become more enjoyable?
I plan on writing more about personal prayer in
another book in this series on prayer, but because developing strong personal prayer habits is so essential to preparing spiritual warriors for battle, I will briefly mention five principles that will help a great deal if you want to enjoy prayer more:
The place. Find a comfortable, peaceful place as your habitual place of prayer. Having a pleasant and familiar environment will bring you more quickly and naturally into an attitude of prayer. To help you relax, take a cup of coffee or a glass of juice with you. There is nothing wrong with feeling good while you are praying.
The time. I agree with Larry Lea that a reasonable long-range goal for a daily prayer time is one hour. I also understand that for many this will be a lifelong goal that may never be reached on a regular basis. If you are starting from scratch, use short -range goals and plan to increase the time gradually.
If this sounds quite demanding to you, try starting with 5 minutes, then increase it to 10. In my opinion, 5 minutes every day is much more valuable that 15 minutes every 3 days, even though I would consider either clearly inadequate for strategic-level spiritual warfare.
The attitude. Concentrate on making your prayer time a personal relationship with God. I like what Pastor John Bisagno says:
"Prayer is a conversation, a union, an intermingling of
two personalities. God speaks to me and I speak to Him."
For many of us, it will take some effort and experience to allow this to happen because we are not used to hearing from God. Bisagno says,
"Waiting on God is not a mere abstract passing of time. It
is a definite spiritual exercise during which, after having
spoken to God, He in turn, speaks to you."
Few things will make prayer more enjoyable than hearing God speak to you. some experienced pray-ers even take notes on what He says and call it "journaling."
The format. I strongly suggest using the Lord's Prayer as a daily format for the entire prayer time. This advice has been frequently given since the time of Marin Luther, but the present day manual I recommend most is Larry Lea's Could You Not Tarry One Hour? (Creation House).
The quality. Experience shows that the quality of prayer usually follows the quantity, not vice versa. As you develop a personal prayer life, do not be overconcerned with sleepiness or daydreaming. Quality will come over time. I once heard Mike Bickle say that if you set aside 60 minutes for prayer you may begin by getting 5 good minutes. But then the 5 become 10, the 10 become 20 and the quality increases.
Enjoying prayer is a sure sign that you are receiving good
preparation for spiritual warfare.
(Google image and emphasis added)