It’s hard enough to pray. But it’s even more difficult to find the time to pray in our busy daily lives as well as praying quality prayers when we do pray. One of the most challenging prayers for me are the long term prayers. The prayers we pray for a long period of time. For me, these prayers are usually for people or difficult times I may be going through.
It’s easy in the beginning to pray for something like a pray warrior but when the prayer isn’t answered after days and weeks I have to be honest and say that my prayers lose a little steam. I don’t feel that they are as fervent or effectual. They easily become repetitive and simply words. It’s easy to get weary.
So I asked myself this question: How can we condition ourselves to pray “marathon” prayers?
- Assess your current prayer condition. How often do you pray now? You may discover that it needs a little work. Like a runner that is serious about running a marathon, you can’t just do it haphazardly.
- Proper training. The best training manual we can follow is the Bible. Read and study passages about prayer.
- Do what works best for you. Some people like to pray loud. Some like to be quiet. Find the way that fits you best.
- Get started. The only way you can get good at praying is to pray. Set the schedule that works for you whether it is morning or afternoon or night.
- Stay motivated. Keep in mind why you are doing it. Keep the goal on your mind.
- Set your own pace. Long distance praying is just that – long. There are no shortcuts. Chip away at it and don’t give up.
Just like running a marathon, praying for something for a long time isn’t going to be easy. It is especially difficult when it appears things that you are praying for are getting worse. That part can really freak you out. Don’t give up regardless of what you see on the outside. You never know what God is doing that you cannot see.
Here are some passages that will help:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)