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If I’m honest, my prayer life sometimes feels about as lively as a bowl of dead fish. Sluggish. Half-hearted. Stagnant. Just keeping my head above water spiritually.

Can you relate? We all struggle with prayer at times. But what if consistently meeting with God held the key to unlocking joy, peace, purpose, and power?

After walking with Jesus for over two decades now, I’m convinced a consistent prayer life makes the difference between barely surviving and spiritually thriving.

Consistent prayer has contributed greatly to the transformation I’ve seen in my life over the last 25 years.

Don’t miss out on the incredible blessings your heavenly Father has for you through a deep, consistent prayer life!

In this post, let’s explore the life-changing benefits that flow from persistent, fervent prayer.

Why Consistency Matters in Prayer

What To Pray About

What do I mean by consistent prayer? It simply means making prayer a non-negotiable daily habit and priority.

Just like eating and sleeping, talking with God deserves a regular spot in your schedule.

This doesn’t require prayer marathons. Start where you are with 5-10 minutes in your car or an early morning quiet time.

The key is sticking with it instead of quitting after a few days.

Why is consistency in prayer so crucial?

Here are 3 reasons:

  • It safeguards intimacy with God: Regular prayer maintains your friendship with Jesus, just like calling a best friend frequently. Infrequent prayer leads to a drifting, distant relationship.
  • It protects against spiritual attacks: When you pray, demons flee! A steady prayer life builds a hedge of protection from the enemy’s assaults.
  • It enables breakthrough: Short half-hearted prayers don’t move the hand of God as powerfully as persistent, passionate intercession. Consistency demonstrates faith in God.

With the “why” hopefully clarified, let’s highlight 8 amazing blessings you’ll encounter through a faithful, fervent, consistent prayer life.

8 Life-giving Benefits of Consistent Prayer

Persevering In Prayer

If you currently lack motivation or feel too busy for regular prayer, studying the following benefits can re-ignite your passion for praying!

1. Increased Gratitude

When life feels frustrating and disappointing, a critical spirit often rises. You get easily irritated at little annoyances and gripe about everything wrong in your life.

Consistent time in God’s presence breeds a spirit of gratitude. As you reflect on His goodness, you become aware of blessing after blessing you’ve been taking for granted.

Your whining gets drowned out by thanksgiving. You learn to number your days and rejoice in them.

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

Psalm 9:1 (ESV)

“In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

2. Decreased Anxiety

Do you constantly fret about the future? Toss and turn at night rehashing worries from the day? Does your mind churn with fearful “what ifs?”

Through prayer, you can surrender your anxiety into the strong hands of Jesus. Instead of carrying the weight all by yourself, release it to Him (Mathew 11:28 NLT).

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

In return, the peace of God descends to guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer confesses, “This situation is beyond my control, but I trust you, God, to handle what I cannot.”

Persistent prayer leads to rest, not continual unrest.

Focus On Intimacy With God

3. Power to Overcome Sin

We all deal with sin patterns that bring us shame. Guilt feels like an inescapable prison sometimes. Our feeble attempts to change through self-discipline constantly fall short.

But prayer connects us to God’s supernatural power to walk free from bondage. Jesus paid the price for our freedom.

As you pray regularly about your struggles, the Spirit moves mightily to help you overcome them. Prayer humbles you to admit you need Him to defeat sin.

Keep praying in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers…so that you may declare the mystery of the gospel boldly (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

4. Revelation that Fuels Growth

Ever feel stuck in a spiritual rut, not encountering God or growing?

A consistent prayer life throws open the floodgates for divine revelation that accelerates maturity.

“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.”

Psalm 119:97 (NIV)

Meditate on Scripture until revelation breaks through to empower your prayers.

Your spiritual ears will be tuned to hear God’s still small voice as continue in prayer.

Talk To The Holy Spirit

5. Greater Discernment

With so many confusing voices in our world, how can we recognize truth? By staying tuned to the voice of the Good Shepherd through prayer.

As you regularly meet with God and soak in His Word, your spiritual discernment sharpens. You become better at testing lies vs. truth, distinguishing His voice from counterfeits.

You gain wisdom and insight to make sound decisions, especially in murky situations.

In prayer, you can also discern spiritual realities not visible to the natural eyes. The Holy Spirit reveals where He is moving and how to partner with Him.

“The sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

John 10:3 (NLT)

6. Fresh Purpose & Passion

Do you ever wake up feeling directionless and passionless about life? Prayer will re-ignite a fresh purpose and holy passion in your heart.

As you commune with God in prayer, He’ll remind you of your true identity and unique calling. Prayer aligns your priorities with God’s eternal purposes.

Even better, prayer fans into a flame your spiritual passion after disappointment and delays have dampened it.

You’ll be empowered with boldness to advance the work of Jesus on earth with renewed passion.

Make Prayer A Priority

7. Accelerated Breakthroughs

Tired of that persistent problem in your life or family? Consistent, fervent prayer moves God’s mighty hand to bring breakthroughs.

While a short one-time prayer may go unanswered, persistent intercession demonstrates the kind of faith God delights to honor.

As you appeal to heaven’s highest court in Jesus’ name, the barriers blocking your breakthrough will fall.

Prayer opens prison doors, heals sick bodies, restores broken relationships, and infuses weary souls with strength.

Let’s boldly ask and believe God for our breakthroughs!

“The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”

James 5:16 (AMPC)

8. Greater Intimacy with Jesus

A close relationship with God is prayer’s greatest benefit. Isn’t intimacy with Jesus our ultimate purpose in life?

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

James 4:8 (ESV)

Setting aside consistent, unhurried time to focus just on God cultivates a warm, conversational prayer life.

He calms your anxious spirit with His love. You’ll experience joyful communion with the Trinity.

Prayer takes the doctrine you know intellectually and awakens it experientially.

Through prayer, you’ll encounter Jesus as an intimate Friend who walks by your side every day.

Key Takeaways on Developing a Consistent Prayer Life

Prayers That God Has Promised To Answer

If consistent prayer time with God still feels out of reach, remember these tips:

  • Start small: 5 minutes in your car or before bed leads to way more time later.
  • Make it a daily habit: Pick a time and stick to it like breakfast.
  • Use a prayer list: Write down requests to keep your mind focused during prayer.
  • Pray Scripture: Let God’s Word guide your prayers to align with His will.
  • Ask others to pray: Sharing your commitment with other Christians boosts accountability to persist in prayer.
  • Remember it’s a relationship: God just wants to spend time with you! Relax and be real.
  • Persevere through dryness: Prayer involves spiritual warfare. Fix your eyes on Jesus!

The effort you invest will reap exponential blessings over time. As your prayer life deepens, so will your joy, discernment, purity, passion, and intimacy with Jesus.

Expect a steady stream of breakthroughs as you consistently call on the Lord who delights to answer!

Frequently Asked Questions About Improving Your Prayer Life

To wrap up, here are some common questions about boosting your prayer game:

Q. How do I know if my prayer life needs work?

A. You frequently skip your prayer time. It feels like another item on your to-do list. You get distracted and cut prayer short. Your mind wanders. It feels one-sided. You get discouraged by unanswered prayers. Praying feels boring or stale.

Q. What are practical tips to pray longer?

A. Pray out loud instead of just mentally. Write down your prayers in a journal. Walk around while you pray.

Listen to worship music in the background. Set a timer and commit to “praying through.” Let your mind relax into a conversational flow with God.

Q. How can I re-focus when my mind wanders during prayer?

A. Gently return your thoughts back to God when you catch yourself drifting. Pray through Scripture passages line-by-line.

Sing worship songs. Engage your body by standing, kneeling, lifting hands.

Pray out loud or write prayers down. Focus on who you’re praying to – Almighty God!

Q. What should I pray about for 15-20 minutes?

A. Anything! Worship God by praising His attributes. Confess and repent of any sins. Reflect on the day’s events – both good and bad.

Pray for your needs and others – family, friends, neighbors, etc. Pray over future decisions or plans. Ask God questions and listen for His responses.

Pray through individual Bible verses. The goal is just conversing with God!

Q. How can I encourage my family or spouse to pray together?

A. Pray out loud for them to hear you. Share meaningful answers to your prayers. Light-heartedly ask them to pray for you. Schedule regular family prayer times.

Start where they’re willing; don’t force it. Your commitment will inspire them to desire a deeper prayer life too.

I hope these FAQs provide a helpful start! What questions do you have about improving your prayer game? Share in the comments below – I would be happy to help or pray for you. You got this. Start today!

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