Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Prayer Methods

From the Sunday evening worship. Here are some prayer methods ~
Please ask if you have any questions on any of these. I went into detail on them, but for the sake of space will not, since I didn't write out all my info.

  • Five fingers of of Prayer
    Praise (for who God is)
    Thanksgiving (for what God has done)
    Confession (of our sin)
    Petition (requests for ourselves)
    Intercession (praying for others)
  • Simple Prayers
    We bring ourselves before God just as we are, warts and all.
    We do not try to sort out the good from the bad.
    We simply talk to God about our lives, the good and the bad.
  • Flash Prayers
    When meeting people, ‘flash’ prayers at them. Ask God to give them joy, to experience God’s forgiveness, help them to feel tapped on the shoulder and told "I love you" by God.
  • Meditation Prayers
    Read Scripture and meditate upon what you have read. Consider what God is saying to you. Ask God about what you have read. Now personalize the passage as you consider its impact upon your life and use the passage as a means of prayer.
  • Breath prayers (using breathing techniques)
    "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
    This is an ancient prayer started around the 1300's.
    Can be confused with Eastern or New Age meditation.
    Breathe in "Abba," breathe out "I belong to you."
    Breathe in "Jesus," breathe out "restore my soul."
  • Scripture Prayers
    Read the Scripture and use it as a guide to pray. For example -
  • Colossians 3:12-14
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Ephesians 6:11-18
  • Acronym Prayers
    raise - Repent - Ask - Yield PRAY
    Adoration - Confession - Thanksgiving - Supplication ACTS

Other ways to learn more about prayer would include

  • Listening closely to others as they pray and learn from them
  • Ask someone about their prayer life and how they approach God.
  • Read books by people who have been known historically as prayer warriors. For example, Andrew Murray, Thomas Merton, E.M. Bounds, Brother Lawrence, Teresa of Avila, to name a few.

I hope this is helpful for you.

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