This week, I decided I need to simplify my prayer life. I am saying goodbye to guilt and giving myself a break. I know the battle is won on my knees, but if I am snoring as I pick up my sword that is not very effective.
I am not a morning person. Long interludes of intercessory prayer before dawn are ineffective for a night owl. God and I do business better after 10 AM when I am fully alert.
Honestly, my most fervent and faith-filled prayers are often put together on the fly. God doesn’t care how many sentences I say or how long the prayer is. He is listening for the longing in my heart.
Sometimes the most authentic prayer I speak audibly is when I whimper, “Jesus, help me.” When I am overwhelmed, the Spirit fills in the gaps while I groan.
Just a year and a half ago, I stood in a hospital hallway groveling while the doctors and nurses worked on my husband, and all I could do was look up to the heavens and cry out one word:
A one-word prayer from a sincere heart sounds an alarm in God’s throne room.
Maybe like me you’ve gotten into a bit of a prayer rut and you’d like to sizzle up your prayer life and see God show up in spectacular fashion. Well, I’ve got good news for you: You can stop trying so hard to be Mother Teresa on your knees and put down your 5-page prayer list.
Sizzle up your prayer life by simply saying, “I surrender all.”
6 Simple Prayers to Sizzle Up a Stagnant Prayer Life
Open my eyes.
God will flood our hearts with light and love as we lift our eyes and fully focus on Him.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.” (Psalm 119:18, NIV)
Scrub me clean.
God will remove all the gunk that is clogging up our spiritual arteries and wash us squeaky clean. Just look up and say, “Pretty please, Lord.”
“Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:13-14, NLT)
Make a fresh start in me.
Every morning is fresh with promise if we press in to our Promise Keeper. He’s the God of do-overs and second chances.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10, NIV)
Let me see the dazzling light of your presence.
In the quiet of your heart, tell God, “I want more of You and nothing else.” He will respond with love and radiate His warmth in our lukewarm hearts.
“…Please, show me Your glory!” (Exodus 33:18, NIV)
I will go wherever you send me.
We are not called to be bench warmers. To see God at work, we must be willing to walk out our witness.
“Here am I. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
May your word to me be fulfilled.
Keep the faith and trust that God is faithful to keep His promises. Even if life is messy, look forward with hope and know our miracle is coming.
“I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your word.” (Luke 1:38, ESV)
Praying one simple sentence for a solid week can sizzle up your prayer life. Which of these sentences sparked a flame in your heart as your read it? Write it down and start your day for the next seven days saying this one prayer to your Savior. To help you out, I’ve created a one-page printable of each prayer for you along with a “Fuel Your Faith” Worksheet” for Psalm 19:14. Subscribe to the blog and grab a copy in our Faith Fuel Library.
Simplifying our prayers will open our eyes to God’s wonder at work in a fresh way.
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