and how we need to understand those strategies–and she lists 10 common ones for women–so that we can begin strategically and powerfully praying for our families.
If you’re serious about developing a heart committed to prayer, I’d highly recommend Fervent!
But I Have No Time for Prayer!
Right. I totally understand. Even if you totally on board with having a stronger prayer life, you’re already feeling overextended.
You feel like if you have to fit in one more thing you’re simply going to explode.
Can I lighten your load here? We don’t need to try to “fit” prayer into our lives. We just need to adjust a few things.
Let me show you exactly how I make fervent prayer part into my crazy mom life (which is probably a lot like yours) as part of my daily quiet time with God.
A powerful prayer life is not as complicated or all-consuming as it sounds.
6 Ways Busy Moms Can Have a Powerful Prayer Life
1) Make a plan.
Here are some great books for developing prayer lists for the ones you love:
2) Pick a consistent time.
Like the main character in the movie War Room (another great prayer resource I’d recommend!), I’ve set up an area in my bedroom closet where I go to pray every morning. I have a list of prayers I go through, plus what ever is on my mind.
See inside my “war room” in this video (subscribe).
And that’s because I’ve made going to my prayer closet part of my weekday morning routine. Right now, it’s just something I do for 5-10 minutes right after I’ve showered.
3) Have a prayerful attitude throughout the day.
Prayer isn’t limited to a fixed time at a certain point in the day, however. I find myself often continuing my prayer conversations with God throughout the day.
I think of it as a blanket I try to keep over my mind as I encounter different issues, for example:
- When anger threatens my heart;
- When my husband acts differently than I’d expected; or
- When I’m tempted to depression or to lose my joy.
Keep the conversation with God going in your mind. And He will be there with you to answer!
4) Keep sharing all your heart (not just rote prayers).
Be careful to not fall into the habit of praying empty words or phrases that have little meaning or depth. Sometimes we get into these habits because we’ve “always said those things” or we hear others saying them.
Remember, you’re in a conversation, so say what you would in conversation! When things aren’t flowing and I feel like I need to know what to say, I try to follow the ACTS acronym: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
5) Keep listening for answers.
Prayer is a two-way conversation. Although I have never heard the audible voice of God, He will often place certain scriptures in my mind that will give me guidance or assurance while I’m praying.
However, if we’re just there to present our “requests” and to leave, it’s easy to miss His side of the conversation.
Don’t be afraid to linger. To look through the Bible as you’re praying. To have a journal nearby so that you can not only write down your prayers but write down the phrases/scriptures He will bring to your heart if you can quiet yourself enough to listen to the Holy Spirit.
This is one of the best parts of prayer!
6) Keep asking and keep searching for resolution.
Don’t give up! I love the acronym “PUSH”–Pray Until Something Happens.
No matter how long we pray or what we learn about prayer, there will always be a great mystery to it.
And honestly, it’s a great thing that’s prayer cannot be fully understood because that means that it’s not something we can manipulate and control as humans.
It’s a God-based endeavor, and thus, we can’t ever fully understand it!
A Call to Make Prayer Your Passion Too
If we want to live on purpose for God and want to raise children who will change the world, we absolutely have to make powerful, passionate prayer a priority.
If we see don’t harness this power as a mom, we will miss prayer’s greatest treasures–not just answered prayer itself, but the amazing process of connecting with God and growing to trust Him by daily lifting our concerns to Him.
It is possible to have a powerful prayer life–even in the busiest seasons!
Right now, I encourage you to discover what keeps you from prayer… and begin walking a new direction toward the vibrant prayer life He wants all of us to have!
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