In what areas do you feel inadequate in your prayer life?
What benefits have you experienced through your prayer life?
What is the difference between an authentic and inauthentic prayer life?
Receive It. The key to knowing anyone, including God, is a relationship. Because relationships grow through communication, an authentic prayer life is essential to a growing relationship with God. Prayer life is an area in which most people feel as if they fall short. Not being satisfied with our prayer lives can spur us in two directions: We can feel hopeless and retreat from God in defeat (not the preferred response), or we can use the discontentedness to motivate us to seek God, learning more about prayer through trial and experience (definitely the preferred response). Building an authentic prayer life isn’t easy, but these tips can help you get started.
Keep it short and simple. You don’t need to use fancy words or talk for hours. It’s okay to speak conversationally, just as you would talk to someone sitting beside you. Of course, it’s important to revere God, but He knows your heart. God wants your willing heart. As conversations deepen and lengthen with people as you get to know them better, so will your prayers.)
Keep it honest. God knows what’s going on in your heart and mind. He doesn’t need your information; He wants your trust. Share more of your life with God than anyone else in your life.
Keep it private. Praying with others is important, but God also instructs us to pray in secret (Matthew 6:6). Foster a vibrant prayer life between just you and God. The more intimate you are with God, the more time you spend talking to God, the more you’ll listen to His voice.
Live It. Identify how you typically communicate with people. When you have something to share, do you talk in person, text, Facebook, call, or another approach? Use that same approach to share with God anytime you have news, a concern, or question through the day. (You might want to create a series of private notes if social networking is your option, text yourself, or leave yourself a message. It might seem silly at first, but when your perspective changes from simple reflection and venting to sharing with God, you’ll reap rewards of a growing relationship.)