Ways to recharge your prayer life

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Spirit pray through you in a deeper, messier and nois­ier way.

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Com­bine fast­ing with prayer. Fast­ing is not a way to bribe God. You do not need to for­feit food to get His at­ten­tion. But fast­ing helps you fo­cus on the Lord — and it can in­ten­sify prayer power. There are cer­tain spir­i­tual ob­sta­cles that need an ex­tra push. When speak­ing of a demon that needed to be cast out, Je­sus told His dis­ci­ples: “But this kind does not go out ex­cept by prayer and fast­ing” (Matt. 17:21). If you are hit­ting a spir­i­tual brick wall, it may be time to fast.

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Do a night watch. I am not the kind of guy who typ­i­cally gets up at 3 a.m. to pray. I like my sleep! But there are mo­ments in our lives when the Lord may woo you to spend time with Him in the night hours. In Song of Solomon, the bride hears her Beloved call­ing her to get out of bed (5:2-6) and she doesn’t re­spond quickly enough. Many of us are too dis­tracted by the busy­ness of life to hear God call us to a sea­son of prayer. Yet the Lord is look­ing for peo­ple who will carry His bur­dens. Will you let Him pray through you?

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Ex­pect God to fill in the gaps. I used to fight dis­cour­age­ment about my prayer life be­cause I didn’t feel my pray­ers were pow­er­ful enough. But then I read Eph­e­sians 3:20 in a new light. It says God is able “to do far more abun­dantly be­yond all that we ask or think”

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