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I’m just going to say it: Prayer can be boring sometimes.
I know I shouldn’t feel that way. Prayer should be this amazing time of communication between us and God.. but sometimes it’s just a little dry.
I want to spice up my prayer life.
I don’t think God wants prayer to be something we dread doing. Prayer is our way of communicating with Him, and if we actually enjoyed praying, we’d do it a whole lot more.
So here are 4 creative ways to pray:
Trying to sit still with hands folded is a sure fire way for me to become scatterbrained and distracted whilst I’m trying to pray. So one time, one of my friends suggested that I pray while using play-doh.
And you know what? It worked.
Simply having something to do with my hands enabled me to pray a much more focused prayer.
So if you’re like me and find it hard to focus when your hands are still, grab a container of play-doh and start molding things while you pray.
You can even make shapes of the things you’re praying for! :)
Get out paint and a brush (or just use your fingers) and paint whilst you pray.
You can paint a picture to God or paint key words from your prayer, or combine the two and paint a picture with words overlayed.
This is something I have recently begun to do, and I love it.
I turn on worship music and use watercolors to paint a picture while I pray. And then sometimes I’ll incorporate words from a song or a Bible verse onto the painting.
3. Write a Psalm
The Psalms of the Bible are beautiful poems written to God. I love reading through them to gain inspiration to know how to pray.
Then one day I wondered, Why not write my own psalm to God? So I did, and it was a great way for me to express myself to Him.
Some days I’m not in the artsy mood, but I still want to pray in a way that’s out of the norm. So I write, because I’ve always loved to write. (Go figure, a blogger who loves to write, LOL!)
Click here for an example of a psalm I wrote after I lost my job this semester.
4. Go on a Prayer Walk
Need a way to pray that involves movement? Take a walk! And pray as you walk for the people and places you see around you.
Some ideas of where you could go prayer walking:
- Down your street
- On a nature trail
- Around the outside of your church
- Around your local high school
- Through a mall
- Through Walmart
I love prayer walking! Since I live in Texas, I just have to be mindful of the time of day that I go prayer walking. I went prayer walking around my church the other night around 6 and it was SO hot.
So if you live down south like me, keep the weather in mind as you prepare to go on a prayer walk. :)
Bonus: Prayer Journaling
I haven’t really kept up with prayer journaling as much as I’d like, but it’s definetly a fun and creative way to pray.
The other day I shared 12 blog posts to help us start prayer journaling. I’d encourage you to check that post out and explore the links I shared. They’re jam-packed with good ideas :)
Today, I want to challenge you to try out one of these methods.
Play-doh, paint, psalm, walk, or journal.
Try one out and see if you like it. :)
The important thing is that you pray. Not how you pray. God will hear your prayer no matter how you help yourself focus on Him.