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Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

I love prayer!  We can pray any time, anywhere, with anyone.  But, sometimes as a stay at home mom, I get so caught up in the day to day life, that I don’t pray.

Other then trying to make it a habit and remember to pray, here are some ways to cultivate prayer in your life:

  1. I like this quote by Billy Graham, “Prayer is simply a two way conversation between you and God.” Prayer is talking with God.  We don’t need a set of instructions or rote prayers to say.  Prayer opens our hearts to Him.  So, just talk to God about anything and everything.
  2. Some people need and like to say prayers that are written out already.
  3. Pray about everything, including with your kids.  Recently, my children’s great-grandmothers were hurt, I told them about it and we prayed for them together.
  4. Write your prayers out.  Be strategic in what you pray and how you pray them.  You can even jot prayers down in your phone!
  5. Have a prayer journal, closet or box.  I have had all three and one point or another, I love going back and seeing how God has answered prayers.

          Here are some links on how to make a prayer journal,   

          closet and box.

  • Journal: Mother’s Niche has a printable template you can put into a  binder.
  • Sparkles of Sunshine also has a printable template, all she asks is for you to sign up for her newsletter.
  • Unfolding Words has step by step instruction on how to make a binder prayer journal.
  •  Closet: Sheri Dacon shares how she has organized her prayer closet.
  •  Box: Travelers Dream gives step-by-step instructions on how to make a prayer box.

           6. If you tell someone that you will pray with them,  do it right away so you don’t forget 🙂

       7. Thank the Lord through out the day.  Have your  kids find things to be thankful for.

               8. Have a prayer list and post it somewhere visible.

Prayer is such an intimate connection with God, that the above ideas are in no way an exhaustive or must do list.  They are just ways that have helped me and others cultivate prayer in our life.

What ways do you cultivate prayer in your life?