A Guide to Daily Prayer Time

Jason Smith   -  

There is nothing better to fuel daily prayer than time than making it part of time in the Word. As we read and pray, we are connected to His word and His truth. James 4:3 reminds us that we can pray with the wrong motive.  Matthew 6:7 points to prayer without thinking. How many times have I been guilty of repeating the same thing over and over in meaningless repetition. This guide is help to me and I pray that it is help fro you as well.

We like to say that the life of a Jesus follower is all about relationships and everything flows out of relationship with the Father.

How do we cultivate any relationship? TIME.

“Mastering the art of prayer, like any other art, will take time, and the amount of time we allocate to it will be the true measure of our conception of its importance.” J. Oswald Sanders

These steps below can be a helpful guide to a more intimate prayer time with the Lord. For families with young children, take a look at the resource: Family Prayer Tips

What if instead of focusing on the next new thing, we should be focusing on the most import “old thing.” OS Guiness said it well, “The church always goes forward best by going back first.”

1. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage

Say a brief prayer asking God to help you as you spend time reading his word and talking to him over it, and then read through the passage once before you turn to a time of focused prayer.

Journal your prayer for God’s help.

Journal your observations…

For an example of praying through the scriptures visit: Praying the Scriptures

2. Adoration: Praise God for Who He Is

3. Confession: Acknowledge and Turn from your Sinfulness

4. Thanksgiving: Express Gratitude for God’s Works and Gi!s

5. Supplication: Ask God to Meet Your Spiritual and Physical Needs

6. Consecration: Commit to Obeying God’s Will

7. Intercession: Ask God to Meet the Needs of Others