If you’ve been around Val Marie Paper long, you know we’re all about a little structure. Depending on how you learned to pray, it might feel a little foreign to have systems around your prayer life, but we’re big believers that having a plan beforehand helps us slip into prayer more easily and more often. This week we’ll talk with a friend who’s spent time studying and developing habits, go through the step-by-step process of how to create our own prayer routine, and pray a prayer asking the Lord for passionate prayer lives.
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Ep. 25: Routine with Hannah Brencher
In this episode we talk with author Hannah Brencher, about why and how to create a habit of prayer. If you’re wanting more consistency in your prayer life, you’re going to love the practical nature of this episode. Hannah also gives us a glimpse into her prayer closet and the obstacles she’s faced with her own prayer routine, personal answers from the Lord, history with prayer and goals for the future.
Hannah Brencher is a writer, TED Speaker, and mental health advocate with a heart for building leaders. She is the author of 3 best-selling books- Fighting Forward, Come Matter Here, and If You Find This Letter.
She is the founder of More Love Letters--a global organization using the power behind social media to write and mail letters to strangers in need across the world. Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good,” Hannah and her work have been featured in publications such as CNN World News, the Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, and Glamour. Hannah lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Lane and daughter Novalee.
Things mentioned in today’s episode:
Ep. 26: How to Create a Prayer Routine
Some of you love everything about the word routine and others of you are trying not to roll your eyes or hit delete too quickly. Shouldn’t prayer be a bit more romantic than a routine? But here’s the thing, planning your prayer time really just tells God that this matters to you and it’s worth preparing in advance to make sure it still happens. Having a routine that helps us stay consistent can help us overcome that paralyzing feeling that comes when it’s been a while since we’re talked to God. In this episode, let’s get into the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY and HOW of creating a prayer routine.
Things mentioned in today’s episode:
- Pray Confidently and Consistently by Valerie Woerner
- Prayer Journals by Val Marie Paper
- On the Blog: How to Make Time to Pray
- On the Blog: 7 Reasons Prayer Feels Boring
Ep. 27: A Prayer for passion
Let’s face it, sometimes we’re just not feeling it. When I feel this way, one of the things I do is pray for God to give me the desire for prayer.
Here is a guided prayer to ask God to restore your passion:
- Imagine what it would look like to be more passionate about prayer
- Confess how you’ve seen prayer before
- Reflect on things that feel more important than praying and ask God to make you aware
- Remember the cross and what that means for your present--thank God for it
This prayer has been adapted from my book Springboard Prayers. If you were encouraged by it and would like 124 other prayers to read when you don’t have the words, grab a copy at valmariepaper.com.
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