Personally it has been helpful to have some prayer formulas to help me regularly connect with God. The challenge is to keep your prayer life fresh rather than solely focused on asking God for stuff. I have four prayers I pray, really two prayers and two prayer formulas.
This goes way back, probably the first prayer formula which I learned as a young believer. It is an acroynom designed to structure your prayer time.
Adoration – Praise God for His character
Confession – Tell Him the sins you have committed
Thanksgiving – Share what you are grateful for in your life
Supplication – Ask Him for help, for stuff (tends to be our default prayer mode)
Another structure for prayer…this one begins with placing your palms down towards the floor. In this posture you release things to God, asking Him for help with whatever is troubling you…releasing it to Him. Finally you turn your palms towards the ceiling and take a posture to receive from God. You might ask Him to give you His love, wisdom or simply sit in silence listening for a prompting from Him.
Each morning while in the shower I pray a modified version of the “Lords Prayer” which I came up with years ago. I had someone teach me to mold the prayer into my own words and then memorize it. After all Jesus told His disciples this is HOW they should pray not WHAT they should pray…there is a difference. It is a valuable exercise if you haven’t done it I encourage it.
My dad in Heaven, perfect is your name
Your will be done, on this planet as it is in Heaven.
Give me today to do exactly what you want me to do.
Forgive me and help me to forgive others.
Keep me far from temptation, even farther from the Enemy
I pray this one occasionally, on an “as-needed” basis. Made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous, I think it has wide application and all of us can benefit from releasing control over stuff we cant control anyways.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
What prayers do you pray? Any formulas that have helped keep your prayer life fresh?