Are You Prayed Up in These 4 Areas of your Life?

“Are you prayed up?” This question caught me off guard when I found myself complaining to my high school teacher. When I was younger, I began a Bible study with the goal of reaching my entire school for Christ. As you can imagine, progress was slow. There were times when huge crowds gathered to study and other times when there were just a handful of students. 

During a busy season, I found myself sitting alone with Mrs. Francisco waiting for someone, anyone, to show up for the lesson. When I began complaining, she cut me off and asked, “Are you prayed up?” Honestly, I wasn’t, and I found my motivations getting out of line. That evening I began talking with God about my discouragement, purpose, and motivations in leading the study. 

Throughout the years, I’ve seen God move in big ways to answer prayers from His followers. Here are a few challenges to get you prayed up in these 4 big areas of your life.


Are you prayed up for your personal walk with God? Although this should be our top priority we often neglect our own walk with the Lord. When was the last time you cared for your own soul? When have you taken the time to build strong foundations in your relationship with Jesus? To become prayed up, you must be honest with God, sharing with Him your innermost thoughts. Thank Him for showing you true and perfect love. Ask Him to drawn near to you as you draw near to Him.

Are you prayed up for your family? Colossians 3:13 challenges us to “make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Often times those who are closest to us, are those who hurt us the most. To be prayed up for our family, we must forgive any hurt and see our family as God sees them. Pray for the children in your family to learn that in obeying their parents, they obey God. Ask God to give your family patience and to show kindness to one another. Take a few minutes to pray 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 over your family.

Are you prayed up for your church? The mission of the church is to make disciples who make disciples and thus impact God’s kingdom forever! Pray bold prayers for God to use you and those in the church to make disciples. 1 John 5:14 says, “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.” Pray for the leaders in your church and ask God to continually help each member in the church take their next step in obedience. 

Are you prayed up for your work? In Colossians 3:17, Paul says, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Whether you are a teacher in front of a group of students, or an accountant in front of a computer screen, your job can be worship towards God each and every day. In verse 23, Paul goes on to say, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” To get prayed up, ask God to give you a heart of worship in your work. Repent for the times you have failed, and go into your job with a new heart. 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

5 Simple Reasons Why We Should Pray

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Most Christians agree that a committed prayer time is the mark of a dedicated follower of Jesus but yet most Christians struggle to maintain a regular prayer life. Here are 5 simple reasons why we should pray and a mobile app that has helped me develop a stronger daily prayer habit.

Because Jesus modeled and taught prayer.

Mark 1:35 – It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.

Luke 6:12 – On one of those days, Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray. He spent the night praying to God.

Because God is our Father.

Psalm 68:5 – A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

Romans 8:14 – Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

Because God cares.

Romans 5:6-8 – At just the right time Christ died for ungodly people. He died for us when we had no power of our own. It is unusual for anyone to die for a godly person. Maybe someone would be willing to die for a good person. But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psalm 103:13 – A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him.

Because God is powerful.

Psalm 104:1-4 – I will praise the Lord. Lord my God, you are very great. You are dressed in glory and majesty. The Lord wraps himself in light as if it were a robe. He spreads out the heavens like a tent. He builds his palace high in the heavens. He makes the clouds serve as his chariot. He rides on the wings of the wind. He makes the winds serve as his messengers. He makes flashes of lightning serve him.

Romans 8:27-28 – God, who looks into our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit. And the Spirit prays for God’s people just as God wants him to pray. We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. He appointed them to be saved in keeping with his purpose.

Because God’s Word commands us to pray.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Never stop praying.

Romans 12:12 – When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.

Philippians 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.


PrayerMate is an easy to navigate prayer app that seeks to help you actually pray for all the people and causes you care about. PrayerMate brings all your prayer points together. Whether it’s your personal prayer points for friends and family, regular updates from some fantastic mission organizations, or biblical examples of prayer, PrayerMate puts it all together in one place and helps you focus and pray.