Tips for creating a daily prayer routine in your life.
Creating a daily prayer routine is a rhythm that will transform your everyday life. With the struggles and the triumphs of life, it is essential to find the time to talk to God.
Yet, we often say, “I just do not have time to pray.” Have you ever said this? I know I have. In my mind, I envision needing an hour of complete silence. Honestly, as a mom, especially when I was in the baby/toddler phase, finding a moment of quiet to think and pray is something that rarely happens.
However, when we create a daily prayer routine, we find ways to weave prayer throughout our everyday moments. When I view prayer like this, I am able to remember prayer is talking to God. God does not expect us to come to Him with perfection, He just wants us to come to Him.
Tips for Creating a Daily Prayer Routine
Carve out time in the morning.
Starting your day with prayer is a great way to focus your mind before you start the day. This will look different for everyone, but here is what works for me.
I set out my Bible and journal the night before. Then it is ready for me and a visual reminder. Usually, when I wake, my middle son does too. He is an early riser. Honestly, this used to frustrate me because I heard everyone say wake before your kids. But I had to learn to let that go and do what works best for us. Plus, there is something so good and beautiful for your children to see you open the Bible.
Write down the prayers.
There is something so freeing about sitting and writing out your prayer. Plus, having a prayer journal to look back at is an incredible way to see how God has worked. This year, I have wanted to focus on gratitude so every morning, I write down three things I am thankful for.
Then I look at my prayer sheet. This is something new I started. I really wanted to have a place where I could record the requests and then record the answers. It also helps me to remember to pray for the people I said I would pray for.
After glancing at the sheet, I write out a prayer in my journal. Writing out my prayers has been something that has been helpful.
This time is followed up with reading my Bible. It may sound like this is taking a long time but most of the time I am doing my entire morning routine in 15-20 minutes.
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Pray throughout the day.
As you go throughout your day, turn your eyes to Jesus in the hard moments. Call out to Him first. There are times where I will just say, we need to pray with my kids and we will pray. The beauty of prayer is that we can do it at any moment and what a gift to teach this to our children.
Set an alarm.
Having an alarm set in your phone is a great way to remember to stop and pray. Every morning, my phone goes off at 9 am as a reminder to stop and pray for Nick and the kids. This is such a simple way to weave prayer into your life.
Pray in the evening.
Since I am a morning person, I generally fall into bed and go fast asleep. However, I have been working on simply praying quietly before I go to bed. Maybe you are more of an evening person and you will use this time to write out prayers. Do what fits best with you.
Pray with your spouse- Sunday evenings we have been focusing on praying together as a couple. You could do this either weekly or even daily.
During household chores- Look at your prayer sheet and pray for some of the needs as you go about your household chores.
Before bed with your kids- As you are tucking your kids in bed, take a moment and pray together. Ask them what can we pray for today?
Before school- Take time to pray together as you drive your kids to school or before they get on the bus.
Middle of the night- Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and have not been able to sleep? Use this time as a time to pray.
What are some ways you can focus on creating a daily prayer routine?