(Kevin Senapatiratne) What if Christian leaders could come alongside you and give you a piece of advice or encouragement to help you have a great prayer life? What would they say? I asked these Christian leaders and here is what they had to say:

“I believe a good prayer life comes from ‘recognition’—recognizing God for who he is—our creator, savior and salvation, and us recognizing our deep need for Him. It’s important to set aside a certain time of the day to pray for a while. But it’s also important to ‘pray without ceasing’ throughout our day in things that we ‘recognize.’ —Mac Powell, Third Day (thirdday.com; Twitter: @macpowell).

“I am a big believer in praying consistently for the people I am discipling. I use my iPad to keep photos of the people I pray for weekly. I have photos of my family, close friends and the Timothys I am mentoring. During my prayer time, I flip through these photos to pray for them. I have found it to be a powerful and effective way to pray for the people I care about!” —Lee Grady, The Mordecai Project (leegrady.com; Twitter:@LeeGrady)

“The plans of God are only revealed in the presence of God. We don’t get our marching orders until we get on our knees! But if we hit our knees, God will take us places we never imagined going by paths we didn’t even know existed.” —Mark Batterson, New York Times Best-selling author of The Circle Maker(markbatterson.com; Twitter: @MarkBatterson) CONTINUE