Prayer and meditation are powerful practices for deepening our relationship with Jesus. If you’re looking to strengthen your prayer life this month, here are five ways to get started:
Set aside a specific time and place for prayer.
It can be helpful to designate a specific time and place for prayer each day. This could be first thing in the morning, before bed, or any other time that works for you. You might also find it helpful to create a dedicated space for prayer in your home, such as a corner with a comfortable chair or a small altar. I like to wait until everyone else is in bed before I get comfy in my living room chair and pray.
Use a devotional guide or prayer book.
There are countless devotional guides and prayer books available that can provide inspiration and structure for your prayer life. Consider choosing one that speaks to you and using it as a resource for your daily prayer time. I highly recommend the YouVersion Bible app to discover guides and plan.
Incorporate scripture into your prayer time.
Reading and reflecting on scripture is a great way to connect with Jesus and listen for his guidance. You might want to choose a specific passage to meditate on each day, or simply let the Holy Spirit lead you as you read through the Bible. You can find how I do this as I pray through the Psalms.
Experiment with different forms of prayer.
There are many different types of prayer, from verbal prayers to silent meditation to praying through art or music. Try out different forms and see what resonates with you.
Pray with others.
Praying with others can be a powerful way to connect with Jesus and support one another in your faith journey. Consider joining a prayer group or finding an online prayer partner to pray with regularly.
Remember, the most important thing is to be open and receptive to the Holy Spirit as you pray. Trust in God’s guidance and grace as you seek to deepen your relationship with the Divine through prayer and meditation.