Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Organized Prayer

Developing a prayer life is so hard. After we come to know the Lord, by whom are we taught to pray? Hopefully by our parents, but that isn't the reality for many of us. More often in churches and in Christian circles, it's just assumed that we all do this, and we all know how.
It's not unusual, though, for even a seasoned Christian to fail in this area. There are starts, stops, excuses, and finally, giving up for a while.

The good news is that the more we pray, the more we want to pray. Whatever your previous prayer history, start now with a concrete goal, but not too lofty the first week, lest you get discouraged. True change comes after we plan for it. So decide on a goal, or start with this one below, and then add days or minutes to it after one successful week.

First Goal: 20 minutes, 3 times this week
Jump in, get started, and pray for God to light a fire in your heart for prayer.
The Holy Spirit will speak to you about what to pray, but a simple structure to help you get started is the ACTS acronym.
A = Adoration (start by praising God)
C = Confession of sins
T = Thanking God
S = Supplication (prayer requests)
There will always be urgent prayer requests to cover each day, and in addition to those, here are more supplication ideas, organized by day. You can cover all these in one day, or once a week, depending on how long your prayer time is.
I think mothers of young children have the most difficulty setting aside devotional time every day, but with God's help, it can be done.
Monday - Your Children (Future & Present Issues)
~ their Christian walks
~ their future marriages
~ their physical health
~ their future spouses and in-laws
~ your future grandchildren
~ humility for all
~ strong relationships with you
~ your daily discipleship efforts
~ any heart issues that stand out
~ their schools and teachers and peers, if applicable
 Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work. -- Oswald Chambers
Tuesday - Your Marriage
~ communication skills
~ humility
~ physical health
~ purity
~ selflessness
~ the heart to submit to your husband; your husband's heart to lead
~ biblical view of finances
 There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. -- Brother Lawrence

Wednesday - Your Relatives
~ salvation and/or disciplined Christian walk
~ physical health
~ relationships
~ biblical view of finances
We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer...Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. -- Oswald Chambers
Thursday - Neighborhood & Workplace & Country
~ salvation
~ relationships
~ physical health
~ evangelical opportunities
~ for political leaders to know and follow God
~ for whole-country revival; for hearts to be convicted about abortion
~ that Christians will vote
Friday - Church & Missionaries & Personal Ministries
~ salvation of fellow churchgoers
~ church children & teens & singles
~ pastor & his family
~ disciplined Christian walk for congregation
~ evangelical opportunities
~ strength & courage
~ biblical view of finances
~ ministry health & effectiveness
 "I would rather train twenty men to pray, than a thousand to preach; A minister's highest mission ought to be to teach his people to pray." -- MacGregor
Saturday - The struggling; the least of God's people
~ global orphan crisis (and how can I personally help)
~ widows
~ end to human trafficking (and how can I personally help)
~ end to governmental corruption in 3rd world
~ that more Christians will sponsor and write to 3rd world children through Christian sponsorship organizations
~ for the end of abject poverty in the world (Much progress has been made in this in the last 50 years. There will always be poverty, but not necessary abject poverty.)
When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy. -- Corrie Ten Boom
Sunday - Your Friendships and Your Own Christian Walk
~ salvation and good health for friends & their families
~ disciplined Christian walks for friends
~ deal with any unconfessed personal sin
~ your prayer life
~ your Bible reading discipline
~ your own health issues

Bless you in this endeavor, and let me know how it goes this week?

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Reworked post from 2013.


Vicki said...

I really enjoyed this post Christine! Thank you for checking in on me! You are right, we are just very busy. But things are good! God has been working in our lives in such amazing ways! He is so good!

I really like your practical applications for prayer. Our church has 7 mandates that we are called to pray for and so we pick one each day and along with prayer it gives me a chance to talk with my son about things going on in the world and why it is important to pray!

Bless you! I hope things are well with you also!


Tesha Papik said...

Awesome post on prayer! I have been following your lead and praying when I nurse...which is all the time:)Love the specifics of what to pray on what day it is easy to forget things. Praying you have a blessed holiday season, that it is joyful and God brings supernatural provision to your family. Love the sweet picture of all of you on the homeschooling post also:)

Jen said...

Thank you for this post!! I have been looking for something like this.

I pray you have a blessed evening.