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My All-Time Favorite Tip on How to Have a Consistent Prayer Life

By: Kristen Clark

Girl 1: “Hey girl, I’m going through a really hard time right now.”

Girl 2: “Oh, really? I’m so sorry. What’s going on?”

Girl 1: “Well…I’m just really struggling with some worry and fear in my life. I don’t know what to do.”

Girl 2: “Oh man…that sounds really hard. I’ll definitely be praying for you.

Girl 1: “Thank you so much. I need it.”

Several weeks go by and Girl 2 has never prayed for Girl 1 even a single time. She meant to. She wanted to. She intended to. But it just slipped her mind. She completely forgot about her promise.

Have you ever told someone you would pray for them, but then completely forgot to follow through?

I’ll be the first to say I’ve done this on more occasions than I’d like to admit. I wanted to. I intended to. But I just forgot. I never wrote it down, and I never remembered.

Up until a few years ago my prayer life was okay. It was there, but I wasn’t very good about praying for others consistently. I wasn’t very good about the follow through.

It wasn’t until I learned this one essential tip that my prayer life gained some major traction. In fact, my amazing husband, Zack, is the person who introduced me to this way of praying.

In the past, I would sit down to pray and try really hard to stay focused.

That was struggle number one. Focusing. Then, I would simply pray for whatever popped into my head. That was struggle number two. Lack of organization. I wasn’t organized, so my thoughts were totally scattered.

That style of praying didn’t work well for me. I needed structure.

That’s where my husband’s idea comes in. He taught me my all-time favorite tip on how to pray consistently.

Rather than praying for random things every day, I now use the calendar app on my phone to organize my prayers.

I actually schedule out my prayers! Genius. I type in the different names of family members, friends, and other topics for each day of the week, then set them to repeat.

For example, my calendar looks something like this…

Monday:

  • Offer praises to God
  • Confess my sins
  • Pray for Zack
  • Pray for Bethany
  • Pray for Chelsea (friend)
  • Pray for the Government
  • Pray to end of abortion in our Nation
  • Pray for the GirlDefined Ministry
  • Pray for friend to heal from sickness

Tuesday:

  • Praises to God
  • Confess my sins
  • Pray for Zack (I pray for him every day)
  • Pray for Dad
  • Pray for Mom
  • Pray for my pastor
  • Pray for church missionaries
  • Pray for friend’s upcoming wedding

Do you get the idea? Instead of trying to pray for everyone and everything in one single day, I divide my prayers up to fill the entire week (with the exception of the things I pray about every day).

This tip has been SO helpful to me because I don’t miss anyone or forget to pray about something.

If I tell someone I’m going to pray for them, I immediately write it down on my calendar. Or, I’ll stop and pray for them right then.

Praying this way has helped my mind stay focused and my prayers more direct. I am the type of person who does so much better if my thoughts are organized and written down.

Due to praying this way, my prayer life has been much richer and more consistent than ever before. I also try to begin my prayer time each day by asking God to help me stay focused.

If you’re not sure what to pray for, simply begin by praising God for the blessings in your life.

Then move on to confessing any sins that come to your mind. It’s important that we confess our sins to God or our fellowship with Him will be hindered.

God says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Prayer is an amazing and powerful tool that God has given us to communicate directly with Himself. Isn’t that incredible? The God of the universe desires to hear our prayers and deepest thoughts.

If you don’t have a consistent prayer life, I challenge you to make this a huge priority.

Just like any other relationship, your relationship with God cannot grow any deeper if you don’t talk to Him on a regular basis.

If you’re struggling to stay focused, try getting organized like I did. Write your prayers down (on your phone calendar app or even on 3X5 cards), and rotate them each day. Organizing my prayer life has been extremely helpful for me and I’m sure it will be for you too.

Also, check out my recent post called 3 Quick Tips to Instantly Improve Your Personal Devotions for overall help on how to improve your quiet time.

How about you?

How would you describe your prayer life right now? What tips can you share that help you stay focused and organized? Share with me below!

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  • Lizzy

    I usually pray for things that randomly pop into my mind or for myself. I never really think about praying for others like my parents, siblings, or friends. Thanks for the tip, I’m definitely going to do this!

  • Diana Kopytyuk

    I feel that in today’s world, we as young people don’t realize how important prayer is! I think that is a topic that needs to be addressed. I used to read God’s word everyday in the morning, but never pray. I just prayed with my family, as we usually do before bed. I really didn’t understand that prayer is also an essential part of getting closer to God and having a strong and deep relationship with Hilm. Luckily, I repented and started a true, two-way relationship with Him, where He speaks to me through His word and I speak to Him through prayer. Thank you for this post, I will try this new idea on how to pray. Please consider writing on the importance of prayer, maybe a lot of gals are struggling like I have!

  • Elizabeth Williams

    I’ve heard of people doing this, and it sounds like a great idea, but I would be afraid it would make my prayer life feel too routine? I don’t know. And I wouldn’t want to only pray for a certain person only once a week. But this is something I will think about!

  • Silvana Rêgo

    Great article! I have always struggled with that, too! Btw, what’s tge name of the app?

  • A.A.

    That is such a great idea that I’m going to do that right now! I always have my phone and using it to glorify God is what I want to use it for. Another thing you can use your phone for is memorizing verses. So first you pick a verse and type it into your notes in your phone. Then set some kind of reminder of alarm to go off five times throughout the day. I use the built in reminders app in my phone. Then when you get the notification you recite the verse. It only takes five days of doing this to completely memorize a verse. You can even do multiple verses at a time. I’ve already memorized 6 verses this way! I hope this will help some other people to memorize God’s word. Btw, since I’ve memorized those God has given me situations to use those verses in. It’s amazing 🙂

  • Anna

    If we organize prayer in such a methodical way, aren’t we then stripping away this function from the Holy Spirit in us? Isn’t He supposed to guide us in prayer, among other things?

  • SavedbyGrace

    Oh MY WORD!!! It’s like you know exactly what I have been struggling with lately:)!!! I actually was finding it very hard to stay focused the other day while praying, as I do pretty much all the time:) And I got this idea of “I’d know specifically what to pray for if I had it all written down!” Bunny trail:) I find that all of my words make sense when they are written down. It’s all overwhelming when I just spill it out when talking:) SO I wrote down who and what I needed to pray for. And I felt like I had actually accomplished something when I prayed:) So, this post as you already know, was a HUGE encouragement to me! And brought a lot of confirmation to as of what I had already thought I needed to do in this area of my life:) So thank you again for being such a wonderful testimony for the Lord and for writing these posts that are very helpful!

  • Belle

    Another prayer tip I do is that I write Bible verses and prayers on 3×5 note cards tape them on my (prayer/ clothes) colset door so when I change my clothes or just in there for something I see it there and that’s really good for memorization or if u take 7 of these cards and put the days of the week on them u can just read one everyday and change these every month

  • Elaine

    awsome idea! ddefinatly going to do that right now!

  • Omle Uche

    Thank you for this post. I was led to pray for the people in my life, and so to make it easier i write their names on small prayer name cards i make from plain sheets. Each day, i try to pick at least 6 cards to pray for the people on it. It’s not easy, but seeing now how you have scheduled your prayers for everyone you know, it really motivates me. Thank you for letting God use you to bless so many this way.

  • Luiza

    Hi Girls! This is an amazing article. Kristen, what app do you use? God bless you girls!

  • Lizzy

    I tried this the other day… and it helped. I mean it really helped. Whenever I’ve prayed, I’ve never felt like God has heard me. But after making a list, and praying really hard I just… felt good. I can’t really describe it, but I felt more peaceful and happier. It was like a weight had been lifted.
    My relationship with God is weak, probably even non-existent, but this, I hope, is a start.

  • bear_:)

    Hey there! There’s actually a really neat app called ‘Echo’ that helps organize your prayers! I’ve used it for a year now and it’s been really cool to see God use this in my life. It also reminds you to pray, shuffles your prayers, lets you record details and answers to the prayers and actually walks you through a time of prayer. Using this app (and going back to see answered prayers:) has shown me the power of talking to God. God is faithful … Prayer is POWERFUL… It’s REAL… And it WORKS. So let’s use it 🙂

  • thehappygirl

    I’ve been Girl #2 so many times… But that’s really cool Kristen! I find that I’m either distracted or just praying out of routine. I have a lot to pray for, so breaking it down would ensure that a) I don’t forget anything and b) I’m not just praying out of habit and quickly running down a mental list. I think it will really help my prayers be more heartfelt and meaningful.

  • Lainey

    Awesome!! I’m definitely going to have to do this! 😀

  • Gracey V

    Love this so so much! 🙂 definitely trying this


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