“Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. And always pray for all God's people.” Ephesians 6:18 (NCV)
BY DEVELOPING 2 HABITS
1.) KEEP A RUNNING CONVERSATION WITH GOD
“Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads.” Ephesians 6:18 (TEV)
“Never stop praying! (Pray all the time!)” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (GW)
2.)SCHEDULE PRAYER TIMES THROUGHOUT MY DAY
“Seven times a day I praise you!” Psalm 119:164 (NIV)
Action Plan: Try starting every day this week by reading a chapter from Psalms.
Pray through that chapter, turning the authors’ words into your prayers.
A DAILY SCHEDULE BUILT ON THE LORD’S PRAYER
- GET UP WITH GRATITUDE(THANKSGIVING)
Jesus said, “. . .Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So then, this is how you should pray:
'Our Father in heaven’ . . .” Matthew 6:8-9
“Every good gift and every perfect present comes from your Father of light in heaven . . .” James 1:17
- I thank my Father in heaven for His consistent love & I recall all of the ways that He is good to me.
Action Plan: Write down things that you are thankful for each letter of the alphabet.
2. BLESS GOD’S NAME AT BREAKFAST (PRAISE)
“Hallowed be your name . . .” Matthew 6:9b
“Every day I will bless your name, and praise it forever and ever!” Psalm 145:2
- Review God’s names & then think about the promises they imply. Click here to download the "Names of God" doc.
GOD SAYS “I AM . . .”
Abba Your Loving Father!
El Deah Your God Who Knows Everything!
Jehovah Rapha Your God who Heals you!
El Shaddai God Almighty – with all the Power you need!
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never abandoned those who truly seek you.” Psalm 9:10
Action Plan: Download the God’s names list from church website. Write each one on a 3x5 card and each morning, read 1 card and think about the promise in God’s name.
3. AT MIDMORNING, REMEMBER WHAT MATTERS MOST (DEDICATION)
“May your kingdom come, and may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
- I align myself with God’s purpose and plans for my life
“If you seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, all the other things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
4. LIST MY NEEDS AT LUNCH (PETITION)
“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
I ask for anything I need.
Jesus: “You can ask for anything in my name” John.14:13 (NLT)
- I ask for what other people need too (Intercession)
“I’d be sinning against the Lord if I failed to pray for you.” 1 Samuel 12:23
“Jesus has the power of God, by which he gives us everything we need to live, and to serve God. We have these things because we know him.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NCV)
Action Plan: Somewhere in your house, create a prayer request list that is visible every day. Write down prayer requests for yourself and others and then write out how those prayers are answered
5. ASK FOR FORGIVENESS IN THE AFTERNOON (CONFESSION)
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:12
- I admit my sins and I forgive others who’ve frustrated me.
“I confessed my sins to you and didn’t try to hide them . . . Then you forgave me and now all my guilt is gone!” Psalm 32:5
6. ASK GOD TO HELP ME MAKE WISE DECISIONS (PROTECTION)
“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13
7.END MY DAY WITH AN ENCOURAGING TRUTH (BENEDICTION)
“For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever! Amen!” Matthew 6:13c (NAS)