Day 2 | Pray Out Loud
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray Out Loud for 5-Minutes during your Scheduled Time and share what you learned below.
- Need help getting started? Try this—"God today I want to talk with you about..."
- Need content for your 5-minutes? Try things in the 5-F categories—faith, family, finance, fitness, and friends.
Goal: Praying for 5-minutes out loud
Fellas, thanks for joining me it's day two.
Now you may feel like you have done close to nothing so far, but you are wrong. Remember, the primary reason we don't engage in spiritual discipline is that we don't prioritize the time. That's it. So by scheduling time, you are making the daily space. Which could be the most important and meaningful thing you could do for the next 35 days.
But today, we are going to focus on praying during your calendar time. Today I am going to start by telling you your activity first and then explain it. Here's what I want you to do: Pray for 5-minutes out loud during your scheduled time.
Yes, I said out loud. Here is why. I think men don't pray because we are attempting to pray in our minds and not with our mouths. When we pray only in our mind, it requires a lot of mental focus, and we'll evidence shows we don't have a lot of that. Therefore we get distracted when we practice praying this way. Even I get distracted by stray thoughts and squirrels running around in my head when I don't pray out loud. You know it's true. This is because praying out loud makes us focus, express, and vocalize complete sentences and thoughts.
I believe Jesus prayed out loud most of the time, which is why we have many of His prayers written down by His followers.
So today as awkward as it is, I want you to pray during your set time for 5-minutes out loud. Talk with God about whatever you want, but you need to get over the inhibition of praying out loud quickly. Make sure you are in a quiet place, like your car or a private office, and then just talk to God—out loud for five total minutes. Note this instruction by Jesus in Matthew 6:6, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." If you have trouble understanding how to begin, just use this quick start phrase, "God today I want to talk with you about..." I wrote it below if you need it. If you also feel like you are lacking content for the 5-minutes, consider items in the 5-F categories; faith, family, finance, fitness, and friends.
After you have done this, comment below by sharing what you learned by praying out loud, and any tips for other guys that you think would be helpful.