Two things happened to boost my prayer life. I have always been a person who prays, but within the last few years, I added two things to my intimate moments with Abba Father.
I started praying out loud. Maybe that's a no-brainer for you but I was a "pray in my head" kind of person. I know that Elohim hears my thoughts, but He showed me something in my dream. He showed me that I actually need to hear my prayers while I speak them. Once I started doing so, the prayer intensity went up. Also, my mind doesn't wander as much when I speak the prayers.
I realized that there is power in the the spoken word. After all, demons flee at the mention of His mighty name.
After, I started praying out loud, I often found myself at a loss for words. For many centuries Jews and Christians have had written prayers. Many people will read out or recite memorized prayers every day.
I was reading through Psalms one morning, when I realized that this is a prayer book. It was David's prayer book. It is the Word of God. That means it has power -life and death kind of power. Spiritual warfare kind of power. Yeshua prayed Psalms, even on the cross.
I was in a pretty rough patch in my life a few years back. I was actually being bullied and stalked by a co-worker. I started reading these prayers. I found particular comfort and power in the prayers where King David was being persecuted. This helped me to have 100% faith in the protection and power of my King. This helped to keep me from the fleshly defensiveness that often ends up getting us in deeper trouble.
Just as David was protected, and vindicated in due time, so was I. It is so peaceful to be hiding in the shadow of the Savior's wings.
Have you prayed the Psalms? Try this one and see what I mean.
1. Blessed is the man1
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of fscoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.