A Simple Plan for Prayer
When I was 18 years old, I was sitting in a church service listening to an inspiring speaker talking about the importance of prayer. He was preaching on the passage where Jesus was wrestling with the Father in prayer and returned to find His disciples asleep.
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. (Matthew 26:40)
He spoke about the importance of devoting time to prayer. He told about amazing answers to prayer. Then he concluded by talking about how his life was wonderfully changed when he began to pray an hour a day. He concluded his talk by challenging us to stand up if we were willing to begin to pray an hour a day. Nervously I stood, my heart pounding and my mind racing with the possibilities of having a more powerful prayer life.
I did not fully realize it then, but that was one of the best decisions I ever made. The best way to learn to pray is by praying.
Maybe for you the idea of praying an hour a day seems impossible. That’s ok. I want to encourage you to start out by praying at least five more minutes a day everyday for the next 28 days.
Any time you spend praying is good. Pick a time that you can set aside each day for God and begin building your prayer life today.
A PLAN FOR DAILY PRAYER
If you are not used to spending time with God, I recommend a simple two-part, ten-minute plan:
1. Read one chapter of the Bible a day. It takes five minutes to read a chapter, therefore you would spend 5 minutes a day reading the Bible.
2. Pray for five more minutes a day using five types of prayer.
· Thank God for several things He had done for you recently
· Praise God for all the ways He is better than anyone or anything else.
· Confess every unconfessed sin to God.
· Ask God to supply the needs of yourself and your family.
· Ask God to supply the needs of others outside your family.
I am excited for you as the next 28 days you will develop your own prayer habit and your own prayer plan. Start today with the five-minute prayer plan.
Adapted from the book, 28 Days to Powerful Prayer, Dave Earley, Barbour Books, 2020