Time to Pray!

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This Wednesday Oct. 16th, we will meet at the church (Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall)  from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for a time of prayer. This is a great opportunity for us to learn about and apply what we studied last Sunday.

I also wanted to give you some ideas on how you can structure your prayer time.

Remember, feel free to pray however you want– but if these ideas help, use them!

Five Fingers of Prayer

1) Your Thumb is nearest to you

So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you.

  • To pray for our loved ones
  • pray for our enemies who, in a negative way, are also near us.

2) The next finger is the Pointing Finger

The pointing finger reminds us of those who instruct so pray for those who are in authority to teach, instruct and heal.

  • This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers.
  • They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.

3) The next finger is the Tallest Finger

Our tallest finger reminds us of those who are Leaders—in charge.

  • Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry.
  • These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

4) The fourth finger is our Ring Finger

The ring finger is our weakest finger and it should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.

5) And lastly comes our Little Finger

The smallest finger of all should remind you to pray for yourself.

  • Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others.

 

Daily Prayer Ideas

Monday:   Pray for our country, the President, Vice President and all government leaders.

Tuesday:             Pray for the world and for any places of conflict, war, disaster or special need.

Wednesday:      Pray for your local community and for the individuals and issues that influence it.

Thursday:            Pray for world missions, missionaries you know and for the spread of the Gospel.

Friday:                Pray for your family and friends

Saturday:            Pray for your church, its ministry, pastor(s), leaders and congregation.

 

From the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

How does one pray? I’ve never been taught how to say a personal prayer or really talk to God.

There is no formula to prayer—it is simply conversing with God. It is essentially talking with God as you would talk with an earthly parent who loves you and wants the best for you. God is your heavenly Father who loves you perfectly.

The ACTS model will be helpful to you as you learn how to pray. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

  • Adoration means worship. We encourage you to begin your time of prayer by adoring and praising God. Praise Him for who He is and for all that He has done for you. God delights in your praises!
  • Confession, the next component, means agreeing with God about the things that you have done wrong. It’s a time to express sorrow about what you have said, thought, or done that is not pleasing to Him. Ask God to forgive you for these things, and then believe that He does so freely. When you confess your sins, you receive God’s cleansing and this helps to remove any barrier in your communication with Him (read 1 John 1:9).
  • Thanksgiving basically means being thankful to God. Thank Him for His love, protection, and provision just to name a few things.
  • Supplication is the final component, and this means praying for your needs and for the needs of others, such as friends, family, your pastor, missionaries, government leaders, and persecuted Christians around the world. You may want to pray for such things as God’s guidance, wisdom, and opportunities to serve.

Keep in mind that the ACTS model serves as a guide to help you, not a rigid formula to follow. There is no “canned” approach that you need to take; just talk from your heart. There are additional steps that will help. Set aside a specific time to pray each day.

Pick a quiet place where you can be alone with God. You will also find a special blessing if you begin your time by reading the Bible. Select a passage to read (download a Bible reading plan) and spend some time thinking about it deeply. Reflect on what God is impressing on your heart to you through the passage.

Ask God to help you apply what you are learning. God wants you to share your heart with Him, and He wants to share His heart with you—this can take place anytime, day or night!

Grace and peace,
Doug

 

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