So I took part (again) in a 24 hour prayer-athon at Calvary church. We go to Calvary in Charlottetown for those of you who didn’t know:
The services are streamed online as well for those interested… Anyways, for the prayer, we commit to an hours worth of prayer for it. Most may think, an hour? How can you pray for a whole hour, what do you pray about?
Well, here is what i did and it may provide ideas for others who aren’t used to praying for a long time – and I’ve never really prayed much more than a couple minutes at a time. I do feel like I’m missing out though, if we believe God and believe in prayer than we are missing out on a powerful avenue of communication with God!
So initially I started praying for myself – selfish thoughts cloud your mind first (Steve Hadley did a bit of a lesson on this that I listened to which made sense to me – From Havest Reno church www.harvestreno.org i believe it is – great prophecy videos from him!). Soon you’ll exhaust your selfish prayers and thoughts and your mind will clear and from there you can focus.
I then move to praying for my family – each member individually, praying for health, wisdom, about their futures, and about how I can be best involved and loving for them. Then I move to a larger circle, praying for friends and neighbours – and if you call out names specifically you’ll be surprised how much there is to pray about for each.
Then I move to the community we’re in, the town, the folk who live around. And from there, to larger circles of population. I pray about the political leaders on the island, and for our church, its pastors, and then for Canada and its leadership and direction. Then to the world – for the persecuted christian, for the peace of Israel. There are almost unlimited things to pray for in each circle there.
The next method to use to pray effectively so you’re not just searching for things to pray for is to open up the bible. The classic location is to open up the Psalms and pray them out loud. What I did was I started reading 1 Psalm line by line and I found every single line, if not WORD in the line prompted me to pray for something.
Take the below Psalm as an example, you can’t get far into it at all before you have something to pray about. ‘Praise the Lord’, the first line, start praising God for all His goodness in your life, for breath, for sunshine, for family, for health, for bountiful blessings. Praise God using His various names. Pray the truth of His name being Blessed. Let verse 2 sink in and meditate on forevermore and what that means in terms of praising Him. From the rising of the sun to its going down, think about each day and how God is involved in every part of the day, guiding the sun to come up, keeping the universe in balance, praise him for each breath and a new day.. and I’m only a third of the way through. Stop and read each line and use it as a prompt for prayer. There are endless things to pray about.
Psalm 113:1 Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD!
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD’s name is to be praised.
4 The LORD is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
Who dwells on high,
6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
7 He raises the poor out of the dust,
And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
8 That He may seat him with princes—
With the princes of His people.
9 He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.
Praise the LORD!
I don’t know if this helps anyone else, and for the lifelong church goers, you’ve heard this before but maybe you’ve never internalized it, made it real for yourself as was the case for me. Just learned something new!
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