I will be offering an idea a day for those of you who are looking for ideas in how to accomplish your prayer commitment.
Idea number one isn’t grand but it I believe it removes one of the biggest barriers to praying.
Go to bed earlier so you can get up earlier
It doesn’t matter if it is one hour or ten minutes. Setting your alarm for an earlier time than usual is daunting if you are rolling into bed around 11:15. But what if you were in bed by 10:00pm. You can joyously set that alarm for 30 minutes less sleep and still get an extra 45 minutes of sleep. I believe the enemy is more able to have his way with us the more tired we are. Part of establishing a healthy prayer life is establishing a healthy life and that means getting enough sleep. Many of us are running on fumes of exhaustion. Go to bed earlier! Part two of this idea is get up earlier. This time is all yours. You get to dictate what happens with it. You can choose to give it to God and spend time talking with Him. My experience is that when I do this he multiplies the hours of my day even though they are the same as everyone else. I can’t explain it but it just seems to work that way. So sometime this week go to bed earlier and get up earlier and use some of that extra time praying. In the words of Bill Hybels title book, you are “too busy not to pray.”