Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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Along with words to encourage you or help you to encourage others, I try to provide resources or training to help us live out our faith. This is the first in a series on helps for our personal prayer life. Coming tomorrow, helpful resources to pray for all the relationships in life, then for missionaries and pastors. Today’s focus will be on a helpful pattern for prayer and using the Bible to help pray for friends who already know God and for friends who need to know God better with a simple but powerful bonus tip.
Many people have found prayer particularly challenging. They muster up all their self-discipline and courage. They get on their knees and then say, “What do I do now?!” Personally, I have often found it helpful to have a variety of resources available to help me stay focused during prayer. I share this not because I am a spiritual giant with much to offer. I share these because I often find it such a struggle to get started in prayer and even after getting started to then stay focused.
Perhaps the most helpful resource I have ever found for prayer is God’s Word itself. Sometimes we pray way too mildly because we may not be sure that something is God’s will. When we turn Bible verses that we are reading into actual prayers for ourselves and others, we can be pretty sure we are praying in God’s will. Keep reading for some helpful examples.
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I may be a little unusual, but I have often found a countdown timer extremely helpful. If I have set aside a certain span of time for prayer, I found that I would be checking the clock way too often to make sure I didn’t go overtime—like that’s a real worry! I found that if I set a countdown timer, my mind is no longer distracted by the clock.
Finally, I have often found a pattern of prayer has helped me to stay focused and balanced in my prayers. It’s so easy to only come to God when we want something. We all have friends that only seem to pop up when they are in need. How do you feel when you see them coming? I think you get the idea. There are many similar prayer methods, etc. The following pattern has been a tremendous help for me.
Identify two or three people in your sphere of influence that you believe desperately need Jesus. List their names below so that you pray for each of them.
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(Excerpted from Search & Rescue: Becoming a Disciple Who Makes a Difference, Neil Cole, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2008)
Have any of these inspired you? Any tips you can share with us?
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Currently serving as a bi-vocational, Intentional Interim Pastor in Gloucester, MA.
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This post originally appeared on the Encourage and Equip blog at http://www.encourageandequip.com/prayer-life-help/