1. Properly define prayer.
Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God.
Clearly defining what prayer is helps to both guide and evaluate our praying.
2. Schedule time for extended prayer.
3. Learn a method of prayer.
- Psalm (a different Psalm each time I pray)
This is helpful as it draws my focus to God’s character and work, sets my mind and heart in a direction where I can work through the rest of this method.
Praising God for who he is, what he has done. It is a focus on his glory. The Psalms are particularly helpful here, and this aspect of prayer is very dependent on having a well developed theology.
Spend time considering, confessing and crucifying sin.
Thank God for his provision, care, promises etc.
Our pleading with God for our and others specific needs.
4. Create cues to prompt you throughout the day.
5. Master the short prayer.