Last year after watching War Room I knew I needed to do something about my prayer life.
When I saw the fictional character Clara talk to God, I thought, “I want a prayer life like that!”
Powerful. Intimate. Convinced that God will provide answers.
That didn’t describe my prayer life at all.
Oh, I prayed, but so often my prayers seemed forced instead of intimate. At times when I prayed early in the morning, I fell asleep mid-sentence.
Like I said, that’s not the prayer life I wanted.
But what was I doing wrong?
I spent the summer immersed in studying prayer.
I read powerful books like Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller and A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller.
I searched the Bible for passages about prayer and began praying through the Psalms — beautiful prayers in themselves.
And I learned a lot.
I figured out what I was doing wrong.
The Balance in Prayer
The best quote I read about prayer all summer is from Paul E. Miller’s A Praying Life. He says that prayer is both being and doing.
The being in prayer is becoming like a child and completely trusting our Father. The doing is the hard work of prayer — making sure you pray for those people you should be praying for. Miller says,
…all of us create systems with things that are important to us. Remember, life is both holding hands and scrubbing floors. It is both being and doing. Prayer journals or prayer cards are on the “scrubbing floors” side of life. Praying like a child is on the “holding hands” side of life. We need both. (p. 224)
There are two types of people in the world — those who lean more toward holding hands and those who lean more toward scrubbing floors. Mary and Martha.
I’m a Martha for sure. I love doing. I have a hard time just being still.
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Maybe you’re a Mary. And that’s a good thing. You have no problem being. But you find in your prayer life, you get so wrapped up in talking to God in the moment, that you forget to pray for the three people you said you’d pray for this week.
Being and doing. We need both.
But how do we get there?
From Prayer Slacker to Prayer Warrior
After all my research and studying on prayer this summer, I’ve written down the most important parts of what I learned and turned it into a free seven day email course.
Let me be clear. The course isn’t a formula that will instantly improve your prayer life.
Only getting to know God better through the Bible and praying regularly will turn you into a prayer warrior.
However, getting into the habit of praying regularly, learning to “be” in prayer, and learning to “do” in prayer will get you off to a good start.
And that’s what my email course From Prayer Slacker to Prayer Warrior is about.
In seven days I’ll give you advice on setting up a time and place for prayer, getting real with God (no more formulas!), and organizing your prayer requests in a way you can remember them all.
By developing the discipline to pray at the same time every day and the organization to remember your prayer requests, you’ll be halfway to becoming a prayer warrior.
The other half is up to you — regularly spending time in the Bible and in prayer.
You’ll be a prayer warrior before you know it.