On Wednesday when I posted my goals for May, I mentioned that my resolution for this month is to focus on prayer. I didn’t really go into the details about it, so I’m going to share that now.
It’s actually kind of hard for me to make goals for this month’s resolution because prayer is a little more intangible than say, organizing my closet. I also don’t want to get too goal oriented for my focus this month because I don’t want the plan perfectionist to make me feel like I’ve got to get all these unrealistic goals accomplished. But at the same time, I know if I don’t set any goals, I probably won’t grow that much either.
I’m keeping it simple with 3 goals for the month:
- Try to stick to a weekly prayer schedule
- Read a Psalms Bible study
I say schedule, but I mean that a lot more loosely than it sounds. I’ve had a prayer schedule in the past, and I liked it. I just didn’t stick with it that long, so I thought I’d give it a try again.
The basic idea is that for certain days of the week, I pray about certain topics. This doesn’t mean that I can only pray about that topic or that I’m limited in any way. I liked this routine because it helped me realize that I can actually focus on all the things I want to pray about over the course of a week, instead of feeling overwhelmed by wanting to pray about it all in a day.
My schedule looks something like this…
Monday: My husband
Tuesday: Friends & Church
Wednesday: My Marriage
And I’ve excluded the weekends because I want to give myself some unregimented prayer time. Also, I want to make clear that I don’t just repent on Friday’s. But I have found that having a specific day devoted to repentance is really amazing. More on that later, maybe.
Bible Study in Psalms
In the back of my Bible, there are all these reading plans. There is actually a plan titled “30 Days of Prayer.” However, when looking through it, I wasn’t really all that intruiged (just being honest!). Instead, I saw a 30 Days in Psalms study and was immediately interested in that.
Right now, I feel I’ve been lacking a Bible study that gets me fired up and passionate about the word. I also haven’t really been following a set plan for a while and I think that’s part of why my passion has died off.
I view the Psalms as very prayer-like, speaking or calling out directly to the Lord. So I think it fits perfectly.
Obviously, my goal this month is to pray. My prayer life ebbs and flows, but I really desire for this month to be rich in prayer. I want to “Devote [myself] to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2)“. And there’s no other way to do that than to just pray.
I’ll admit that there are a lot of things that I let keep me from prayer lately. In my head, I want to put prayer and time with the Lord first thing in my day – literally right after I have breakfast. But it definitely doesn’t always happen that way.
If this month, I can see more consistency in my prayer life and truly wake up desiring that communication with the Lord, that will be an amazing answer to my own prayers right now.
God deserves to be first regardless of what I have going on. And when I put Him first, everything in my life makes more sense and is much more on track with what He desires for my life.
Questions for You:
- What characterizes a good prayer life for you? Praying first thing in the morning, or many times throughout the day? Or something else?
- What are you having for dinner tonight? I’m having this General Tso’s chicken!