Prayer is the Christian’s call, but life is so busy. Here are three simple—but key—steps.

Three Keys to Consistent Prayer: God, Schedule, and Small Beginnings

by Adam Wittenberg
4/15/15 Prayer

Prayer is the Christian’s call, but life is so busy. In our ever-changing world, where distractions arise and schedules shift, there are lots of obstacles to a consistent prayer life. The good news is you’re not the only one to face these challenges!

Long before Mike Bickle started the International House of Prayer of Kansas City, he was a young man struggling to pray. He actually didn’t like prayer! But one of his leaders suggested two things that helped transform his prayer life: scheduling prayer times and making a prayer list.

We’re going to look at how to be consistent in prayer. Here are three simple—but key—steps:

  1. Ask God to help you make time for regular prayer. God gives wisdom to those who ask (Jas. 1:5), and He will help you as you ask Him. Jesus knew what it was like to have many things to do and a lot of demands on Him, yet He found time to pray (Mk. 6:30–46). He knows our challenges and will help us as we come before Him (Heb. 4:14–16).
  2. Put it in your schedule. Write (or type) it into your schedule or planner. Actually do this! If you treat prayer like an important meeting or appointment then you’ll be much more likely to keep it. You won’t keep it perfectly all the time, but you will pray much more if it’s in your calendar. And here you can make technology your friend—if you use a calendar on your computer or phone, set a reminder and alert that it’s time to pray.
  3. Stick with it. Like going to the gym, the “muscles” of prayer don’t develop overnight. Every new habit takes time to develop, so be disciplined and “don’t despise the day of small beginnings” (Zech. 4:10). If it would help you to stay more consistent in prayer, why not ask a peer or more mature believer to keep you accountable to your schedule? They may have other ideas to help you grow in prayer.

God delights in His people and wants us to talk with Him. In his book Growing in Prayer, Mike Bickle says, “As we come to know God as our tender Father and Jesus as the Bridegroom King, we are energized to seek God with all our strength and to experience new delight in our relationship with Him.” As we make time for prayer, we find the Spirit helping “in our weakness” (Rom. 8:26). Over time, we will cultivate a consistent and enjoyable prayer life!

Listen to Mike teach on practical ways to grow in prayer »

Adam Wittenberg


A Detroit native who was raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Adam worked as a newspaper journalist until 2012, when he moved to Kansas City to complete the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, he earned a four-year certificate in House of Prayer Leadership from IHOPU and is now on full-time staff in the Marketing department at IHOPKC. Adam is also active in evangelism and has a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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