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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.

 

Step 1

The Scripted Prayer

A 1-2 sentence prayer.


Step 2

The PRAYER Model

Listen. Pray. Pause. Repeat.


 

Step 3

The Bible

Bible verses to support the scripted prayer and praying the scriptures.

 

 

Step 4

The RESPONSE

An intentional method for responding to Holy Spirit, woven into the dialogue and heart of prayer.

 
  1. REPENT - How will you change the way you think?
  2. BEHOLD - Upon what aspect of Christ’s character are you meditating?
  3. BECOME - What part of your life and attitude is growing and maturing?
  4. RELEASE - Make a declarative statement rooted in the prayer instead of a request.
 
 

 

Step 5

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.