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Having a personal prayer plan can enhance your prayer experience. In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches believers to pray in a certain way. A plan will provide direction and focus in your prayer life. Our desire should be to encounter the God who answers prayer. Believers should resist the temptation to allow this or any other plan to become a means to an end. Jesus warns against prayer being treated as simply a ritual or religious activity (see Matt. 6:7-8).
Below are 2 guides that you can use.
The Lord Prayer Guide
“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13
Introduction: "Teach us to pray"
• Matt. 6:9 "Pray after this manner."
• Luke 11:2 "When you pray, say..."
Our Father which art in Heaven
• "Father," He is the creative source of us and all things.
• "Our Father," we belong to a family of like persons created in His image.
• "Which art," God exist in the historic past, and is present, today, in the here and now.
• God is "in heaven," a perfect place positioned above all powers and principalities.
Hallowed be Thy Name
• Jehovah Jireh (Gen 22:13,14) the Lord will provide (El Shaddai) The all sufficient one
• Jehovah Rapha (Exodus 15:26) the Lord that heals (Elohim) Strong One
• Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15) the Lord our banner (Jehovah Sabaoth) Lord of Host
• Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24) the Lord our peace (El Elyon) Most High God
• Jehovah Ra-ah (Psalm 23:1) the Lord is my shepherd (Adonai) Lord
• Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6) the Lord our righteousness (M'Kaddesh) Lord My Sanctifier
• Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35) the Lord is present (El Olam) The Everlasting God
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
• God's kingdom come to me, to each member of my family, to my friends, to our church and to our community.
• Pray for God's will to be done in every area of your life, Call the names of persons for whom you're praying,
and for those who are in authority. (Pastor, Mayor, governor, Congress, President. 1 Timothy 2:1,2)
• Praise God for His kingdom, power and glory manifested in our world.
Give us this day our daily bread
(Deut. 8:18; Gen 12:2-3; Deut. 28:1-13)
• Pray specifically for God's daily provision for your family. (Philippians 4:19)
• Pray specifically for others who are on your prayer list for financial needs.
• Pray specifically for provision for you church, and other ministries.
• Praise God for His promised and demonstrated provision of daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
(Matt 6:14,15; John 20:23)
• Release anyone who has wronged you by vocalizing forgiveness in God's presence.
• Search your heart to confess any sin in your life, and receive His restorative forgiveness. (Psalm 51)
• Praise God for forgiveness of sin and unhindered fellowship in Him. (Psalm 32)
Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil
• Pray that the Lord leads you through the day so you can avoid all the traps of temptation that Satan
has laid for you. (Matt 26:41; 1 Cor 10:13)
• Claim God's deliverance from the "evil one." Rebuke the evil powers of the North, South, East, and
West. Release spiritual prisoners. Pray for the harvest. (Matt 9:38; Luke 10:2) Pray in the ones
delivered. (Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 107:1-9) Rejoice in the Heavens being opened. (Luke 3:21-22)
• Put on the Christian Soldier's armor (Ephesians 6:11-19), to be prepared for the continuous prayer
watch (vs 18-19)
- Girdle (belt) of truth
- Breastplate of righteousness
- Shoes of preparation of the gospel of peace
- Shield of faith
- Helmet of Salvation (1 Cor 2:16; Rom 12:2)
- Sword of the Spirit (Heb 4:12)
• Praise God for guiding your steps so as to avoid the snares of the evil one. (Psalm 37:23)
For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
• Begin in praise, continue in praise, and conclude in praise.
• "So be it!"
After exploring His nature in prayer, we find answers for our nature. We are the mirror image of Him! (Gen 1:27)
The ACTS Prayer Guide
As you pray you can use the ACTS acrostic to guide your prayer time. These categories are broad enough to allow for adaptation to individual contexts. This acrostic contains the major elements given by Christ in the model prayer (see Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4).
Adoration - Spend time praising the Lord and adoring Him for who He is (Matt. 6:9). Use Scripture to praise Him (see Ps. 103, 145, 150; Rev. 4:8; 5:12-14). Love and cherish His presence and allow Him to work in and through your life (see Matt. 22:32-34). Be still before Him and enjoy His presence (see Ps. 46:10). Use this time to allow God to speak to you through His Word and Spirit (see Ps. 40:1-3; 90:12-17). Praise the Lord by praying scripture or hymns back to Him (see Ps. 84; Rev. 4:8; 5:9-10, 12-13 and "Great is Thy Faithfulness").
Confession - Confession should be a part of your continual walk with Christ (see Matt. 6:9-13). Spend time asking Christ to search your heart for areas that displease Him (see Ps. 139:23-24). Allow God to cleanse your heart of any unconfessed sin (see Ps. 51:10-13). Be sure to spend time confessing and repenting of (turning away from) specific sins (see 1 John 1:9). Accept His forgiveness and cleansing (see Jer. 31:34).
Thanksgiving - Giving thanks for all things should be a part of our everyday lives as God's people (see Phil. 4:6-7). This includes thanking God for specific things such as blessings, people, open doors, guidance, etc. Also give thanks for His salvation and the privilege to serve such a wonderful Savior. Thank Him for his goodness, loving-kindness, and faithfulness (see Ps. 100:4-6).
Supplication - We are called as believers to intercessory prayer (see Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 18:1; Col. 4:2; 1 Tim. 2:1-4). Thus, we are to come before God on behalf of others (see Heb. 10:19-25; Rev. 1:4-6). Spend time praying for specific people, events, states, countries, missionaries, etc. (see Acts 12:5; Rom. 10:1). In addition, spend time praying for personal needs (see Matt. 6:11-13). Make prayer lists for your time of supplication. Be sure to include a place for answers to be recorded. Recorded answers can become items for praise and thanksgiving.
Corporate Prayer Opportunities
Praying with fellow believers also yields incredible results. Matthew 18:19-20 says, "If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them." We have been experiencing incredible moments with God at our prayer times and I encourage you to take advantage of the multiple opportunities available. Every week, we have a Tuesday prayer meeting at 9 am and Wednesday Night Worship and Prayer at 7 pm in the Main Auditorium.