A 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.
The Scripted Prayer
A 1-2 sentence prayer.
The PRAYER Model
Listen. Pray. Pause. Repeat.
Bible verses to support the scripted prayer and praying the scriptures.
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.
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.