A Proactive (vs Reactive) Prayer Life

Is your prayer life proactive or reactive?

For those of you who don’t know, I am a dental hygienist. I work a couple days a week at an amazing general dentistry office. I’m blessed with amazing patients, co-workers, and employers. It’s truly a blessing to continue my career but also be able to spend the rest of the week at home with my boys. It’s been such a blessing to attain this work-life balance.

In the world of dentistry, we can be either proactive or reactive.

We can be proactive – meaning we can take radiographs to detect decay or infection before it becomes symptomatic, or we can clean teeth before infection and gum disease have a chance to wreak havoc on the oral structures.

We can also be reactive – meaning we can take radiographs after decay and infection have become symptomatic, or we can clean teeth after gum disease has progressed to a destructive phase.

Much like dentistry, our prayer lives can be either proactive or reactive.

We can pray when things are going well, thanking God and showing appreciation for every thing He provides. We can be proactive with our prayers – and we can pray no matter what.

Or we can turn to God only when we need something, or when we need results. We can be reactive with our prayers and only pray when our lives are in crisis mode.

I’m a firm believer that God will provide. He knows your needs in every situation.


When is the last time you thanked God for something in your life?

Are your prayers proactive or reactive? Do you pray no matter what? Or do you pray only when you are in crisis-mode?

Take time to think about it.

One thing you should know: I’m not here to judge you. Nobody here is perfect. When I started this blogging journey, I promised I would trust what the Holy Spirit is telling me and write what’s on my heart. And I still find myself lacking to give thanks to God, so I know I need to write about it.

I find myself reactively praying in many situations, especially in this chaotic chapter of life/motherhood I am currently in. And it’s still hard to find time for my proactive prayer life – but God asks me to try anyways. So just try.

So you may be thinking, where should I start?

Just start my thanking God. Right now. Spend a moment with Him and simply thank Him for all the blessings in your life. Or take time to write down everything that you’re thankful for in this life!

Take time to read Psalm 136 sometime this week. Spend time with it when you get the chance. My current theme right now is: God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He asks us to try anyways. He will still love us when we fail, so long as we try.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” [Psalm 136]

2 thoughts on “A Proactive (vs Reactive) Prayer Life

  1. Love this! I definitely have reactive & proactive prayers. I try my best to be proactive! This was just a good reminder!


  2. Thanks for the great reminder about praying proactively. It’s so easy to go through life in a reactive state. In church today, I was reminded that Satan is roaming the earth and looking to steal, kill, and to destroy…living reactively and praying reactively does not sound like a winning strategy. Jesus has equipped us with all we need for this life, but it definitely requires us as Christians to put on the full armor of God to stand against the tactics of the Enemy, and what better way to start than with with proactive prayer?


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