We hear so much about lifestyles today. There are lifestyle magazines, lifestyle TV channels, and now, even lifestyle coaches! But what about prayer as a lifestyle? What if we lived lives characterized by active and continual, verbal communication with the living God? What if in our times of need, our first and most immediate reaction was to pray? What if we depended upon God, from the depths of our hearts, for everything we do?
Prayer isn’t something a person does; it is something we live.
The more we practice prayer the sooner we will find ourselves praying about everything and for everyone. Prayer becomes a lifestyle. In Philippians 3 10-11 (AMPC) the Apostle Paul eloquently expressed his ultimate goal in life.
This has become my goal.
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope].
But at times I tend to miss the calling to prayer from what I do each day. Why is it that I tend to set time only occasions when prayer is a primary focus? Something was askew.
As I looked to the lifestyle of the Lord in prayer I found that he practiced the presence with daily discipline and established a lifestyle of prayer during his years of ministry.
I knew I had to discover how to embed prayer into every part of who I am and in everything that I do. Prayer had to permeate my whole life. This is what have learned so far in establishing a lifestyle of prayer.
My personal tips and experiences in developing prayer as a Lifestyle
- The thing that I love most about developing a lifestyle of prayer is that it is a constant journey and there’s always something new and exciting to learn.
- The more I develop a lifestyle of prayer, the more incredible “coincidences” I see in my life that you know must be God at work. I know from personal experience that no matter what circumstances I am in, God is there.
- Through a lifestyle of prayer and the power of the presence of Jesus it brings, I can handle anything that happens in life.
- A lifestyle of prayer has also helped me dream big dreams and dare to step out in faith, this blog being one of this big dreams I couldn’t possibly do without God’s help. I had many days of struggle and doubt along the way that any of this could be done. Prayer helped me tell God about my fears and worries and then go forward, trusting that He would guide me and provide whatever was needed.
- A lifestyle of prayer develops my personal, intimate relationship with the One to whom I pray. Prayer affords me the opportunity to enjoy intimacy with God.
- God is eager to develop a lifelong partnership with me and will do everything He can to help me develop a lifestyle of prayer.
I have learned that prayer is a lifestyle. My prayer is that as you read this blog your heart will be stirred to develop for yourself, prayer as a lifestyle.