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  Week 1 - PRAYER  
 
  Day 5 : Make Time For Prayer  
 
 

Psalm 5:3
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

It takes time to communicate, whether with friends at church or at campus.

There's no way around it! Considering everything else you need to do today, it will probably seem like a sacrifice at first to take a few minutes with the Lord before your day begins.

It may also seem awkward to stop other things for a later time to talk with the Lord now. It's a mistake, though, to look at time spent in prayer as time that could have been better used to get things done, because as busy as you may be, if you take time to pray, you'll be able to get a lot more done than you ever would otherwise. It's an investment, but once you start reaping the benefits, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

Make a conscious effort. Like any new habit, this will take conscious effort over a period of time. You have to really work at it at first. It usually involves a lot of forgetting and some remembering, but in time you'll find you're remembering to pray more and more, and forgetting less.

Make it a priority. You always have time for the things you consider most important.

Set aside specific times for prayer in your daily routine.

Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

If you wait till everything else is taken care of, it will never happen. If you find that one time of day doesn't work well for you, try another. Find a time and place where you can get quiet, and where other things going on around you won't distract you.

Set attainable goals for yourself °V try at least twenty minutes once a day to start, and then try to up it to twice a day or more. Prayers don't need to be long. When Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, the model prayer He taught them - known as the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6)

Count the number of words in the prayer taught by Jesus. How long did it take to pray that? It's not how long you pray that counts, but how much you believe, how earnest and sincere you are when you pray.

Take advantage of spare moments during the day for short prayers. You can do it during a coffee break, when stuck in traffic, while waiting for an appointment, while cooking, while taking a shower, while waiting for sleep, while walking the dog - almost any time, really. Just focus your thoughts on the Lord and let Him refresh you and give you strength and inspiration to carry on.

Even after you get in the habit of praying while you're doing other things, you still need quiet times when you can give your full attention to the Lord and what He has to say to you.

If you miss the appointed time one day, don't give up! Try again the next day.

Challenge

  • Fix a time for prayer every day. Put this in your calendar and keep a prayer alarm on your smart phone. Whenever your prayer alarm rings; pray.
  • Take a day out for prayer. Create special memories of quiet times.
  • Find a special place for prayers. (When I lived in a small town called Vasai while I was in the full-time ministry; I use to go to Vasai fort to spend time with God. It was an amazing experience that cannot be forgotten. I have heard of some brothers going to graveyard to pray (Please do not attempt any of these suggestions without seeking advice).