A LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER

How do we make prayer a part of our everyday life? We can learn from three things that Jesus did…

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before day- light, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Mark 1:35

• A CERTAIN TIME

Jesus got up early early in the morning to spend time with His heavenly Father. In order for prayer to work, we should do the same. Make a daily appointment with God and keep it.

• A CERTAIN PLACE

Jesus had a prayer place. Your prayer place needs to be an undistracted environment where you can pray out loud and perhaps have some worship music play- ing in the background.

• A CERTAIN PLAN

Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes that’sfine. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave His disciples a prayer outline. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. This outline is available in this booklet.

THE MODEL PRAYER

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” – Luke 11:1

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hal- lowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forev- er. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13

“Our Father in heaven…”

1. Paternal

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15

Connect with God relationally. God loves for us to call Him our Father. Establish your intimate relationship with Him and thank Him for the relationship you have with Him.

“…Hallowed be Your name…”

2. Praise

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. – Psalm 100:4

This is the kingdom protocol. Spend time praising God until you feel you have entered His presence and have adequately expressed your praise to Him.

“…Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”

3. Purpose

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous- ness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

God’s kingdom is His authority, power, and influence.Pray His will over the following areas:

• Yourself
• Your family
• Your church
• Your city/region/nation• The lost

“…Give us this day our daily bread…”

4. Provision

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2

Put your trust in God as your source. Ask Him for what you want and need and then trust Him for the answer.

“…And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…”

5. Pardon

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

Get your heart right with God and with people. Ask God to check your heart and motives. Receive His forgiveness for any area that He brings to mind.

Forgive anyone who has offended you in any way. Youcan even forgive people in advance.

“…And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…”

6. Protection

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, butagainst principalities, against powers, against the rul- ers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:12-13

Engage in spiritual warfare. Take your stand against the enemy and put on the armor of God in Ephesians 6.

“…For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

7. Power

Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. – Jeremiah 32:17

End your prayer time by reminding yourself of God’s ability. Return to praise and make your faith declarations.