How do you make the switch?
I want to put this into practice and give you some suggestions to help you make this transformation in your prayer life. For this to work you need to ask yourself some tough questions, but make sure you provide honest answers. Here are a few to get you started.
Do you only pray when you need something?
Do you like to pray too?
Do you spend most of your time in prayer asking God for things?
Do you ever spend time in worship before praying?
If you want to change your prayer life, honesty about questions like these and others is the beginning. Additionally, here are three other things that I want to encourage you to do.
1 – Be patient – Remember, it’s not a drive-through, it’s fine dining. Allow enough time that you don’t have to rush it. I’m not going to tell you how much time you have, but whatever you think will be enough, add ten minutes. It’s okay if you don’t use everything but have it available.
2- Be praised – In my opinion, prayer is best started with praise and worship. The Bible says that God dwells in the praise of his people (Psalm 22: 3), which literally means that he settles in the praise of his people. If your desire is to enter God’s presence, praise and worship will get you there.
3 – Be present – By that I mean removing all distractions. You may need to turn off your phone or leave it in another room. You may need to leave the house or get up early when everyone is asleep. Whatever you need to do, you want to be fully present because you appreciate God’s presence and the time you will spend with Him.
I know there are many things God has for you and many blessings He wants you to be. The greatest blessing, however, is God Himself. Don’t take this for granted. His heart is to be with you and it meant so much to him that he sent Jesus to die on the cross to make this possible. God desires a relationship with you more than anything, and when you understand this simple truth, it will transform your prayer life.
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