On Sunday I encouraged OBC to grow in our relationship with God in three ways: (1) Pray a bunch of mini-prayers, like 'help me, save me, rescue me, give me strength,' (2) To find a window of time, anywhere from 5-10 minutes to speak to the Lord, realizing that He welcomes us into His presence, and (3) to talk to another believer about where we are in this area of prayer, and where we would like to see change.
Someone suggested a fourth recommendation and that is to find a way to capture prayers on paper through a journal or cards, etc. I think that is excellent! It involves the senses of seeing, and touching, which is an excellent weapon in the fight against distraction!
One more thought I would add to this. Over the last 24-36 hours, my mini-prayers have often not just been 'help me, save me, bless me, etc.' Often, I find myself thinking about someone in our church (or a friend or family member), and I find that my mini-prayer is directed toward them. It has gone something like this..."Give ________ wisdom. Give _________ strength. Give __________ a real sense of your presence and pleasure."