“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!”
John 14:13-14 NLT
I can’t speak for you, but there were plenty of times where I went to pray and had nothing to say beyond, “thank you” and “forgive me of my sins.” Unless, of course, I was running out of money, was scared or asking for God to overlook my lack of responsibility and do something I’ve should’ve done. It’s funny that we don’t have the words to pray unless we’re uncomfortable and it really shouldn’t be that way. I mean, come on, we’re already fighting losing battles, against feeling sleepy, our phone fighting for attention or random thoughts crossing our mind during prayer. Now, I can’t really help you with that, but I can give you a few things to add to your prayer life to inspire a newness in how we perceive it.
- Ask what to Pray for
Prayer is more than checking a task off your to-do list every day and when praying every day, it’s easy to run out of things to say. Especially if you’re just starting out in being consistent. Just know that it’s okay to ask God to give you the things that you should pray about. Prayer isn’t just asking God for things; it’s being intentional in communication with him. Asking him to show you things you should bring to him in prayer, helps to build relationship by encouraging vulnerability and relying on him for guidance about your life.
- Ask to reveal your Default settings
We all have unhealthy behaviors, created or taught, that becomes our go-to in uncomfortable situations. These behaviors have helped us survive a moment or two so, we don’t view them as toxic or a sign of damage. Asking God to help reveal our customized comfort zones, helps us to better ourselves by challenging and changing our own patterns. Plus, it reveals to that we’re ready to grow in God by accepting his view and being willing to abandon ours.
- Remove the filer from your Perception
Our experiences, victories, traumas and environments have a large impact on how we view and consequently, how we handle the world, people and situations. Just like #2, this affects our behavior. How can we change what we’re not aware of? Besides, being aware of our perception of the world won’t change if we don’t see a problem with it. Praying that God corrects any misconceptions in our perception gives us stability in handling the world. It reveals opportunities that we once saw as losses and brings clarity where there was distortion, that we label normal or abnormal.
Adding these 3 elements to prayer, provides introspection and shows the willingness to unlearn and relearn things about ourselves. I consider prayer to be a time of consulting God in preparation for your day, your life, your projects, personal life amongst building your relationship with Him. It’s all about allowing God to get the glory out of your life and trying to align yourself with who he designed you to be. What elements or topics have you included in your prayer life that has helped you? Comment below!