Unlocking the Secrets to Consistent Prayer

Mercy Me Keeps Prayer Central

In a world that often feels like it’s spinning out of control, the need for a grounding force is more important than ever. As Christ followers that grounding force is our relationship with God, nurtured through prayer. But let’s be honest, sometimes maintaining a consistent prayer life can be a challenge. The contemporary Christian band Mercy Me share their personal thoughts for keeping prayer central in their lives.

Mike Scheuchzer starts us off with the power of routine. “I know everybody’s different, but for me, routine is super helpful. I get up about 6:30 in the morning and the house is just quiet for a little bit. I drink some coffee, open my Bible and just have that alone time”

Wisdom along those lines comes from Proverbs 6:6-8, which encourages us to consider the ways of the ant, a creature that prepares and stores its provisions without needing to be told.

By setting a routine, he’s creating a sort of “spiritual muscle memory,” making it easier to connect with God regularly. “When I get out of a rhythm, it throws me way off,” he admits.


If you’ve ever felt your prayer life wane during busy or stressful times, you know how crucial a stable routine can be. It’s like storing up spiritual provisions for the seasons when life gets tough.

Finding Stillness in the Chaos

Bart Millard, the band’s lead vocalist, offers a different but equally important perspective. “Me personally, I just try to find time to be still,” he shares. Whether he’s in the car or spending time with family, Bart emphasizes the importance of carving out moments for prayer and reflection.

In a world that demands our constant attention, taking time to be still can feel almost counter-cultural.

But, it’s in these quiet moments that we often hear God most clearly.

Bart acknowledges that it’s easy to let these moments slide, especially when life gets busy. “It can get away from me really quick,” he says. But he also says, “It’s just reminding yourself that, hey, this is worth fighting for.”

Making Prayer a Family Affair

Another point that Bart touches on is the importance of family prayer time. “It really is like being protective, like you would for… We’re gonna eat dinner together; we’re going to do those things that are important to you,” he says.


Bart’s words reminds us of Deuteronomy 6:6-7, which encourages us to impress God’s commandments on our children and discuss them when we sit at home or walk along the road.

Family prayer time isn’t just about asking for blessings or giving thanks; it’s about creating a spiritual legacy. It’s about teaching the next generation that prayer isn’t just something we do; it’s part of who we are.

Prioritize What Matters

Both Mike and Bart agree that making prayer a priority is essential. This is a practical application of Matthew 6:21, which tells us, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” If we treasure our relationship with God, then making time for prayer becomes a non-negotiable part of our lives.

The Apostle Paul had a similar sentiment when he talked about pressing on toward the goal in Philippians 3:14. The idea is not to give up but to keep striving for that deeper connection with God.

So, whether you’re a morning person finding God in the quiet dawn like Mike, or you snatch moments of stillness throughout a busy day like Bart, the key takeaway is to make that time with God a non-negotiable part of your life. It’s about making a conscious choice every day to prioritize your relationship with God.

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