New Summer Blog Series: Coach Me To Pray

Coach Me To Pray: #1

How’s your prayer life? That’s a question not many of us like to answer because not many of us are happy with the answer.

A few years ago we took a survey of peoples’ prayer lives and found that only 25% were satisfied with prayer, which meant 75% were not. I’m no math whiz, but that sounds like three out of four people were not happy with the most important conversation of their life.

So there’s that question again: How’s your prayer life?

I think life’s too short not to enjoy prayer. Enjoying prayer is enjoying the Father. I think deep down all of us want to enjoy the Father, we just don’t know how to get there. Prayer is a means to get there.

Two of my passions are prayer and coaching. The Father has led me to a unique approach to prayer—find your best prayer types and pray that way. The Father has also led me to embrace coaching as a means of change and growth.

I’ve seen the wonderful results that coaching can deliver—people getting past obstacles, gaining new awareness, moving into new jobs, accomplishing goals. Coaching is about asking where you are now, where do you want to go, what’s in your way, and how can you get there? Coaching is a means of grace.

And I’ve seen the tender and true results of prayer—intimacy with the Father, growing in likeness of Jesus, empowerment by the Spirit, equipping to serve. Prayer is about connecting with God so you can become all you are meant to become and do all you are meant to do. Prayer is a means of grace.

What if we took a coach approach to prayer?

What if we made “better prayer” the outcome of coaching? What if we assessed where we are now in our prayer lives, then decided where we wanted to go in prayer, then identified what’s getting in our way, then made plans to get to where we want to go?

What if we combined coaching and prayer? That’s what this summer blog series is all about.

As a Certified Professional Life Coach and an author on prayer, I’d like to lead you through a summer of posts combining coaching and prayer. I don’t know exactly where it’ll lead or if anyone will come along, but I know it’s something I need, and if it’s something I need, maybe you do, too.

Listen, I’m pretty busy and you probably are too. But what if we took this summer to work on our prayer lives by taking a coach approach?

Do me a favor—imagine three months from now when the summer is over. How do you want to answer the question, “How’s your prayer life?”

It could keep going the way it’s going. Or you could take this summer to improve.

So who’s with me?

If you are, answer this in comment field below: Where do you want your prayer life to be in three months?

Chris Heinz is the Founder and CEO of Munyay, which creates coaching tools to help you love your life and work. He's also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc. and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Certified Professional Life Coach, and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Chris enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. He blogs often at

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9 thoughts on “New Summer Blog Series: Coach Me To Pray

  1. Prayer Life is good, but definitely open for improvements which will make my relationship even that much sweeter with my Lord. Keeping a prayer journal helps. Looking forward to your encouraging words from God’s word and getting closer to Him! Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Chris — this is just what I need! By August 31st I want to have identified my prayer styles and be practicing them daily for more conscious contact with God. I also hope to draw nearer to the others who come along on this journey with you.

  3. Hi Chris,
    FYI: There is a bi-monthly online prayer meeting for Christian coaches going on a CCNI.
    ~ Michael

  4. I want to experience a more intimate relationship with God. I can’t get past the mainstream religious training that makes God distant from me. I also have trouble stilling my mind enough to focus on prayer.

  5. I know He is with me and I talk to Him all throughout my days but I’m also open to all that God has purposed for me, particularly in my relationship with Him. So whatever He has me to learn – I am open to it. Thanks for sharing this Chris.

  6. Thank you for the invitation to read your blog on prayer. I’m looking forward to reading it and joining others in making my life – a “Life of Prayer.” I appreciated your comment: “Enjoying prayer is enjoying the Father.” So true! I’ve been finding, too, that prayer is truly a way to keep company with Jesus throughout the day.

  7. In three months, I would like for my prayer life to be real. I would like to be able to talk to God in spirit and in truth. Without praying because of my own desires for my life, but for his. And through my prayers, I would like to know that without any doubt that God cares. I also would like for my prayer life to be something I know I can’t live without on a daily basis, instead of always forgetting to pray. Most times at the end of the day. This is something I’ve been struggling with daily, but I know that God is calling me to speak with him concerning my life. I want a relationship with him. My life is just a huge distraction to getting there.