Hour of Prayer

How to have a Holy Hour of Prayer

The following is a guideline for having a holy hour of prayer.   While there are many approaches and acrostics for guiding prayer the following is adapted from Life Action Ministries as a starting guideline including associated Scriptures.  I pray this will help begin or build your daily prayer journey.  Much more will be found in the prayer postings of this blog in the coming months.

  1. Confession –  sin is the greatest roadblock to prayer; early in your prayer time, confess- agree with God about your sin (Ps 139:23-24; 51:10-11; 1Jn.1:9)
  2. Praise – next praise God for who and what He is (Ps 63:3; 34:1-3)
  3. Waiting – Quieting your heart and mind before God (Ps 37:7; Is 40:31) replacing any distractions of your life or the world around you with a reverential focus on the majesty and authority of God.
  4. The Word – Next involves God’s Word.  When we pray, we are speaking to God.  When we read God’s Word, God is speaking to us.  Open your Bible, asking God to bless the reading of the Word with concentration and understanding.  Remember Bible reading is not for the purpose of preparing to teach but for preparation in prayer (2 Tim 3:16;Ps 19:7-8)
  5. Intercession/Supplication- at this point you are ready to come boldly into God’s presence with intercession and supplication.  Intercession is praying for others.  It is unselfish.  Intercession is love on its knees.  You should have a list of names of others to uphold in prayer.  Supplication is urgent praying for others (1Tim2:1-2;Ps 2:8)
  6. Petition- Next is petition, asking God for self.  There is nothing wrong with asking God for personal needs.  Make a list of all your personal needs, and check them off as God answers prayer (Matt 7:7;James 4:2)
  7. Thanksgiving-At this point it is important to thank God.  What is the difference between thanksgiving and praise?  Praise is the pouring out of the heart in adoration to God, while thanksgiving is simply enumerating those things for which we are grateful.  We need to thank God for what He has done (Phil. 4:6;Ps 100:4)
  8. Singing- The next step is singing. Singing Scripture back to the Lord is one of the highest forms of worship and praise.  There are many songs in the hymnal to be sung to the Lord (Ps 100:2;Eph. 5:19)
  9. Meditation-Meditation is actively pondering and digesting an aspect of spiritual truth, such as a passage of Scripture or a character trait of God (Joshua 1:8;Ps 1:1-2)
  10. Listening-Listen for that still small voice of God;  wait for specific orders concerning activities of the day (Eccl. 5:2;1 Kings 19:11-12;Ps 46:10)
  11. Psalms-Earlier in your prayer time you read the Word and allowed God to speak to you.  Now pray the Word back to God.  The book of psalms is full of personal prayers (Ps 95:2; 147:1)
  12. Praise-you begin your prayer time with praise and end your prayer time with praise. (Ps 150:1-2; 50:23

Psalms 139:23-24(NKJV)
23    Search me, O God, and know my heart;      Try me, and know my anxieties;
24    And see if there is any wicked way in me,      And lead me in the way everlasting.

 Psalms 51:10-11(NKJV)
10    Create in me a clean heart, O God,      And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11    Do not cast me away from Your presence,     And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

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

 Psalms 63:3(NKJV)
3    Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,      My lips shall praise You.

 Psalms 34:1-3(NKJV)
1    I will bless the Lord at all times;      His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2    My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;     The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3    Oh, magnify the Lord with me,     And let us exalt His name together.

 Psalms 37:7(NKJV)
7    Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;      Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,     Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

 Isaiah 40:31(NKJV)
31    But those who wait on the Lord     Shall renew their strength;     They shall mount up with wings like eagles,     They shall run and not be weary,      They shall walk and not faint.

 2 Timothy 3:16(NKJV)
16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 

 Psalms 19:7-8(NKJV)
7    The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;      The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8    The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;     The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

 1 Timothy 2:1-2(NKJV)
1Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 
2for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 

 Psalms 2:8(NKJV)
8    Ask of Me, and I will give You     The nations for Your inheritance,     And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

 Matthew 7:7(NKJV)
7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 

 James 4:2(NKJV)
2You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. £Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

 Philippians 4:6(NKJV)
6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 

 Psalms 100:4(NKJV)
4    Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,      And into His courts with praise.     Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

 Psalms 100:2(NKJV)
2    Serve the Lord with gladness;     Come before His presence with singing

Ephesians 5:19(NKJV)
19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 

 Joshua 1:8(NKJV)
8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 

 Psalms 1:1-2(NKJV)
1    Blessed is the man      Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,      Nor stands in the path of sinners,     Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2    But his delight is in the law of the Lord,      And in His law he meditates day and night.

 Ecclesiastes 5:2(NKJV)
2    Do not be rash with your mouth,      And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.     For God is in heaven, and you on earth;     Therefore let your words be few.

 1 Kings 19:11-12(NKJV)
11Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 
12and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

 Psalms 46:10(NKJV)
10    Be still, and know that I am God;      I will be exalted among the nations,     I will be exalted in the earth!

 Psalms 95:2(NKJV)
2    Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;     Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

 Psalms 147:1(NKJV)
1    Praise the Lord!      For it is good to sing praises to our God;     For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

 Psalms 150:1-2(NKJV)
1    Praise the Lord!     Praise God in His sanctuary;      Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2    Praise Him for His mighty acts;      Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

 Psalms 50:23(NKJV)
23    Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;     And to him who orders his conduct aright      I will show the salvation of God.”

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