“The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.”
Jeremiah 17:7 HCSB
Last year one of my goals was to pray more. When things aren’t going well for us, I think it’s a lot easier to pray for help and in those times we should be turning to God to ease our burden. But that shouldn’t be the only times we pray.
One of the points in Reframe by Brian Hardin of the Daily Audio Bible is building a relationship with God. And one of the ways to do that is going to God more than just in times of turmoil. We should pursue daily connections with Him. Reading that and listening to Brian’s daily podcasts had me questioning my own motives and prayer life. Do I thank God enough for the blessings I have? Is all I am doing is going to God with a laundry list of things I want? When do I take the time to listen? So I wanted to build a habit of praise and prayer multiple times a day.
I needed a cue or reminder to pray throughout my day (Not just at meals) more often. I tried a couple of different things. Drawing a tiny cross on my hand so that whenever I saw it I would pray. Which worked for a bit, but I didn’t build the habit as strong as I would have liked. I also programmed some reminders to pray into my phone. Two in the morning and two in the afternoon. I made a commitment to when they popped up I would do it. It may have been a short prayer or a longer one, but I always did it. Then I noticed something. More often than not the reminder would pop up and I already had prayed. So I was able to remove three of the reminders and only have one per day.
It seems I was able to build the habit, the key will be to keep it up. And I try to praise as well as pray when I do. Have a good week. God Bless.