Write how God is…
Write down the names of God. (This was covered Sunday.)
Write down the significance to you for each of the names of God.
Write down what the names of God tell you about who God is and his nature?
Praying out loud check!
How goes praying out loud before bed? What are the challenges? What tine would work best for you to do this? If a different time, move it to that time and keep up the praying!
How goes praying over big things over dinner? Is there a better time to do this in your household?
What is working for you in prayer? What isn’t working well for you? What things do you need to adjust to make prayer more effective in your life?
Pray for your country, make a list of leaders and key people and create a plan to pray for them regularly.
Read 1 Timothy 2:1-7.
Write down those in governing authority. Don’t just think federal government. Look at the state and local level! Paul tells us to pray for them.
Prayer focuses us on God and changes our attitude from self serving to community serving. It is hard to read a comment you are not praying for.
Just stop and pray plan!
Plan a time where it will be just you and God. While it is good to have regular moments each day, it is also good to have a “date with God” as well. Here are some helpful tips:
Share with someone 5 insights you’ve seen about prayer through praying or studying on prayer the last few weeks.
A significant part of learning is sharing what you’ve learned. Actually, it’s the last part of Bible Study! Learn it. Live it. Love it. We share things we love. We talk about them. Often a good event, conversation, etc. we share with others. Sharing also helps others process what they’re learning.
Take time to record past times where God answered prayer.
God sightings- Writing down unexpected ways that God showed up, protected, provided, or just showed how awesome he is.
Answered prayer- Writing down expected ways that God showed up in answering what you have been asking him for.
Praise: Writing down how you view a part of who God is that is meaningful to you in a certain situation.
Thanksgiving: Writing down things you are grateful for, knowing that good things come from the Father above.
Journalling, or just taking time to write these things downs is a significant part of worship. It also allows us to stop, be still, and know that He is God. It reinforces God's presence in our life and helps take our focus off our selves and places it on the incredible God we serve.
Create a system to record prayer requests and God answering prayer. Looking back to see God answering prayer is a powerful tool when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Easy: Get a Journal. On one page write prayer requests, on the other side write how God answered.
Moderate: Create a notebook for prayer requests. Have a section for daily, weekly, and as God lead’s requests. Also include a section for writing down ways God showed up, and answered prayer.
Hard: Create a notecard box that you put requests in. Creation a section for daily requests, and another section for things you pray about as you get them. Decorate the box. The back section save for answered prayer.
Before dinner ask about big things we should pray for, and then pray for it!
Why? Best way to learn about prayer is to just pray! If something big came up or there is something on your or someone heart, deal with it right away. This gets you into the habit of praying about it vs saying you’ll do it. Here are some tips:
Choose, obtain, and start reading a book on prayer. Learning from others helps. Here are some suggestions
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God By Tim Keller ISBN-10: 0143108581 ISBN-13: 978-0143108580
Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels ISBN-10: 0830834745 ISBN-13: 978-0830834754
Intimacy With The Almighty by Chuck Swindoll ISBN-10: 0849956102 ISBN-13: 978-0849956102
Prevailing Prayer by D.L. Moody ISBN-10: 080241561X ISBN-13: 978-0802415615
Pray before bed. Out loud.
Why? Often we need a program or crutch to get started. Praying before bed has a couple advantages.