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Can I get an Amen? How to upgrade your prayer life

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Christians often times get put on the spot to pray. It could be at holiday dinners, work, or even a church event. Then prayer anxiety sinks in, and our words seem to escape us. After the ole faithful, I need every head bowed and eyes closed. Here comes the big moment and you hit them with the, “God is great, God is good, let us thank you for our food amen.” It’s a fan favorite but it may be time to upgrade your prayer life.

Get off Script

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans (Romans 8:26.)” 

Talking to God doesn’t have to be a scripted conversation. We aren’t telemarketers. We become so comfortable with the well-rehearsed prayer we learned in vacation bible study that as we mature and get older, we neglect to upgrade our prayers. God accepts improv prayers, go ahead and try it.

The Prayer line isn’t Just A Helpline

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (Psalm 136:1.)”

God has blessed us all in many ways. Too often we pray when in a time of need then forget to express our gratitude. Keep a prayer journal. Document what your daily prayers are, and then look back weeks later and see how God has answered your prayers. You will most likely notice that God has protected you from situations you’ve prayed for, or even given you more than what you asked.

Get Personal

“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24.)”

Those generic prayers aren’t one size fits all. God knows what you are going though so get personal with your prayers. Make it specific to your situation. Pray for you coworker by name, your specific bus route, or your personal health. Do not limit God, pray throughout your day for everything. Have a sincere heart and ask God to make a way.