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Prayer is a spiritual journey. Just as a journey from your present location to the other side of the country requires that you have a plan to reach your destination, you need a plan to assist you in your spiritual journey of prayer. Prayer is your personal communication with God. Since this is your spiritual destination every day, you need a plan to help you reach your destination effectively and consistently.
In my own life, I have observed that the greatest times in my prayer life have been those in which I followed a specific plan of action for prayer. Here is a plan that I have used from time to time, and I often customize it as I go. Perhaps it will help you or at least serve as a guide. You can modify this plan to meet your own personal prayer needs.
The plan I am suggesting has four features that I believe make it accessible to everyone.
*Simple. This plan is simple for everyone to use. Whether you want to move into another dimension in your prayer life or are teaching a child to pray, I believe this plan can be beneficial.
*Sequential. There is a sense of order to this plan. If this is your first attempt to establish a prayer plan or you have used other plans, a sequential plan can help you. Simplicity combined with sequence produces relevance and productivity, particularly for followers of Christ.
*Specific. One of the reasons this plan is so dynamic is that it leads you to pray for people, ministries, organizations, problems, and situations in a specific manner.
*Spiritual. This plan incorporates the Word of God into your prayer and encourages the dynamic of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of prayer.
You can modify this plan to meet your own personal prayer needs, but it can be a useful tool that will make a real difference in your spiritual life.
Step One: Read God’s Word
I believe it is very important to listen to God speak daily through His Word. What He says in His Word will prepare you to talk to Him and will influence what you say to Him in prayer. Always keep in mind that the Word of God and prayer go hand in hand. As you continue through the steps, keep your Bible open near you.
Step Two: Pray
When you pray, follow these principles:
- Confession: Effective prayer occurs when you talk to God and listen to what God is saying to you. Sin clogs the lines of communication between you and God. Therefore, confess your sin and your helplessness to God. Confession and repentance are very important in the life of the growing Christian. God hears and answers your prayers when your heart yearns to be clean and right with Him.
- Praise: Praise is the expression of your love and adoration for who God is. In your time of praise, focus on three attributes of God’s character. Make this a rich time of worship between you and your Creator.
- Thanksgiving: This is the expression of gratefulness to God for all the things He has done for you. Thank him for provisional, physical, and spiritual blessings. Thank Him for people who have blessed you. Take the time to say, “Thanks, God.”
- Petition: During this time, focus your prayer on personal needs you want to present to God. Do not pray for others yet; pray for the things you believe to be within God’s will for your own life. You can use a personal prayer notebook to record God’s answers to the requests you lift up to Him for both yourself and others.
- Intercession: Intercession is the privilege of standing in the gap between the God of heaven and the person you are praying for at the time. Remember: God is attracted to the specific prayers you pray for yourself and others.
- Urgent Requests: During your prayer time, you will also want to list urgent requests to pray for every day. An urgent prayer request is so critical that it requires daily attention from you for a specific time or until the crisis has passed. When God places an urgent need on someone else’s life upon your heart, commit yourself to pray for that person daily.
- Focus-Day Requests: As you become familiar with the basic principles of this plan, you may choose to add an additional layer of intercession that involves focusing your prayer on a special area each day. Consider the following schedule:
- Sunday: World missions and missionaries
- Monday: Lost and unchurched
- Tuesday: United States of America
- Wednesday: Friends
- Thursday: Christian leaders
- Friday: Your local church
- Saturday: Relatives
When you add focus-day requests to your times of intercession, you will have a healthy balance of prayer. Be careful not to overload this section because too many requests on your prayer list may overwhelm you and even squelch your desire to pray. But remember: Prayer is work!
Step Three: Journal
I believe in the life-changing power of closing your time with God by writing a one-page letter to God. On this one page, you will be recapturing your main burdens as well as the joy of answered prayers. Journaling provides a means of concrete communication with God. It also provides a sense of relief from your burdens. As you document your walk with God in this way, your faith in the power of prayer will increase. Journaling can become one of the greatest dynamics in your prayer life.
Just do it!
This is a suggested plan intended to help you, not bind you. Feel free to customize it according to your desires. The Holy Spirit will work through this plan, granting you spiritual liberty as you communicate with God. In time, these steps will become natural for you. Do not make the plan itself holy. What is holy is when you meet with God in a personal and intimate way every day of your life.
Enjoy the journey! It’s worth it, so just do it!
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd
This article is an adapted and condensed excerpt from my book, How to Pray.
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4. Miraculously and sovereignly, in 1952, by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, the National Day of Prayer began. Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, this national call to pray for America takes place on the first Thursday of each May.
The National Day of Prayer mobilizes unified, public prayer for America. Praying for our nation needs to to become a major movement in our nation daily. United with others, we stand together publicly to pray for our nation.
It is incumbent on each of us who have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ the Lord, to lead the way personally and cooperatively. Therefore, please consider these actions.
Pray Personally for America on the National Day of Prayer
The Scriptures call upon us to pray for our nation and the leaders in our nation. Wherever you are located geographically, you can pray personally. We do not need to be spiritually asleep on this day, but alive and actively calling out to the Father for our nation.
You can also determine specific ways to pray for our nation. There are endless ways to pray for America, so ask the Spirit to reveal to you personally how you should pray. Also consider praying for America in these ways:
- Confess and repent of the sins of America
- Unity in America
- President Donald Trump
- Vice-President Mike Pence
- Protection and provision for the families of President Trump and Vice-President Pence
- Cabinet of the President
- Congressional members
- Military personnel
- Law enforcement and all first responders
- Churches and their pastors
- Schools and their leaders
- Spiritual revival in the Church
- Spiritual awakening in America
- Acceleration and completion of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ
These are just suggestions. You can create your own list of ways to pray for America.
Participate Cooperatively in the National Day of Prayer
Praying together in a unified and public way for America is very important to build up your own faith, but it is also important to do so as a testimony before others. Therefore, participate cooperatively this Thursday to pray with other Christ-followers for America.
Thousands of public gatherings will take place on Thursday across America. If you do not know where to go in your community, search here.
If there is not a gathering near you, create one and register with the National Day of Prayer. It is very important to participate with others cooperatively.
Quite honestly, I am surprised at how many spiritual leaders in churches, including pastors, do not participate in a National Day of Prayer experience. Of all years in our nation, we need to stand unified as the body of Christ, calling out together cooperatively, for the sake of our nation.
America needs to experience the next great move of God in this world. I pray our generation will not die before seeing and experiencing the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America.
Yes, the greatest need in the Church in America today is spiritual revival, the manifest presence of God upon His people. Furthermore, the greatest need in America is the next Great Spiritual Awakening.
Pray Personally and Cooperate Collectively
Pray personally and cooperate collectively in some way on Thursday, May 4, on the National Day of Prayer.
I will participate in unified public prayer for America this year in Washington, DC. I have the privilege to assist in this national service being held in Statuary Hall of the United State Capitol Building on Thursday, May 4, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. EST. You can stream this national service of prayer in this significant location through: http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org
Now is the Time to Lead and Pray for America,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church
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