Six Tips for A Better Prayer Life

Do you make excuses? 

Do you have excuses when it comes to prayer?What if God doesn’t hear you? Time is rushed. Can I encourage you to keep going? Those excuses can be easy fixed! Keep reading for six tips for a better prayer life. 

Prayer is something that all Christians do. 
It is something that all Christians want to do better. 
But we struggle with the most.

It seems so easy to say to a child:
“Close your eyes and bow your head.”
“Just talk to God.”

I used to make excuses as to why I did not devote the time I should to prayer. But those excuses were reasons why NOT to pray. So instead, let’s take our excuses and change them to why this is the perfect reason TO pray! 

1. I am unworthy. The sin of yesterday and of today sometimes way on my heart.  Of course we are unworthy – that is why confession is such an important part of prayer. When we come to God, He will cleanse us from our sins – DAILY. Keeping a short sin account is so vital to having a healthy relationship with God.  However, that does not mean I have to be perfect, but I realize all the grace that is available to me.  I strive to abide in that grace daily.

2. There are just too many people to pray for. – Do you have a list of people you pray for? I have decided to stop focusing on ALL the people I could pray for. I am sure your lists is a mile high as well.  Instead, I allow the Lord to bring to mind who He wants me to pray for.  So I have found myself praying for people I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

3. I do not have the time. – One of the sections in this book that you pray every day is “Acknowledgement” – which is basically giving to God our heart, mind, and our life for that day. What if we gave God our “To-Do Lists.” Yes, I will make plans, but God directs my steps. I have stopped worrying how I will “get it all done.” Friend, God will help us when we have given over to Him our plans for the day.

4. I do not have any quiet time. – As a mother of little ones, I find it very hard sometimes to find a quiet moment. Most of my moments are interrupted quiet moments. No longer is that my excuse. Sometimes I get the children busy doing something, and I retreat up to my room. Maybe I’ll be interrupted two or three times in the twenty or thirty minutes it takes me to read and pray But I press on. I do not let those interruptions let me lose my goal: spending time with God. My life will always have interruptions.  That can no longer be an excuse.

Those are my excuses.  You may not have the same hindrances to prayer as I do. What are your prayer excuses?  Time? Energy? Sin? Lack of knowledge? Lack of desire?

Let’s start praying.  Because prayer is worth it!

Try these six tips for a better prayer life!

Six Tips for a Better Prayer Life

1. Make it a priority. You make time for the things you care about.
2. Get a prayer journal.  There is something concrete and intimate about writing out your prayers.
3. Get a guide. Beth’s guide I’ve included below, or find one you like better.
4. Do not make your prayers long.
5. Just start.
6. Strive to daily set that time apart for prayer.

Beth Moore’s Guide: P.R.A.I.S.E
Praise – Give God glory.
Repentance – Confess your sin.
Acknowledgement – Submit yourself to His authority
Intercession – Pray for others.
Supplication – Pour out your heart to God.
Equipping – Ask for God’s help for your own life.

What tips would you add to list?

If you are struggling to keep organized when it comes to your prayer life, can I offer this FREE guide!? 

A Free Prayer Guide

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Sarah E. Frazer is a writer and Bible study mentor at She is the wife of Jason and mother of five who all serve as full-time missionaries in Honduras. Her passion is to encourage women to fall in love with the Bible. Sarah is the author of several Bible study resources for women. She shares tools for deep-rooted Bible study at Follow her on Instagram ( and join her free prayer challenge at

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  1. I swear you and I are on the same brain wave recently! I’ve been really trying to improve my prayer life as well (and just wrote 2 posts about that for next week! Haha) I love everything you said. I hadn’t thought about those aspects of prayer yet. There are so many things to think about when it comes to prayer. Thanks for the great inspiration! -Jess

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