10 practical ways to inject more prayer time into our daily lives





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Often times we go to church, hear an awesome message that speaks to our core, then walk out that church door only to revert back to our old sins and forget about God. Here are 10 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS of how we can grow in our faith on a daily basis.





Below are 10 (questionably out there) SUPER practical tips to bring God into the forefront of your life:


1. Bedtime thankfulness

Spend 5 minutes right before bed praying to God for what you are thankful for that day.


2. Bathroom notes

Use your bathroom wisely. Keep a laminated sheet in your shower or next to your toilet or bathroom mirror with prayer requests or scriptures that move you


3. Car post-it

Keep a post it on your car dashboard saying "praise Jesus". Why is this important? A. whenever you're at a red light, you can look down and remember to praise Jesus. B. whenever you're stuck in LA traffic and getting frustrated, you can look down and praise Jesus. C. whenever you have passengers in your car, they will come inside and see your post-it, and it will spark conversation/ potential evangelism. This is especially useful if you're not the type of person to stand on street corners asking people to believe nor the type to wear a cross (and even if you are, the cross necklace has become so embedded in pop culture that it wouldn't be the most effective tool for outside engagement anyways).


4. Build-up reminder

Put a reminder in your phone to text one person every day to tell them why you value them. According to Paul, "Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up" - Romans 15.2. Thus, it is important that we A. maintain a thankful heart and B. build others up.


5. Read the bible each morning

Some of us find the most peace in the morning and may fall asleep while reading right before bed. If that's you, perhaps you want to consider using that time as you come to wakefulness to dedicate to God. I know many people who spend 15 to 30 minutes each morning in prayer. The best part is, is that it sets your day up for success and a mindset that is in line with God's vision of how we ought to live.


6. Bible apps

Bible Apps are a great way to hold yourself accountable. Below are a few that I've used and can vouch for:

  1. Bible (obvious choice. provides daily versus and ability to highlight key text)
  2. Holy Bible Offline (in case you're about to go on a trip to somewhere without internet)
  3. GoTandem (great for building up discipline when it comes to scripture reading)
  4. PrayerMate (to manage and remind you on your various prayer topics)


7. Forgiveness reminder

Much like the "build-up reminder", another useful tip is to consider a "forgiveness reminder". Take a second to stop and think, "what if I were to die tomorrow?" In truth, you might. Granted, the chances are small...but it is still possible. As the bible says, ""Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil." - Ephesians 4:26.


8. Subscribe to a church podcast

Maybe you just moved to a new city and are still looking for a church. Maybe you simply missed service. Maybe you regularly attend a local church but just love to constantly fill up with the word---whatever the case may be, consider a church or christian podcast to supplement your weekly enlightenment and encouragement. By subscribing, it will automatically put itself into your daily feeds...serving as just another way of bringing God from the outside in.


9. Volunteer

As it says in 1 Peter 4:10, " Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." The two most important things we can do in life is grow and give. If you have even the slightest amount of bandwidth to support others, I highly encourage you to do so. Perhaps you're wondering how you can serve? A couple options would be:

Go to your church leadership and see if there's a way to serve at church

Consider joining our own ministry, CMLA (we are always in need of more matchmakers, content creators, marketers, general business experts)

Call up and elderly center and see if they need any volunteers

There's also tons of opportunities advertised online. Here's a few that I've found from a quick google search: losangelesmission.org, volunteermatch.org, laworks.com, volunteer.lamayor.org.


10. Meditation and prayer reminder

I have a reminder on my phone for 5:30 pm everyday (I chose 5:30 because by then my workload has died down). When my alarm goes off, I hard stop whatever I'm doing (except when driving...as I don't want to die). I then take a step back and meditate for 3-4 minutes. I always start with meditation first to put me into the correct head-space. From there, I move into prayer for another 3-4 minutes. In going into prayer, you can consider following the ACTS format:

Adoration: Give God praise and honor for who he is as Lord over all.

Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.

Thanksgiving: Verbalize what you're grateful for in your life and in the world around you.

Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.


In summary...

There's many ways you can go about incorporating your faith into your life at a level that works best for your own personal walk with the Lord. Note that according to research it takes on average about 2 months to form a new habit. Try to stick with these easy life changes and see what happens!



Do you have other practical tips you've used in your life to bring more Godliness into your life? We'd love to hear them! Feel free to add them in the discussion section below!