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What does the bible say about praying consistently? 

Praying consistently is more than a ritual to lay our burdens before God. Consistency in prayer is a transformative practice that aligns the soul with God. Our hustle and bustle can make persistent and consistent prayer difficult, but with determination and the right mindset, we can make it our daily habit.

 In this article, we will study the bible together to understand the meaning of consistency in prayer, and how to build a consistent prayer life. Grab your journal, sit and let’s dig into God’s word together.

What is Prayer?

Prayer is simply “communication with God”. When we pray, we are supposed to speak to God and wait for God’s response. Regular prayer instils a sense of discipline and purpose. It serves as a moment of peace and comfort in the chaos and fear; it is a time of rejuvenation and a moment to receive strength. Consistent prayer serves as a regular source of restoration; it is like a river that regularly receives water from other streams while emptying itself to another; it will remain fresh always. 

What is Consistency in Prayer?

Consistency in prayer refers to the regular and constant practice of praying.  Praying consistently is forming a habit of always praying, with or without motivation. It requires setting aside time to pray daily without distractions and ensuring that it becomes a routine and part of your day.

Characteristics of Consistency in Prayer

Here are some characteristics of a consistent prayer life:

1. Routine: it is a routine spiritual exercise. You are praying consistently, your prayers are constant over time, and it has become a daily habit.

2. Discipline requires discipline by maintaining your prayer life irrespective of challenges or circumstances.

3. Habit Formation: consistent prayer is a habit; you are never at peace whenever you don’t pray because it has become a part of your lifestyle.

4. Stability: Consistent prayer life is a way to be in constant touch with God. It provides an opportunity to communicate with God, promoting inner peace and stability.

5. Preventative: Consistent prayer helps to sustain spiritual well-being. It prepares a believer for life’s ups and downs.

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Benefits of Praying Consistently

 1. Consistent prayer helps to stabilise emotions. It offers solace and comfort during stressful times. Praying consistently is therapeutic; we can communicate with God, express our thoughts, and reap an emotional calmness.

 2. Praying regularly helps us to reach spiritual maturity. Regular prayer deepens our spiritual connection and understanding of God. It builds a closer relationship with God, nurturing our faith and spiritual maturity.

 3. Praying regularly helps to improve clarity and focus. It helps organise thoughts and brings a sense of peace and purpose to the mind.

 4. Praying consistently has been shown to reduce stress levels by promoting relaxation and a sense of surrender. Turning worries over to God is incredibly calming.

 5. Regular prayer builds inner strength and resilience, enabling Christians to face life’s challenges with grit. It instils a sense of hope and perseverance.

 6. Studies have linked consistent prayer with various health benefits, such as lower blood pressure, improved immune function, and better overall physical health. The act of prayer can positively impact the body’s well-being.

 7. Prayer often leads to improved relationships, nurturing empathy, forgiveness, and understanding. Praying for others can enhance feelings of compassion and connection.

 8. Consistent prayer provides a sense of direction and purpose in life. It helps individuals align their actions and decisions with their spiritual beliefs and values.

 9. Regular prayer cultivates a habit of gratitude, encouraging individuals to acknowledge and appreciate the blessings in their lives. This positive mindset can significantly enhance overall happiness and satisfaction.

 10. Engaging in group prayers or being part of a prayer community can offer a robust support system. Sharing prayer experiences and praying together fosters a sense of belonging and mutual encouragement.

Examples of Consistent Prayer in the Bible

There are many biblical examples of people who showed their devotion to God by praying consistently. This section will explore biblical examples of people who prayed consistently with true devotion.

 1. Daniel’s Daily Prayers (Daniel 6:10)

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

Daniel 6:10

Daniel maintained a consistent prayer routine, praying three times a day facing Jerusalem, even when it was against the law and threatened his life. He was not afraid of praying; he showed great devotion to God by consistently praying to God.

 2. David’s (Psalm 55:17)

King David regularly prayed, expressing his emotions and seeking guidance from God throughout his life. His psalms reflect a pattern of consistent prayer and devotion to God. Whenever I read the Book of Psalms, I see a man devoted to communicating with God.

“Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”

Psalm 55:17

David’s consistent practice of prayer at set times each day shows he was committed to praying consistently without wavering.

 3. Jesus (Luke 5:16)

There are many instances in the bible where Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray. This act demonstrates a consistent pattern of seeking solitude and communion with God.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Luke 5:16

I often wonder why Jesus had to go and pray in solitude. He was the son of God, and he didn’t have to ask before he received. I realised later that prayer is not about asking but communicating with God. Jesus often withdrew to a secluded place to communicate with his father because he knew the benefit of speaking with God.

Jesus’ regular practice of prayer models the importance of making time for consistent, private prayer, regardless of how busy or demanding life becomes.

 4. Cornelius (Acts 10:1-4)

Cornelius, a Roman centurion, was praised for his consistent prayers and devout lifestyle. God acknowledged his regular prayers, leading to a significant spiritual breakthrough. Cornelius received help and clarity because of his consistent prayer life and habit.

“One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.'”

Acts 10:3-4

Cornelius’ example shows how consistent prayer can lead to divine encounters and recognition from God, stressing the impact of regular prayer.

 5. The Apostles’ (Acts 2:42)

The early church, including the apostles, devoted themselves to praying consistently, forming a foundational practice in their communal and spiritual lives.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Acts 2:42

The early church’s commitment to consistent prayer is an example for us. Their consistent prayer life helped to build a strong community and faith.

 6. Apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

“Pray without ceasing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

The Apostle Paul encouraged believers to pray continually; he urged believers to pray without ceasing. He also noted that he prayed more than everyone, showing his dedication to praying constantly.

 7. Anna (Luke 2:36-37)

“She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”

Luke 2:37

Anna, a prophetess, prayed and fasted consistently in the temple, dedicating her life to continuous worship and intercession after she became widowed. She devoted her life to God in an uncommon way.

 8. Job (Job 1:5)

“Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom.”

Job 1:5

Job regularly offered prayers and sacrifices for his children and family. He was meticulous, never joked with praying at every prayer hour, and offered sacrifices.

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10 Ways to Build a Consistent Prayer Habit

 1. Set a Specific Time

Designate specific times each day for prayer. Building a consistent prayer life is easier when it is part of your daily habit and routine. Whether it’s early morning, during lunch breaks, or before bedtime, having a set time helps form a regular habit.

Example: Set an alarm for 7 AM and 9 PM daily to remind you to pray.

 2. Create a Prayer Space

Having a dedicated space for prayer can make the practice more inviting and less likely to be skipped. Choose a quiet, comfortable place free from distractions where you can focus solely on your time with God.

Example: A corner of your room with a comfortable chair, a Bible, and a candle.

 3. Use a Prayer Journal

Writing down prayers can enhance focus and provide a tangible record of your conversations with God. It also allows you to look back and see how your prayers have been answered, encouraging consistency and faith in God.

Example: Start each prayer session by writing a few lines in your journal about what you’re thankful for, what you’re seeking, and any specific requests.

 4. Join a Prayer Group

Being part of a community that prays together can provide support and accountability. Regularly scheduled group prayers reinforce the habit of daily personal prayer.

Example: Join a weekly church prayer group or start a virtual prayer meeting with friends.

 5. Follow a Prayer Plan

A structured prayer plan or guide can help you stay focused and cover various aspects of prayer, such as adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication (ACTS).

Example: Structure your prayer time by using a daily devotional or a prayer guide app.

 6. Incorporate Prayer into Daily Activities

Incorporate prayer into your daily routines. Pray while doing everyday tasks like walking, commuting, or cooking. This practice helps in making prayer a natural part of your day. You can pray in the Spirit or sing in the Spirit to boost your Spirit.

Example: Say a short prayer of gratitude while having your morning coffee or pray for safety and guidance during your commute.

 7. Pray with Scripture

Using Bible verses as a prayer foundation can enrich your prayer life and keep you grounded in God’s word. This method can also provide inspiration and clarity on what to pray for.

Example: Start your prayer time by reading a Psalm and letting it guide your prayer focus.

 8. Set Prayer Reminders

Use technology to your advantage by setting reminders on your phone or using prayer apps that send notifications. These reminders prompt you to take a moment for prayer throughout the day.

Example: Set three reminders on your phone: one in the morning, one at midday, and one in the evening.

 9. Reflect and Review

Periodically reflect on your prayer habit and make adjustments as needed. If you struggle, reassess your approach and try different methods to strengthen your prayer life. Please make the assessment regularly, say weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Example: Every Sunday evening, review how well you’ve kept up with your prayer habit and plan any changes needed for the coming week.

 10. Pray with a Partner

Having a prayer partner can add an element of accountability and encouragement. Regularly praying with someone else can help you stay committed and provide mutual support.

Example: Find a friend or family member to pray with once a week, either in person or over the phone.

30 Bible Verses About consistency in prayer

 1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)

“Pray continually.”

 2. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

 3. Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

 4. Romans 12:12 (NIV)

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

 5. Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

 6. Luke 18:1 (NIV)

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

 7. Psalm 55:17 (NIV)

“Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”

 8. Daniel 6:10 (NIV)

“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

 9. Matthew 6:6 (NIV)

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

 10. Mark 1:35 (NIV)

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

 11. Acts 1:14 (NIV)

“They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”

 12. Acts 2:42 (NIV)

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

 13. James 5:16 (NIV)

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

 14. Luke 5:16 (NIV)

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

 15. 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”

 16. Psalm 5:3 (NIV)

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

 17. Psalm 88:13 (NIV)

“But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.”

 18. Nehemiah 1:6 (NIV)

“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.”

 19. Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 20. Luke 21:36 (NIV)

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

 21. Romans 8:26 (NIV)

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

 22. 1 Timothy 2:1 (NIV)

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.”

 23. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 24. Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”

 25. 1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.”

 26. Psalm 141:2 (NIV)

“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

 27. Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

 28. Colossians 1:9 (NIV)

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.”

 29. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

 30. Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

These bible verses encourage continuous communication with God, highlighting the power and necessity of prayer in various circumstances.

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Final thoughts

Everything in life requires having a consistent mindset, discipline and a grit mentality. This is true for building a consistent prayer life also; after reading this article, I believe you are more determined than ever to pray consistently. Remember always to engage the Holy Spirit and ask him for strength whenever you find it challenging to be consistent in the place of prayer.

SHALOM!

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