1 John 5:14: And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
The Bible has told countless readers, time and time again, that if we seek, we shall find. We are called to have confidence in prayer, because God hears us. He knows our deepest needs and He loves us. Prayer is that connection to God, and one of the best ways to foster a relationship with the One who created you.
With all of that being said, however, it still might be hard to muster up the courage or the strength to pray. Many people, myself included, oftentimes find themselves in a position where they want to talk to God but just don’t know where to start. Sometimes, the most powerful prayers can be the ones where you admit you’re vulnerable, that you don’t know where to begin. The thing that matters is that you desire to foster that relationship.
If you want to deepen your prayer life, here are some different things you can do to invest in your relationship with Christ.
Praise and worship. Listening to Christian music, hymns or songs inspired by the psalms are a great way to enhance your prayer life. You can partake in several ways: listening to praise music on your morning commute, at church, or in the quiet of your bedroom. Take the time to not just sing out the words to “Reckless Love,” but really pray them. Meditate on the lyrics of the songs you sing. Thank God for the gift of music!
Read the Bible. People have used the Bible as a method of prayer for hundreds of years. It tells the stories of our faith and is written by the people who’ve encountered Jesus firsthand. You don’t have to go about reading it cover to cover, but when starting off, simply reading a passage from any one of the Gospels is a great place to start. Read a few lines, and reflect on them. What stands out to you? Think and pray about it!
Pray the Rosary. Using the Rosary to dive into your prayer life is especially powerful. Think about it: when you ask the Virgin Mary to pray on your behalf, you’re literally asking the Mother of God, Jesus’ mother, to pray for you! She can be a pretty powerful intercessor. There are also special chaplets and novenas you can follow along with if you have a special intention. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a particular favorite of mine, and in times of need I find it to be a comforting prayer.
Write in a journal. Some people find that taking a journal with them to church or during their prayer time helps them focus on their prayer. I myself find that writing my thoughts down really helps me to be vulnerable and honest with my intentions. You don’t have to journal in any formal, organized way—just write what’s on your mind. When giving advice on how to journal, a priest once told me to write what’s on your heart, whether it’s in sentences or just simple phrases or words. Journaling during your prayer time allows you to simply organize what you want to say to God, and it’s also a great record of your faith journey. I love flipping through the pages of my journal and being able to see how far I’ve come in my relationship with God.
Now that you’re equipped with a few ways to deepen your prayer life, you might still be thinking about some hesitations. For instance, feeling distracted. If we get frustrated with our distractions, it shows how much we want to be with Him. And be patient! God’s patient with our weaknesses, so we have to be patient with Him too. He will come through. Even if it’s not the way you’ve envisioned, Christ loves you, and He is listening to you. You simply have to be open and talk to Him.