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Living a Lifestyle of Prayer, Part 4: Connecting with God Throughout the Day

If you haven’t read Part 1-3, don’t miss out.

Living a lifestyle of prayer is cultivated through spending undistracted time alone with God each day. It also means continuing to fellowship with Him throughout our day. We can keep abiding in Christ throughout the day, abiding in His love.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4 (NKJV)

How can we walk this out?

It’s as simply as turning your thoughts and heart to God for 3-5 seconds at various times throughout the day. This could be at the top of each hour, on daily breaks at work or school, or when switching between tasks. These seemingly tiny moments throughout each day can help us build our connection with God on even the busiest days.

The psalmist expressed, “Seven times a day and all day long do I praise You because of Your righteous decrees” (Psalm 119:164 AMPC).

Tip: Set daily reminders on your phone to “connect up with God” to get a jump start on this practice.

Every moment can become an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus if we use it. We can take short moments to give praise, thanks and prayer to the Lord throughout our days.

As we stay faithful to engage with God in this way, talking to Him daily will become our new normal. Read on for ideas for what to do when connecting with God in these short moments.

Practical Ideas for Quick Connection Moments with God

1. Express thanks or love to God.

Example: “Thank You for revealing Your kindness to me” or “I love Your ways of kindness in how You correct me.” You can say this to God in your mind/heart if other people are nearby.

2. Pray for yourself.

Example: “God, help me follow Your Spirit’s leadership today” or “Father, show me more about Your love for me.”

3. Pray for someone else.

Example: “Father, our manager seems to be having a stressful day. Release Your strength and peace to him. Reveal Your joy to him despite any challenges before him.”

4. Speak, pray and meditate on a Scripture verse.

Walk It Out: Make note of a Scripture in your quiet time, or from a song or sermon you’ve heard. Ponder (meditate) on the words or theme, talking to God about it. Paraphrase it into your own words and think of other related verses. Pray it over yourself. Pray it for someone else or share it with them as an encouragement via text, email or in person.

5. Make use of waiting and travel time.

Walk It Out: On your commute, sing or pray to the Lord (when you can do so without being distracted if you are the driver). If you are using public transportation, listen to teachings or other messages through headphones.

6. Pray for the people around you or connected to items near you. Pray for those who will purchase goods or services offered at your business.

Walk It Out: Pray silently for those around you as you wait in long lines. Pray for product manufacturers, farmers, transport drivers, those mentioned in the magazines (no need to read them, God knows who they are!)

You could pray something like this: Father, bless each person here–customer and employee alike–with a heart to know You. Let all who take part in this business know they matter to You. Release dreams, divine appointments and encounters with You to those who need relationship with Jesus, that they might come to know Your love and truth.

The Lord loves to fellowship with us in our daily quiet time and to be involved in our day. Enter more deeply into the journey of walking and talking with Him as much as you can. Keep turning your attention to Jesus, pressing through distractions and the mundane day-to-day. He loves to do life with you, beloved!

Living a Lifestyle of Prayer, Part 3: Connecting with God in Prayer

If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.

Below are ways we can connect with the Lord in prayer as we seek to grow in intimacy with Him. These include devotional prayer, intercessory prayer, pray-reading God’s Word, and praying in the Spirit. Each has its place in living a lifestyle of prayer.

1. Devotional Prayer

Devotional prayer focuses on our own spiritual growth, needs and refreshing. In simplest terms, it is engaging God in conversation about our relationship with Him and growing in Christlike character and actions. Continue reading

Prayer Is Our Foundation

Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to teach at our house of prayer. I shared on the importance of prayer as our foundation.

Below are a few excerpts from this teaching. I know these will bless and benefit you as well. Also, you can download my full teaching notes here.

1. God has specifically called His house a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7).

The Lord has not primarily named His house a house of evangelism, service, missions or healing. He called us His house of prayer first and foremost because prayer must under gird all we do for God’s Kingdom. Continue reading

Important Keys to Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory prayer is when we pray for other people, ourselves, or situations. We stand in the gap for a person’s salvation, for a nation, or for God’s redemptive purpose to be known concerning an issue facing the Body of Christ or the world. Most simply, intercession is when we declare what God tells us to declare, and pray for what God leads us to pray as we seek His heart and truth concerning His purposes.

God’s Kingdom is founded upon us asking Him in prayer. God could do all without our help, but He desires partnership with us through intimacy. Think of your spouse or best friend. You want to do things together because you love one another and enjoy doing life together. It is the same with God, and this is part of why we were created for companionship.

One important key in intercessory prayer is that we pray in agreement with God’s Word. It is essential that we pray in alignment with His will, and when we pray in agreement with His Word, we know He hears us.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

We can ask the Lord to bring Scripture verses to mind to pray in your times of intercession. We simply take these verses and turn them into a prayer as we stand in the gap for a person or topic. One way to do this, for example, is with Ephesians 1:17-18. One might pray these verses in this way:

Father God, give _________ the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that they would grow in knowing Jesus intimately. Give them understanding and open the eyes of their heart. Flood them with Your light that they would know the hope of Your calling in their life.

We can also pray effectively by using the prayers recorded in the Word expressed through Jesus and the apostles. Just as these prayers were fruitful during the time of the early Church, they still remain applicable today. Download a PDF of Prayers from the New Testament.

God may also allow you to feel His heart by bringing an emotion to the forefront, such as compassion. Ask Him to give you understanding on why you are feeling this and how to pray. Furthermore, when we do not know how to pray, it is best to simply ask God to do His perfect will.

A second key is to focus on the positive as we pray, that is, praying God’s redemptive purposes instead of focusing on what the enemy is doing. For example, instead of praying against deceit and dishonesty, pray for God to release conviction and truth by His Holy Spirit, flooding the person with His love so they instead choose to speak and act in godly ways.

Focusing on the negative aspects of a prayer burden has caused many an intercessor to become depressed and burdened down, instead of filled with the joy of the Lord. Remember, His joy is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). When we focus on God’s power and redemption in a situation versus the enemy’s actions, we are encouraged and strengthened in our faith as we pray.

A final key to intercession is to make sure we are actually praying. At times I have found myself venting or worrying over something instead of truly praying. Moreover, I recall an instructor sharing about when they were growing in prayer, they realized they were “preaching” to God on the microphone instead of actually praying during a corporate prayer gathering. He shared this experience with much humor. :)

These keys are by no means an exhaustive list, but I pray they help stir up your passion for Jesus’ heart in intercessory prayer. When God brings a person, issue or Scripture to mind (or someone asks us to pray), be sure to actually pray by asking the Lord to do what is on His heart.

To summarize, the most important aspect of intercessory prayer is asking God to do what He has shown us He desires to do, whether through His Holy Spirit or as already revealed in His Word.

Praying for People to Return to the Lord (Joel 2:12-14)

I thought you’d like to see what I’ve been up to—in video!

We recently joined together to worship Jesus and pray for our nation at The Fig Tree, a prayer room where I serve.

I sang in prayer from the Word of God from Joel 2:12-14 (NKJV):

“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.
Who knows if He will turn and relent,
And leave a blessing behind Him—
A grain offering and a drink offering
For the Lord your God?

Join us in praying for all to return their hearts and lives to the Lord. He so longs for each one!


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