Mark Affleck

Why Should I Pray? My Prayers Are Lifeless.

February 24, 2020
Spiritual Growth

What follows below is the headline I WANTED to use but backed off to avoid exposing you to another one of the now-common and always irritating HEADLINE HACKS:

 “A 5-Part Power Plan To Revolutionize Your Prayer Life.”

That headline sounds a bit over the top, right? Of course. But there’s a good reason it came to my mind when I started writing this message–it’s TRUE IN MY LIFE.
Over the past few months I have been getting a lot of questions from our global online tribe that have a common theme–My prayers are lifeless and routine. How can I change that?
I love this question because it is complicated, nuanced, and vexing. The good news is how God has shown me a clear pathway to powering up my prayers.
This message is not a comprehensive look at prayer. My intent is simply to share with you how God helped me power up my prayers.
The fuel to power-up our prayer life is “forcing” ourselves to be constantly searching for evidence of ANSWERED PRAYERS.
You’re no doubt thinking: If my prayer life is routine and lifeless, how am I going to find answered prayers?
Fair enough. That’s what I immediately thought when God nudged me toward this FIND PRAISE FIRST approach.
But if we are praying, however routine and lifeless our prayers may be, THERE WILL BE ANSWERS if we look.
Praising God for answers to prayer triggers an incredibly powerful response that is GUARANTEED to power-up our prayer life: ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY MORE.
Praise and pray again. Praise and pray again. Praise and pray again.    
Before you even realize what happened your prayer life will be on fire.
I ask God to remind me to pray daily and then look for his answers so I can give him praise and be encouraged to pray even more.
Does your prayer life need a power boost?
“I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” Psalm 118:21

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