7 Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

It happens to the best of us.  We are in love with God, but the busy schedules we set for ourselves intrude.  The next thing we know, it has been weeks since we sat down to pray.  Time has the ability to slip away from us.  Here are seven ways to improve your prayer life over the next week.

Day 1

tablet, technology

Put down the technology.  I am a techno-junkie to end all techno-junkies.  I usually have my iPhone, iPad, and laptop all within arm’s reach at any given moment.  I work online, socialize online, shop online, and learn online.  And there are positives to that.  But it also means I’m dividing my time and attention 10 different ways at once.  And recently, it has become clear that multi-tasking does not help us at all.  This means putting aside the tablet, and sitting at the table of our Father in Heaven, if we really want to improve our prayer life.  Challenge yourself on day 1 to find a quiet place far from any technology to spend a little time praying.  At first, your information addicted brain may get a little bored, but let the quiet was over your soul.  And let God speak right to your heart.

Day 2

TIME

Get rid of the clock.  We live by our clocks and watches.  Every second of every day seems, sometimes, to be scheduled.  And having your time organized and allotted can be good.  But, not for your prayer life.  Rather than sitting through your prayer time glancing at your watch every 5 seconds, go in with mindset that you’ll stay without a thought to time.  Move your focus from how long this will take, to how much God you really want.

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Weekly Goals

I think this week went pretty well on my goals.

My goals last week:

Sprirtual

1. Spend time with God first thing every morning. 

Marriage

2. Stay in date night with my husband.

Writing

3.  Write 500 more words for novel.  (This did not happen, again.)

Cleaning

4.  Dust.

5.  Clean bathroom sink & mirror.

Personal

8. Take a bubble bath.  (Didn’t happen)

Knitting

8.  Work on David’s sweater

And this week’s goals:

Sprirtual

1. Spend time with God first thing every morning.

Marriage

2.  A nice dinner together

Writing

3.  Get at least 4 posts ahead for my blog.

Cleaning

4. Mop kitchen & bathroom

5. Do a load of laundry

Personal

6. Take a relaxing bath.

Knitting

7.  Work on David’s sweater.

So far I’m doing OK on recording our purchases.  There are sometimes that I don’t write it down right away but I can keeping on top of it.

Weekly Goals

Last week did not go so well on accomplishing goals.  I have to admit that I have been reading Money Saving Mom’s current series called 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, but obviously not every single thing I have read has actually stayed with me.  In her 5th post, she mentioned to plan ahead for obstacles to staying disciplined, and obviously I didn’t do that.  I knew that I would be sleeping in a little and that my family would be in for a couple of days.  But I did not plan ahead for these things.  However, this won’t stop me from trying again this week.

My goals last week:

Sprirtual

1. Spend time with God first thing every morning.  (Did not do well on this at all this last week.) 

2. Do next chapter in the Faith Workbook.   (Actually did this, and really enjoyed this workbook.)

Marriage

3. Write my husband a note expressing my love and tuck it into his lunchbox to find on his break. (This did not happen as I had not figured into the equation how hard it would be to get a chance to pack his lunch.)

Writing

4.  Write 500 more words for novel.  (This did not happen, but on a happy note, my essay for the teaching program is now done.)

Cleaning

5.  Changed sheets on bed.

6.  Fold clean laundry.

7.  Sort through 1 tote in basement.  (Actually got through 2 totes.)

Personal

8. Take a bubble bath.  (Didn’t happen, but I did get all my Christmas decorations put out.)

Knitting

8.  Finish fingerless gloves.  (I’m marking this off, because I have very little left to finish them.)

And this week’s goals:

Sprirtual

1. Spend time with God first thing every morning.

Marriage

2.  For something a bit more feasible, I think it’s time for another stay in date night.

Writing

3.  Write 500 more words for novel.

Cleaning

4. Clean bathroom sink & mirror.

5. Dust

Personal

6. Take a relaxing bath.

Knitting

7.  Work on David’s sweater.

I also plan to focus on keeping track of our spending for the next 21 days, and writing down all of our purchases.  I’ll let you know how that goes.