January 15 – Day 1: Lifestyle of Prayer
Even in our darkest days, prayer is the path to a life in the light. It is our promise to God to fill each day with believing prayer. Jesus lived a life that was intentional and purposeful. Our prayers must do the same.
How do we make prayer a part of our everyday life? We can learn from three things that Jesus did…
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
A CERTAIN TIME
Jesus got up very early in the morning to spend time with his Heavenly Father. In order for prayer to work, we should do the same. Make a daily appointment with God and keep it.
A CERTAIN PLACE
Jesus had a prayer place. Your prayer place needs to be a peaceful and distraction-free environment where you can pray out loud and perhaps have some worship music playing in the background if it helps you focus.
A CERTAIN PLAN
Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes that’s fine. When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, He gave his disciples a prayer outline. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. (We will go through the Lord’s Prayer for the next few days.)
God never intended for us to love anyone or anything more than Him! Spending this time with God is personal and builds a relationship with him. Moments alone with God cause our unsustainable will to melt away while God’s insurmountable joy takes its place. These opportunities should be honest, vulnerable, and believing.
Think About It:
How will you incorporate the principles of Lifestyle Prayer into your prayer life?