Outside is better, 3 steps to beginning Prayer

July 02, 2012

3 steps to beginning Prayer

7488870432_18ac4168a1Anyone who knows me understands my love for scripture. Of the spiritual disciplines, it always comes to me the easiest. Reading is never a problem. The discipline of prayer, however, only comes to me when I am intentional about it. I have also learned leaning on one piece of the spiritual life will not make up for another being neglected. This last year I have been on a journey towards a deeper prayer life. I want to share 3 steps to beginning prayer with you that have helped me.

1. Become a Morning Person
The internet lately has been full of people lifting up the benefits of doing morning well. Michael Hyatt has a classic blog post called Slay Your Dragons Before Breakfast. Mornings matter and I am a late night person. But pieces of this have had to change. Carve out some time in the morning for prayer. Don't get stressed out over what this time will look like just yet, just make sure it happens.

2. Find a Place
The spiritual life is a rhythm. Creating a sacred space in your home or elsewhere helps to name and defend the time and idea of a regular prayer life. I made a corner of my music room to be dedicated to prayer. Sometimes I kneel, other times I stand. I am also known to pace around the room. I know this is a place for prayer. Over time, my prayers have begun building this place up as a well of the Holy Spirit. My corner is becoming holy.

3. Start Simple
In my previous attempts at regular prayer I quickly became distracted. I knew more structured praying helped me begin and end times of prayer. The Book of Common Prayer has a prayer reading twice daily that monthly will go through the entire Psalms. I appreciate this because the Psalms have traditionally been the prayer book of Gods people. Using the Common Prayer helps guide my prayer time in the mornings and evenings. It helps me be part of something much larger than my prayer corner when I am praying.

I hope my three suggestions help you. What have you found beneficial in a rhythm of prayer?