Prayer is one of the hardest Christian disciplines.
Even for mature believers.
I believe it is so hard because our modern culture has greatly diminished the reality of a spiritual realm. The reality of a spiritual realm is saved for sci-fi films and the uneducated in third-world countries; but certainly not for the modern, first-world cultured believer.
Because of this, there is a huge disconnect in our lives between the two realms that are inseparably intertwined with one other.
This can make prayer intimidating for us, as we have trouble relating to a God we can’t see, feel, hear, taste, or touch.
And yet – this invisible realm that often manifests itself in visible ways is as real – and even more so – than this world to which we relate with our 5 senses.
4 Prayer Tips for New Christians
1. Start Small
Don’t set out to pray for an hour….or even a half hour.
If you don’t have an established, consistent prayer time, start off with a goal of just 5 minutes. Then after that, begin to gradually increase your prayer time little by little.
2. Keep a List
It often happens that when a friend is in need, we comment with, “I’m praying!” only to forget to keep our friend in prayer.
I will neither confirm nor deny that this has happened to me.
A great way to remember to pray for our friends’ and family’s needs is to keep a list.
Just buy a simple notebook and track each prayer need, and then when God answers your prayers.
3. Journal Your Prayers
Sometimes we find it easier to communicate our hearts and feelings through writing.
Journaling our prayers take more time, and helps us slow down enough to really dig down deep in our heart and look at ourselves as we truly are; and look at Jesus as He truly is.
Let’s not forget that a conversation goes two ways.
We speak, but we must also listen.
God speaks to us through the Bible, but He also wants to speak to us through prayer. We must always bear in mind, though, that anything we hear in prayer must be confirmed through the Bible
God is not above His word and will never say anything that contradicts what we read in the Bible.
Prayer is an essential disciple for every believer and is a discipline that must be learned.
If you’d like to learn more about prayer, I’d like to invite you to join my Bible study on prayer. In this Bible study, you will learn to how pray easily and boldly.
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.
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