Short Daily Prayers are an Effective Weapon For Any Christian
Are daily prayers a part of your routine? If it isn't, you are certainly giving the enemy a strong foothold in your life.
If your habits are like my old habits, you woke up, grabbed your cell phone or maybe the remote control, and proceeded to entertain yourself.
Slowly, I have made strides to change that habit. Every morning I make a concerted effort to pray before I grab for my phone or turn on the television.
Even short daily prayers can change the entire course of your day. So why is prayer so important?
Praying Daily For Strength
I often say a daily prayer for strength. I am weak without God. When I first learned to pray to God, I began by praying for strength.
The kind of strength I am referring to has nothing to do with physical ability, though you certainly can pray for that. What I mean is a spiritual strength.
Many of us did not grow up with a strong spiritual background. Even if you grew up going to church, odds are you didn't have a role model who could show you how to conduct spiritual warfare.
To learn more about praying daily for strength, check out Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
Pray Every Day for Health
This is a very good topic to pray for, especially because even if you are healthy, you surely know others who are not.
Praying for the health of others, especially co-workers, friends, or fellow church members is a great way to think of and put others ahead of yourself.
Of course, you should absolutely pray for your own health if you are suffering from any physical, emotional, or mental issue.
Just keep in mind that God knows what is best for us, and he may choose not to heal someone the way we expect in certain situations. The healing may come in very unexpected ways.
Daily Prayers for Peace
I often pray for peace.
Praying for peace does not mean praying for the lack of war, necessarily. As Jesus is the Prince of Peace, we should strive for peace in our personal relationships as well.
It can also mean that you pray for peace between others who may not have friendly relationships. If you have family, friends, or co-workers who are at odds with one another, I encourage you to pray for peace in those relationships.
Praying for Wisdom and Knowledge
Wisdom and knowledge are two of the top attributes I pray for daily. Without these two, I don't know if what I do is right or wrong.
Closely related to these two is discernment. This attribute gives you insight and can guide your decisions about people, situations, and opportunities you have to make decisions about.
It is not uncommon for me to pray for wisdom and knowledge several times throughout the day. They are very beneficial, and God has blessed me with them continuously.
Prayer for God's Will Every Day
Most important is to remember that God's will is always what will be done. That's not to say that everything that happens is His will, but that through everything it will be done.
You have to read and study the Bible to know what God's will is, but when you begin praying it is good to simply pray that His will be done.
Jesus modeled praying for God's will in the Lord's prayer, and until you understand and can discern what His will actually is, a simple prayer for it will do.
Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch in Edmond, Oklahoma said that he has made a habit of praying the promises listed in the Bible back to God. This is not for God's benefit, but a reinforcement to him of what God has promised.
Prayer is for You, Not God
God desires to know you, that is true. He also knows you intimately, probably more accurately than you know yourself.
When you pray every day, you are displaying your faith in God, not his knowledge of you. He already knows you.
The question is do you know Him? Do you believe what Jesus said in the Bible, and does that belief show in the things you do everyday?
Do you do good things to be seen, or because you are influenced by God? He cannot change your heart and mind if you don't spend any time with him.
Jesus warned that many will claim to know Him on the Day of Judgement, but He will say "Away from me, I never knew you" (Matthew 7:21-23).
Daily Prayer App
There are many apps out there both for Apple and Android devices designed to help you pray daily. Personally, I use the YouVersion Bible App by LifeChurch.
It allows you to create your own personal prayers or you can choose one of their pre-made prayer cards to add to your list.
I like to encourage people to download a few though and use them all before choosing which one suits their needs best. Before I started using YouVersion's app, I was using Logos Bible App to log prayers.
The good thing about Logos was that it synced my prayers between my phone, tablet, and computer. The YouVersion Bible App is limited to phone and tablet synchronization as far as I know.
A Call to Daily Prayers
I hope, no, I pray that you will be encouraged by this to begin a daily habit of praying. Eventually you want to be able to pray continually, keeping a constant connection to God.
For now it is enough that you start praying once a day. Morning is the best time I have found to pray if you are going to do it once a day. By starting the day with God, you are more likely to get on track to have a great day.
As time goes on, you may find as I did that you learn to rely on God's help more often throughout the day. With practice, you can become a true prayer warrior, the kind churches rely on to carry the cross for the entire church.