This is part of the Prayer Journalism Series .
This one focuses on making time for prayer.
Prayer, Communication With God. I asked myself, “how can i talk with my creator?” Then i asked myself, “How could i NOT talk to my creator?!” He desires to walk and talk with us. This is important to Him and He wants it to be a priority and important to us.
Here are some recommendations on how to develop prayer time:
Set a Time, place and plan
1st Choice Not Last Chance. Conversation and conviction rather than crisis.
Not just drive by prayers, hit or miss.
Gaze On God; Glance At Request
Setting a Time
God says, “Change your schedule. I’ll change your life!”
Don’t stop praying, but rather stop other things to pray.
Challenge you to set a specific time aside each day. Try 10 minutes of uninterrupted time in prayer and selected Bible reading (listening).
Examples of different times set aside in Bible:
- In morning: Psalm 5:3, 59:16, 88:13, 143:8; Mk. 1:35
- At night: Matt 26:36, 39, 42, 44
- In Gethsemane (before death): Mark 6:46; Lk. 6:12
- Anytime, all times: Without ceasing; 1st Thess. 5:17
- On all occasions: Eph. 6:18
- Devote yourself to: Col. 4:2-6
- Impulsively & deliberately : Acts 1:14; 4:24; 12:12; 21:5
- Every time you hear a siren or bell: offer a special prayer for accident victims.
- Church bells (a great call and reminder to pray)
- Phone calls (text message notices -imagine saying, Thank you Jesus every time you you hear a text message chime. For some that is a lot of praising going on. Praise Him no matter who it is from, good or bad news.)
- Emergency announcements. Let that “chime” remind you to pray.
Setting aside a specific devotional time to be alone with the Lord, talking to Him in prayer and reading His word will help you grow. Praying often in addition to that devotional time will help you grow even more. Consider how many steps it takes to get some place. Now imagine if you pray as you take each step how blessed you will be and how you will bless the Lord.
Do you love Him? Spend time alone with him.
We spend time doing what we really love to do and we spend time doing what we have to do as a necessity (job, family, school, eating, recreation, sleeping) but what do we do for our spiritual lives?
If you don’t eat you die, feed your soul.
Set A Place:
Recall Paul and Silas doing the original Jail House Rock.
Draw near to God (Heb. 10:22-23)
“Draw Near To God and He Will Draw Near To You.” (James 4:7-10)
Examples of places:
- Driving, keep your eyes open and on the road but whisper a prayer as you go.
- A room set aside (sanctuary). The Movie WAR ROOM is a good example of this.
- Altar -most churches still have them, if not find a place in your church, some stairs to the platform will do. Kneeling publicly proclaiming your faith can be as important as kneeing privately.
- Holiness Table -some churches has a large wooden table between the altars. This is symbolic of the altars people built as mentioned in the Old Testament. There they would put an animal to be offered as a burnt sacrifice. Abraham was called to place his only son there (Gen. 22). Jesus became the scapegoat and lamb (God’s only Son) so that He is the sacrifice accepted for our sins. I have seen people go up to the holiness table and place their wallet, a pack of smokes, their day timers (pocket calendars), gifts for a brother or sister in Christ. Let us not forget the table of Holiness and not treat if like just another piece of furniture or decoration. May we place on it actual items we want to offer up to the Lord, let us kneel at it and use it as a place to offer up our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2) and living stones (1 Peter 2:3-5).
- Prayer path, what kind of atmosphere is there (site, smell, sound, feel). Global Family Fellowship made a path in the back side portion of their property. Simple wood chips spread out a path in which you could walk and from time to time you would come across a stand with a sign on it listing different petitions and praise reports. One sign would say, pray for our youth and it listed names of their youth group. Another sign would say pray for our missionaries and it would list them and where they were serving. Another sign would say pray for our future and it would offer praise for what they have and where God was taking them.
- Prayer Closet , away from distractions (turn everything else off).
Mark 1:35; Luke 5:15-16 shows Jesus in a solitary place.
- Once again set up a WAR ROOM and set it on FIRE;
Set A Plan
Good book by Becky Tirabassi “Wild Things Happen When I Pray”
Ken Abraham also wrote some good books I used in developing this info.
Think of prayer as conversation between two people who love each other.
A Prayer board-with pictures, as you look at those picture you lift up that person. Praise God for them and lift up their needs (intersession) as you look at each picture.
Stretcher Bearers- draw a large cross on paper. At top put person your praying for. On Left side of Cross list things God is capable of doing (Supernaturally). On right side of Cross list things you or others can do in that situation or for that person (send a note, call, drive them or their family home, to store, from hospital, get something for them…can be something as simple as bringing in their mail because they are shut in or away on a trip) -This is especially good to do in a prayer meeting or small group and each person can put their prayer into action.
Here is the shortest explanation of how to organize one for more details go to How To–
Index in back, a list of just Subjects/names (straight down the page). Then to the right of subjects put a page numbers referring to pages in front. On the pages starting at the front after you write about situation, subject or person write “RESULTS:___” and leave that blank to continue on another page. Index in the back will help you find and follow subjects.
Use FB or social media:
Special note here, only read comments that are of praise or petition, scroll right by everything else. THIS may not work for you, to easily distracted by everything else on FB or social media. SO you may want to start a group or join one that focuses only on posting prayers in that group or on that page. Here is an example: Prayer Journal on FB.
These are just ideas that i’ve heard others use or i use to help me stay focused by setting a specific Time, place and plan of prayer. Heard someone say, “The key to praying more is, pray more.”
Talk causally with God throughout your day but also set some time aside, get to a place that is conducive and have a plan that helps you focus during that time and in that place.
“God hears those who listen. God listens to those who hear”
Special note to keep in mind; If we are not obedient to His word we cannot expect Him to be doing His will through us. James Chapter 4 clarifies why our prayers may not even be heard by God.
FRUSTRATED? CAN’T SEEM TO SET A TIME, PLACE or PLAN?
Take a deep breath. Whisper a prayer or even whimper one. God hears our moans and groans, our cries and whines (Romans 8:26-27). He is big enough to read our minds. Let Him.
You may need to start spending time in prayer with admitting to God you don’t even know how and He will direct you.
I hope this post is helpful to you. Please post comments on what works for you.
Here are the links to the other post in this series:
Prayer Journalism Series (Index)
Prayer Journalism -Prayer Time (The one you are reading now).
Entire series in one long post (with some variations)
Tom “Beetle” Bailey
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