Make Your Prayers a Priority
If your prayers don’t mean anything to you, they mean even less to God.
A lot of people pray, but few people pray effectively. When you negotiate with God as if you’re making some kind of deal (”God, if You do this, then I will do such and such”), you’re not praying effectively. If you pray only when you’re in trouble, you’re not praying effectively (God’s not a magic genie). Praying when you’re exhausted and barely able to keep your eyes open (which means you’ll fall asleep as soon as you close your eyes to pray) is not effective.
Effective prayer doesn’t just happen; it takes effort, devotion, and discipline. Think of prayer like a muscle–the more you exercise it, the stronger it will get. On the other hand, if you neglect your prayer muscle for long periods of time and then suddenly activate it only in emergencies, don’t be surprised if the results are less than you hope for.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.