15 ways to refresh a tired devotional life (No. 7)

Trigger prayers

It’s been rather a gap since the last post on this subject, but it’s time to get these going again! The first five posts in this series are there to help if your time with God in prayer has been a struggle to get going.  For others, we might pray daily and well, but things seem repetitive. This next set of posts are there to try and help.   

God calls us to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess 5 16-18).

Pray continually?  I take it that does mean praying without giving up about the things God causes us to be concerned or joyful with.  But it seems that there’s more than the sense of faithful prayer day after day. Our days might better unfold with us constantly in prayer conversation with our loving Heavenly Father. My experience, though, is that this takes practice. 

Trigger prayers can help – particularly if part of your day is regular such as a commute, a walk with the dog, a school run or a work activity.  As with most things, it’s simple enough. 

Imagine yourself as you go through that regular activity.  In your mind’s eye, you’ll go past several things; it might be a letterbox, a pub on the corner, or a particular tree, or even go through a specific door.  Then commit to praying for one person, or situation as you go past that thing. Perhaps it might be something you want to praise God for regularly.   

As you do go past that thing, it should trigger a prayer. You’ll need to remember the first few times, but after that the trigger seems to happen more naturally and it then prompts the prayer, and perhaps an ongoing dialogue with God.    

I used to do this as I cycled to work. I had a series of things I passed that prompted trigger prayers. That worked really well for me and I hope it does for you too!

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