8 Tips for a Fulfilling Devotional Time – Tip #6| By Angela Howard

by | Nov 29, 2012

In my last post I shared Tip #5—Use a Devotional to Help
Keep You on Track
.  Joanna wrote an
incredible testimony on Facebook this week about this very topic: “[Tip #5] corresponds beautifully with a conversation I had with
one of the ladies who is using At theFeet of Jesus.  ‘It just makes me
hungry to get into God’s Word,’ she told me. 
‘I’m spending more time really studying the Bible.’ Love it!!!  That was our prayer from the beginning.”
It is so encouraging to see God using the
devotional to draw people closer to Jesus. 
He is faithful!

#6 Use a prayer list

Rick Warren writes, “The more you pray, the less you’ll
panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and
less pressured.”[i]

We can get so overwhelmed by all the needs around us that
we give up on praying for them before we really begin.  If you are anything like me you might want to
discuss the issue more than pray for it!  But when we bring our burdens and concerns to
God we are less likely to fall into anxiety and despair.  God is the great burden bearer!  He is waiting to hear from us and release us
from the false belief that it is all up to us.

Tips for Your Prayer List:

up with a small list
—This list consists of things you would like
to regularly pray for. In the beginning, try not to allow the list to get
longer than ten things or you may become overwhelmed and not pray at all. This
is a huge help if your mind tends to wonder.
Prayer Cards
—I have a large family and praying for everyone
can be a little daunting.  We have listed
our family members on 3×5 cards and choose a few at a time to focus on.  My children also participate in this, and it
has helped them feel more connected to their family and realize the value and
power of prayer.

your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The
earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.  James 5:16 (
How have you seen prayer lift your burdens
and “produce wonderful results?”
: On
November 8thJoanna and I had the joy of connecting with many of you
through a live webcast about the launch of the new devotional At the Feet of Jesus.
For those of you who were unable to join us you can view it here.

Angela is an
inspirational and educational speaker who teaches the hard truths of God’s Word
in a fun and relevant way. She is also a writing assistant to Joanna Weaver,
author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. Whatever she is doing, she has
a passion to see spiritual growth and an increased sense of purpose in people’s
lives. Angela and her husband Michael graduated from Northwest University in
1997 and have been married for 17 years and have 2 children. They currently live
in Washington State.

You can follow her
on her blog at
No Ordinary

[i] Warren, Richard. The
Purpose of Christmas
. New York: Howard, 2008. Print.

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