Want to kick-start your prayer life during 2019?
Research shows that those who have an active prayer life are more likely to have a healthy mind and lifestyle* than those who don’t pray!
I'm Michelle Eyre, founder of Discovering Prayer. It's our vision to inspire everyone to have a joyful and fulfilling relationship with God.
I'm part of a team that's dedicated to helping you to have a more healthy mind and lifestyle. More than that, I believe that prayer helps us to have a deeper and richer relationship with God.
The most compelling people to tell you about the transformative impact of Discovering Prayer are those who have taken part...
Tim Pottle's story:
'It's my birthday today and before the rest of the family got up I reflected on my year. It has been one of the best years in terms of my relationship with God that I have ever had, and I put this largely down to Discovering Prayer.
In it you have given me an accessible means by which I can regularly experience God in my life and regularly place my life before God.
I have discovered a way that I can calmly come before God wherever I am and as a result I have found myself more content, more aware and more resilient.
Thank you for all you and your team are doing. The work you are doing is having a deep, deep, deep impact in people's lives.'
Your Prayer Challenge
Enrol in the Discovering Prayer Course to take part for two weeks to kick start your prayer life in 2019.
5 guided Christian meditations to help motivate you to pray
insight into new ways of praying, that help you make time to pray
experience of 5 different ways of praying, to find out what works best for you
advice on prayer through an email series that will help you keep on track.
A further gift for 2019 - On your marks... get set... REST
You can access to 101 Ways to Get Going and Keep Going with Prayer by Michelle Eyre.
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Ever been so busy you don’t have time to think let alone pray?
At Discovering Prayer, we believe that prayer is vital. Prayer enriches our lives, provides a framework for a balanced life and equips us to be a force for good in our communities.
Jesus knew what it was like to be in a spin, with no time to spare. He said:
'"Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while," For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.' (Mark 6.31)
At Discovering Prayer, our inspiration is to follow the example of Jesus. When his friends were tired from the pressures of the day, he invited them to come with him to a quiet place and rest for a time.
Read on for some Top Tips for developing a healthy prayer life. They are taken from the longer ebook 101 Ways to Get Going and Keep Going With Prayer. Consider it a New Year’s gift from us to you! It comes with our prayers that this will be the start of your journey to rest with Jesus.
Think of prayer as part of a healthy lifestyle, one in which there is a rhythm that allows for work, rest, looking after yourself and sleep.
Ask God for help.
Only listen to advice from others that is actually helpful to you! It may be that someone else is managing to get up at 5 a.m. to pray or meditate, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a good time for the rest of us.
The aim is to establish a pattern of prayer, work, rest and relaxation that helps to develop your relationship with God. So deciding to pray, like taking up any activity, might involve being intentional and making a plan for gradually shaping a life of prayer, work, rest, looking after ourselves and sleep.
Plan for success. Consider each of the sections below and plan some experiments with different types of prayer to find what works best for you.
Prayer can be thought of as a circle which starts with God the Father reaching out to us. So our efforts are not the main point, rather it’s learning to more fully engage with God who is already there for us. (Hosea 11:2)
2. Evaluation: What do you do now?
Take a look at what you already do, and get into the right frame of mind for introducing more prayer into your life.
Be conscious of what you already do. If you think that you don’t pray at all, spend a few days really noticing what you actually do. You may find that you offer short prayers for others, or reflect in silence as you journey from one place to the next. Perhaps you pray more than you think you do?
Learn from psychologist Prof Steve Peters, who helped to train Olympic athletes. His book The Chimp Paradox has suggestions that are applicable to our context of learning to get going and keep going with prayer.
Change the way you think about prayer. Think of it as being part of a natural rhythm of life, not a tricky skill that needs to be mastered.
Make a decision that you are no longer doing battle with yourself by trying to pray, but instead learning what helps you to pray, in a way that’s right for you.
Be realistic and accept before you start that some things will work, and some things won’t. Refrain from beating yourself up when things don’t work out how you hope.
See if you can laugh at yourself when you fail – none of us is perfect after all and God delights in us just as we are.
3. Setting out: Removing Barriers to Prayer
Try and put in place some strategies to support yourself into a daily prayer routine and remove any roadblocks before you get started.
Identify what stops you from praying or meditating. Some people feel guilty that they don’t pray and it seems this is a big block to gently exploring prayer.
If you do feel guilty, or that you used to have a rhythm of prayer but now you can’t seem to stick to it, it may be that the old ways no longer work for your current situation. The real issue is not that we can no longer pray, but that at a different stage in life we may need a different type of prayer or a different routine.
Having identified blocks to prayer think about solutions. For example, if you have children, perhaps make sure they have something to do and let them know when you’re starting and stopping prayer, so they can join in if they like, or do something else if not.
If you’ve tried praying or meditating in the morning and consistently failed to get up. How about trying the evening?
4. Travel well
Have a think about the best time for you to pray, for how long, and the best location for you.
Time - Ask yourself: when is the easiest time to pray? It is likely that God is guiding you to a way of prayer that’s best for you, and that might be a form of prayer that feels easiest. For example, some people like to pray with Bible notes, others meditate on the Bible, some like to listen to audio meditations, and others are drawn to silent adoration.
Place - Think about where you pray, because the act of setting up a prayer place may help you to commit to having a time aside with God.
Duration - Be kind to yourself and start with a duration that’s manageable. If you can find two minutes twice a day to brush your teeth, perhaps you could find a similar amount to pray? If you think that it’s not much, try it and see. Just stop for a couple of minutes and linger over the Lord’s Prayer.
At Discovering Prayer, we believe that everything starts with prayer. Prayer enriches our lives, provides a framework for a balanced life and equips us to be a force for good in our communities.
Are you ready to take our challenge to get going and keep going with prayer?
Want to become a member Discovering Prayer?
If you like the guided audio meditation you can become a member of Discovering Prayer. We offer a range of membership starting from £5 per month (paid annually). We also have a bursary fund to support those who are not in a position to pay - or for those who wish to contribute more.