7 Tips for a Stress Free Prayer Life
Day 21 of 21 Days of Prayer. 7 Tips for a Stress Free Prayer Life. Sometimes when you pray it may seem as if God is not there. Heaven seems quiet. You have not received an answer from God in days, weeks, months, or even years. To ensure God is hearing you, you pray louder, you organize a prayer team, you attend corporate church prayer. You’re praying while driving. You’re praying while you’re in line at the grocery store. You’re having prayer walks. You’re having prayer jogs. You’re praying in the elevator. Every moment you get to pray, you are praying but heaven is quiet.
The bill is due by the first of the month, but heaven is quiet.
You’ve had writer’s block for seven years, but heaven is quiet.
You need a word from the Lord today, but heaven is quiet.
Your sick child needs her medicine today, but heaven is quiet.
Your house is in turmoil, but heaven is quiet.
You’re about to get fired from your job, but heaven is quiet.
You’re experiencing pain and discomfort from a crisis in life, but heaven is quiet.
When heaven is quiet, it’s time to do a sound check. If you're praying and stressing, then there will be interference with God's blessings.
Today, I want to share with you seven sound check tips for a stress free prayer life.
1. Prayer is not a rehearsal or practice session.
You have the form of prayer but you’re denying the power of God (2 Timothy 3:5 KJV). Prayer must come from the heart. When you pray stop worrying about whether God will answer your prayer or not. Pray in faith. Trust the process. Don’t bring your logic in the prayer room. Take the attitude that God hears you even if you don’t feel anything. When worry occupies your prayer room, heaven seems quiet.
2. Your prayer sounds great but life is a mess.
When fear and worry are speaking in your ears during prayer, it creates stress sounds that wreaks havoc on your faith. Understand this, you can never walk by faith living in your emotions. Your emotions will stand between the prayer and the answer; therefore, hindering your ability to hear from heaven and get quality results.
3. To improve your sound, position yourself to hear from heaven.
Your mind, your heart, your body, and your spirit must align with God’s word (Matthew 22:37). Position your mind towards heaven. Eliminate distractions so that you can hear with clarity. Get in a quiet place. Turn off all electronics.
Get quiet and listen.
4. Take responsibility for your tone.
If you know you’ve been running errands with sin, repent. Admit your habits that are against grace. Ask God for forgiveness.
There will be static in your prayer tone when you taste sin’s appetizers, eat sin’s entrees, and lick your lips after sin’s desserts. This type of diet hinders grace and reduces the sound of heaven from your ears.
5. Watch out for negative self-talk from the flesh.
When you pray, the enemy will remind you of your past. You will think you’re not worthy of grace. This is an interference on your sound board. Remove the sounds of you’re not good enough and replace that sound with a faith declaration.
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace" (Ephesians 1:7).
Declare, “God is faithful and just. He has forgiven me of all of my sins. I’ve been cleansed from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).”
Bad sounds can mess up you head.
Simply replace the negative self-talk with the power of God’s word.
6. Reel in the creative power of the Holy Spirit.
Ask the Holy Spirit to brew over your prayers. Pray in faith and release those prayers to God knowing that the creative power of the Holy Spirit is peculating over your prayers.
Invoke praise before you pray.
Invoke worship while you pray.
Offer God praise for what has already been done and for what you know He will do in your life and the lives of others.
7. The sound of faith changes when you believe in what you ask for.
Sometimes heaven seems quiet but the sound of faith changes when you believe in what you ask for. It’s not by works but by faith. God counted Abraham righteous not because of his works but because of his faith (Genesis 15:6). Your faith will bring you to a place of joy, confidence, and trust regarding your salvation and your prayers.
God has not forgotten about you. When you pray, pray in faith. Know that God will finish what he has started in you (Philippians 1:6). God often speaks when we our faith aligns with heaven. Sin errands will interfere with the sound of heaven. Sins’ appetizers, entrees, desserts, and cocktails will put a clog in your prayer line. You won’t hear good when sin is present in your life.
Now, let me balance this. Sometimes when heaven is quiet, God is working things out for you on the other side. Be patient, remain optimistic, and walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
NOW EXERCISE YOUR FAITH AND PRAY.
~Inspiring hope and seasoning faith, Dr. Regina M. Daigre
P.S.: Thank you for joining us for 21 Days of Prayer.