As parents and or kids’ ministry volunteers, prayer time should be a huge priority in our life. As a Christian, it should be a huge priority for our life for that matter. When we pray, we should be expectant and know that 1. God hears our prayers, and 2. God will answer our prayer. Below, I will share a word to help increase our strategies to help center and improve our prayer time as parents or leaders in ministry.
S – Set a Specific time to pray. When we do this, it becomes a habit and becomes a routine we will follow. This particular time is different for everyone but should be when you can eliminate distractions, focus on your time with God, and allow you to speak and listen as you pray.
P – Set a specific Place. The word of God tells us to go to the closet and pray. Now I am not saying you need to create an only prayer room, but you need to have a place that you dedicate to meeting at and praying at. This will help us focus our prayer time. This might be the care for the busy mom as you wait in the car lane. This might be the deer stand for dads, but pick a place you have intentionally set up to pray.
E – Exhibit a position of humility. The posture we choose when we pray will help with those mentioned above and put us in place to receive what God has to tell us. Some of us pray sitting down, some pray kneeling, some praying laying down, but pick a position that allows you to focus and be intentional about your time of prayer. This position needs to help us be focused on.
C – Center yourself to be centered with God. So many times, we are distracted and all over the place when we pray. When we center ourselves, we allow ourselves to focus on God and be in a position of intentional conversation with the Lord.
I – Make this time Introspective—a time where you can reflect on how God is working on you. Examine your walk and ask God to change and continue to work on your life. A reflective view takes humility and release of control.
F – Focus on God. When I pray, I have to remove all distractions around me. I am like a squirrel running in the forest. I am all over the place. I have learned to eliminate all distractions. I silence and leave my phone away. I put myself in a position where I can focus on what God has to say. So remember to focus.
I – Intentional prayer helps us to see how God moves. By intentional prayer, I mean keeping track of what you are praying for. A journal is a great tool to see what and how God is moving. I used to forget what I prayed for, who I prayed for, but a journal allows me to look back and see all that God has done through prayer. So be intentional and keep a journal to help keep you focused.
C – Cry out to God. God wants to hear from you. He wants to listen to the depths of your heart, and it is okay to cry out. Let the God of the universe know where you are struggling, where you need Him to lead you.
Prayer is vital as a kid’s pastor, parent, spouse, and a Christian. So, I would encourage you to try out some of these tips to help with your prayer life. God says to call out to Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 reminds us to never stop praying. We see in the bible (1 John 5:14, 1 Chronicles 16:11, Ephesians 6:18, Job 22:27 just to name a few) how vital prayer is, and we should model that. This will come in handy as a parent or leader trying to grow your prayer life. Prayer will increase your walk with Christ and help you become the person God has called you to be. So pray and live a life to honor the King of Kings.
If there is any way I can pray for you, please do not hesitate to reach out and thanks for reading and have a super day.