Welcome to our August 2023 7 Days of Prayer. Let’s all make a decision, here and now, to seek Jesus with reckless abandon and watch as He begins to transform every area of your life! There is no better investment you could make in yourself and in your family than to put God first in this way.
KEYS TO HELP YOU HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PRAYER TIME
As Christ followers we look to Jesus to see how He modelled His daily prayer. Let’s look at some keys to help you have a great time in prayer.
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.
Prayer is most effective when it isn’t something we do every now and then, but when it’s a lifestyle we cultivate. To understand how to have a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus demonstrated during His life on earth.
HAVE A CERTAIN TIME
Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God - whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening - and faithfully keep it.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE
Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLAN
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” As we pray every day, our plans for our prayer time can vary, maybe including worship music, Bible reading, and quiet time to listen to God. It doesn’t always have to look the same; it just helps when we have a plan for connecting regularly with God.
At New Life Church we have used the acronym ACTS as a model for personal prayer. Here is a short description of the four letters in this acronym and what they mean as we pray through them in this order:
Adoration: Give God praise and honour for who He is as Lord over all.
Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life by bringing it to the Lord and knowing He has forgiven you (See 1 John 1:9). Confession can also mean you can find some scriptures relevant to you to declare (confess) them over your life and your family.
Thanksgiving: Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.
You can make this plan as long or as short as necessary but try to plan at least 10 to 15 minutes to begin with and grow up to 30 minutes and longer.