The New Year is the perfect time for resolutions. As we begin a new year, resolve to do the things that will take your life to a new level. One of the most important things you can do every day, besides spending time in the Word of God, is to spend time in prayer developing a personal relationship with God. And the best thing is to start every day with prayer. What better way is there to start your day?
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” -Psalm 5:3
Just like you might have a goal to work out and get in better shape, for goals to be realized they must be achievable. So just as you couldn’t start working out by working out several hours every day, don’t make unrealistic goals with prayer or any spiritual discipline. You might start by regularly praying 5 or 10 minutes every day for several weeks. Then, once you have done that successfully for awhile, you could then double your prayer time to 10 minutes or 20 minutes every day. Then later, you could again increase your daily prayer time to half an hour or an hour every day. The key is to be consistent. Doing the right things consistently is what will forever change your life for the better.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” -Mark 11:24
Prayer works but for prayer to work in your life, you must learn what the Bible says about prayer, and then you must pray accordingly. There is a right way and a wrong way to pray.
Here at Faith Christian Center, we are starting the New Year off with a renewed commitment to focus on the things of God. This includes increasing our commitment to pray every day. Pastor Gene Lingerfelt believes that by living a life of prayer, you can connect to God on a deeper level, and build a relationship with the Lord that will last.
The best way to pray is according to the Word of God and the best thing to pray is by praying God’s Word. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor and theologian during World War 2, taught his students to pray by teaching them to pray the Psalms.
If you will make a commitment to pray and if you will pray daily, along with spending time in God’s Word, your spiritual life will go to a new level in 2019.
These resources on prayer by Dr. Gene Lingerfelt are also available on Amazon.
“A Book of Prayer”
“Prayer and Confession for 2018”