40-Day Guided Prayer Journey
For over 20 years, I have struggled to develop and maintain a consistent prayer life. I deeply admire those to whom prayer comes easily and those who spend time consistently praying. My inconsistent prayer life is not because I lack conviction, but because I’ve struggled to have a simple and sustainable prayer model that is enjoyable, creative, Spirit-led and helpful. I’ve tried many prayer plans, used acronyms, copied the prayer life of others, used the Book of Common Prayer and other useful tools. They've helped. However, I could not find a sustainable way to engage in prayer intimately with God, until recently...
It started when I was reading Bob Sorge’s book - “RESET: 20 Ways to a Consistent Prayer Life”. As I was reading Bob’s book my heart would leap because of the words he used. I found myself getting excited and I began praying some of the short phrases he wrote. Over time and with practice, I formed a prayer model for myself. Short, simple, Spirt-led prayers. Below is the 5 step model.
A 1-2 sentence prayer.
The PRAYER Model
Pray. Pause. Listen.
An intentional method for responding to Holy Spirit, woven into the dialogue and heart of prayer.
REPENT - How will you change the way you think?
BEHOLD - Upon what aspect of Christ’s character are you meditating?
BECOME - What part of your life and attitude is growing and maturing?
RELEASE - Make a declarative statement rooted in the prayer instead of a request.
Go back to Step 1 and repeat the prayer. Repeat this process until you sense the Spirit’s release from this prayer.
Bible verses to support the scripted prayer and praying the scriptures.
The Next Step IN THE JOURNEY
What action step are you going to make based upon this experience?
For me, this PRAYER MODEL has been a gift from heaven. I would like to share this example with you, hoping it will help you discover the joy and creativity that is found in Spirt-led praying.
These prayers are perfect for what we were talking about at dinner for new believers and learning about prayer, how to pray, what to do when you can't find the words etc. Love it.
- Lindsay Tenore
These prayers are powerful yet simple enough to be able to focus on that one thing for the day. When there's too much too it can be overwhelming, but these we can wake up, pray them and carry that thought/prayer throughout the day.
- Shavonne Nishay
I like that the prayers are short and sweet but still pack a punch. Sometimes people do not pray because they think, "I do not know what to say." But the thing is prayer is simple. It is talking to God about anything and everything and there are no rules. But your one sentence of guidance gives you a topic or idea at least to build on and it can shape another persons prayer time. Keep sharing Pastor Lance.
- Kate Bruce
Sometimes all I can do is give thanks for all my blessings and it’s because of his simple...yet powerful words!!!
- Pennie Chandler
For me life has been a rollercoaster ride these short prayers have helped me to focus and eliminate worry and anxiety. I have taken the prayer and looked up a verse and put it up on my computer at work and read it and pray it throughout my entire day.
- Sarah Serrano
I look forward to your short and inspirational prayers! Been going through tough times; and your short prayers have kept me grounded!
- Virginia Flores
I just did day one and wow, THANK YOU for your obedience to Him! I have been asking God to refresh my spirit and this is His answer.
- Karen Hogg