Certain things in life are more important than others. That’s just how it goes. And when we look at our lives, the things we spend the most time doing reveal where our priorities are. Before reading further, what is something you do every day, or almost every day? What takes up most of your time during the week? Obviously work or school fills that spot, but what other than that? Greg Stier wrote: “What dominates your schedule, dominates you.”
Here is one thing that dominated the schedule of Jesus:
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” – Mark 1:35 ESV
It’s a word we hear very often, and something that we always feel like we need to do more of. But just because we feel like we need to do it more doesn’t mean we actually do it.
For Jesus it wasn’t an option. Regardless of busyness, regardless of schedule, regardless of what else needed to be done, you could find Him always praying regularly. He made it a habit and was consistent with it. His number one priority was His relationship with His Heavenly Father, and He revealed that in the consistency of His prayer life.
Here are 3 tips to having a more successful and consistent prayer life:
- Schedule a reminder every day at a certain time
- Time is a valuable asset. Use it well. Schedule this time into your day, every day, and make a point of using the time well. Eliminate as many distractions as possible during this time, which maybe means don’t bring any technology with you, but stick with pen and paper and physical copy of the Bible.
- Have a specific place
- It could be the car, the shower, a closet at home, or at the foot of your bed. Find a place and make it the place where you go to be alone with God. Take a journal and the Bible and be intentional.
- Work around it
- When life gets busy, certain things get dropped or neglected. Fight to keep this a priority and work around it, don’t reschedule or wipe it off the schedule. Don’t compromise it.