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Faith Blog

#4: What’s Your “Dream” Prayer Life?

Jun 22, 2018 9:40:49 AM / by Chris Heinz

Psalm 84 says, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty.”

So you may have dreams for different parts of your life—your dream marriage, your dream children, your dream friends, your dream job, your dream house, your dream body, your dream bank account, your dream retirement. We could go on.

But let me ask you—have you thought about your "dream" prayer life?

Psalm 84 says, “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD.”

We have many dreams for the different parts of our life, but we seldom have any dreams for our prayer life. This is ironic because prayer is the root of our relationship with God. Prayer is where God loves us. Prayer helps us become who we’re meant to be, so we can do what we’re meant to do. Prayer is how we remain in Him.

So why don’t we have more dreams for our prayer life? I'm so glad we're on this prayer coaching journey together.

Psalm 84 says, “My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.”

Now that you’ve taken account of your present prayer life, you can dream about the future. This is where you ask the “future” question for your prayer life. It explores your vision for what could be. In a perfect world, how would prayer work? How would it go for you? What are the possibilities?

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Psalm 84 says, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.”

With this question, you dream a better future than the one you observed in the present question. Without the present question, you wouldn't know where to start, but now you do. You begin where you are, then you dream outward and upward.

What would you like to see happen in prayer? If you woke up one day and your problems with prayer were solved, what would that mean for you?

Psalm 84 says, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

Exploring an alternative future raises you above your current conditions so you can see something different ahead. With the spirit of an explorer you ask, "Where do I want to go in prayer?"

This is where you dream about your prayer life. When you’re not rushed or distracted, explore the following questions about your prayer life. Write out your answers in a journal or on this worksheet.

As you do, let the Holy Spirit coach you to pray.

 Download the worksheet

 

What words would describe your “dream” prayer life?

How would you like to feel about your prayer life?

What outcomes or results would your “dream” prayer life produce?

If you woke up tomorrow and you had your “dream” prayer life, what difference would that make for you?

How would your “dream” prayer life impact your walk with God?

What dreams might God have for your prayer life?

Alright, that's enough with the questions. Nice job. Remember, we have many dreams for the different parts of our life, but we seldom have any dreams for our prayer life. Now you do. If you want to keep on dreaming, by all means, keep on dreaming.

Psalm 84 says, “Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”

 

Topics: Prayer, Faith

Chris Heinz

Written by Chris Heinz

Chris Heinz is the Founder 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., where he increased corporate engagement scores by 52%. Chris holds professional coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation, and is a Learning Partner with Penn State. He enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. Chris' writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." He’s the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. Chris lives with his wife and three children in central Pennsylvania, where they play at their cabin-on-a-creek.