Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
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I like to pray using categories (especially if I'm out walking !):
people; goverrnment, countries, etc.
That is a great question you had !!
I don't believe prayer should be ritualistic, but what flows freely from the heart. Whether sitting, lying down, kneeling, at work, at home, at the grocery store, at church, in the car or where ever we are...even by writing in a prayer journal, for which is a tool for many of my prayers. The Bible tells us to be prayerful all the day long. Our faith is in God, for he only, is able to save; not just to save us from our sins, but the power of the enemy in our everyday life. Prayer is one way in which we express our love for our Father. Our prayer time should be a time of worship to our Lord. God already knows everything that we're in need of, but we make petitions to him, offered in faith. Prayer shouldn't be rehearsed, I don't believe, or something that we simply recite every day, but, unique to each day...to each time we pray. As we pray and as we listen to the Holy Spirit, the words will come...whether through singing, silent, verbally, in our native tongue or through intercession. As far as meditative prayer - I believe we are to meditate on God's word throughout the day, for His word is our armor against the wiles of the enemy.
When I at home praying, I prefer a place...my private little sewing-computer room....'my' room...my own little source of separation from the world, to be the perfect place for me to get alone with my Savior where there are no distractions, no telephone, no TV, etc.
Oh, and of course, there are particular things that I pray for: prayer request, when healing is needed, our government, our nation, our families, our schools, revival across the land, strength to face the trials and storms in our lives, etc. I also pray when I've seen a car wreck or other tragedy. I also thank God for the prayers He has answered, by faith; even those that we haven't seen the manifestation of...yet...like my little granddaughter that has cerebral palsy, whom. by faith was healed at 3-4 months of age. She is now 10, but God is faithful. We don't always understand, but there is a purpose in everything and all things work together for good to them that love the Lord. So, our trust is in him. I pray for opportunities to be a witness for him and that I would be sensitive to those opportunities and to open opportunities before me that I may be of help to others.
I work and early shift-up by 3:45am. God had me take like 1year and go pray driving, I would get up about 1:00am and drive north of the city - Toronto Canada - put on some worship music and ask the Holy Spirit to lead me eg the community I was driving through or others He brought to mind. It was awesome some nights, just Father God and I, singing or praying my heart out. What a way to start the day as well. I was careful where I drove, not too many people on the road at that hour. It was alot of fun.
I use the following pattern of prayer when I go to bed or towards evening: CASTILE SOAP
C.A.S.T.I.L.E. S.O.A.P. originally made in the Castile region of Spain, so called because of the castles in the area. Rather than animal fats, castile soap is made out of pure olive oil. Anointed prayer that forms a castle for the mind and cleanses you in a pure and healthy manner. Philippians 4:6ff talks about the matter of building a castle for the mind through balanced prayer. Psalm 24:3-6 talks about the kind of clean life & heart needed for prayer
PRAYER THAT IS ... (taking the first letters in Caps)
Confessing - 1 John 1:9; Psalm 51 - Admitting sins & weaknesses with a view to receiving help for change. - Jesus received Peter's confession, forgave him, and restored him to ministry. (Luke 5:4-11; John 21:4-19)
Adoring - Revelation 5:9-14; 1 Timothy 1:15-17 - Honoring the Lord for who He is. God deserves praise and praise makes our hearts glad, thus cultivating faith. - Jesus received the foot-washing by a sinful woman. (Luke 7:36-50)
Supplicating - Matthew 7:7-12; Philippians 4:16-17; Hebrews 4:16 - Asking for specific help which will enable you to effectively serve in daily life. - Jesus answered specific needs for help when asked.(John 2:1-12; Mark 4:35-41; Matthew 17:24-27; Luke 18:35-43)
Thanksgiving - Psalm 136; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; - Honoring the Lord for what he has done or will do for you and others. - Jesus received thanksgiving from the leper for healing. (Luke 17:11-19)
Interceding - Ephesians 3:12-20; James 5:13-20; Exodus 32:30-34:10 - Asking God in a big way for His help in the lives of others. - Jesus is making intercession for us now. (Isaiah 53:12; Hebrews 7:25)
Listening and - 1 Samuel 3:1-14 ; Acts 16:6-10; Revelation 1:9-11 - Paying attention to the Lord for specific guidance in how to pray, serve, witness, letting the Lord's plans become your plans. - Jesus heard the Father's voice and had divine authority. (Matthew 17:1-8)
Enduring in prayer while - Ephesians 6:18; Luke 11:5-8 - Continuing to pray until the Lord accomplishes and/or reveals His will. The key to fruitful praying is persistent praying. - Jesus prayed often, early, and late. (Luke 3:21; 6:12; 11:1; 22:39-46)
Seeking Out Abundant Promises - Jeremiah 25:11-12; Daniel 9:2ff; Matthew 18:18 - We are to pray by looking for specific promises on which to base our prayers so that our fasting and asking will not be in vain. - Jesus saw his life as a fulfillment of prophecy. (Luke 4:14-21; 10:5-10)