4 Ways to Make Prayer A Priority

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Have you ever felt like you needed a reset in your prayer life? Whew. I’m glad I’m not the only one. For the last month or two, I’ve been working at a feverish pace, and this weekend when I began to think about how I’d like to pace myself until the end of this month, I realized one thing for sure. I must make a prayer at the top of my to-do list. So I began to scribble down a few ideas, and bottom line, I refreshed my mind on 4 ways to make prayer a priority. Would you like to join me in a prayer-refocusing adventure? Let’s go.

1. Remember to pray at the same time each day.

Just as Daniel made it his habit of praying morning, noon and night, so do we slow down to give thanks to God. Meals are a great way to remember to give thanks for our daily bread. Whether morning quiet time, meal times, or bedtime, maintaining regular times of prayer is always a great way to prioritize spending time talking to God. 

2. Pray during everyday routine moments.

When my little ones were babies, I did a lot of praying while I nursed them. While I don’t have any young ones, I still have many everyday routine moments that I use to pray. For this article, I quickly wrote down: washing hands, washing dishes, folding laundry, or while driving. My encouragement to you is to think of your heavenly Father during the regular everyday moments and talk to him. What are the routine moments you have on a regular day that you could use to pray? Maybe while drying your hair or putting on makeup.

3. Keep prayer reminders.

If I feel myself forgetting to take my burdens to the Lord, then I know I need to remind myself. How can I do this? One way is to keep a prayer list. I can post it to the fridge, keep it in my Bible, or leave it hanging where I know I’ll pass by it frequently.

If lists are not your thing, then use post-it notes. Draw praying hands on several post-it notes and place them in places where you want to pray. You could stick it to the car dashboard, bathroom mirror, or kitchen window.

The one prayer reminder I’ve found myself using the most is phone reminders. These are great, especially if you want to remember to pray for someone on their scheduled surgery day or important event.

4. Use a method of prayer.

What do I mean by a “method?” Begin your journal entry with the date and write freely. Or you could use the ACTS model of prayer, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Just follow the simple outline for each step. Or the CHAT model of prayer, as I’ve introduced to many others.

The ch@t Prayer Model

c- Cheer God on for who He is:

What fact about God makes you glad?

h- Humble yourself:

If Jesus took a tour of your heart, what would He find?

 @ Appreciate what He has done:

What happened in your life today that you can thank God for?

 t – Tell God your needs:

Where do you need God to work in your life?

You can download FREE printable prayer journal bookmarks or guides using this prayer model.

Alright, Friends. I needed this post as a reminder! I pray that sharing it with you was of the Father. I know he longs to draw each of us closer to him.




  1. Our women’s Bible study just finished one study and has a gap til the next one begins. I’m posting this article to encourage our women to pray!
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and “chat” – my prayer life has needed a jumpstart, and this is an answer to prayer!
    Blessings ?

  2. Hi Rachel! I stumbled on your site and I’m so glad I did! I’m a single woman preparing for my second 18-month mission term, this time to South Sudan. In all the craziness of getting ready before my departure next month, my prayer life has kind of fizzled out, but I know that I need to be praying now more than ever! Your suggestions are so simple and exactly what I needed to hear. It’s not rocket science – it’s just a matter of resetting my priorities. I think I make it too complicated a lot of the time… I like the ch@t model. Thanks for all the great resources on your site, I’m looking forward to exploring!

  3. Stephanie Markos says:

    Good morning Rachel,
    This very posting of yours is an answered prayer.
    I have a ten month old, we are moving from Miami to Boston in less than a month, I’m working part time… I have a lot of things on my plate and lately I find myself praying less and even falling asleep while I pray
    Life is busy these days but I am so thankful for your blog.
    God speaks to me through it.
    I prayed and asked God to show me how to be disciplined about prayer.
    See, I would spend quality time with The Lord on a daily basis before specially while I was pregnant and fell in love with spending time with God.
    Thank you so much for this.
    May The Lord bless you and your beautiful family always and may He grant you the desires of your heart

    1. wow, Stephanie. Thank you for your sweet encouragement, especially in the midst of your move! Praying the Lord’s blessings on you.

  4. Have you heard of the Echo app? It lets you create your prayer list on your phone and then set reminders for certain prayer requests. I love it!

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