We continued the year with several prayer themes. We did a prayer retreat, a weekly Bible study, had prayer points in the bulletin each Sunday, and an article on prayer in each monthly newsletter.
I really feel like my prayer life has improved a lot in that time. I'm excited that our church is doing it again this year.
This year, we are doing just one week--seven days of intensely seeking God. Our Pastor has called us to pray three times a day. Spend time in the morning & midday in prayer, and then come together as a group to pray in the evening. Last night, someone said they had the distinct impression that God was waiting to give each of us a wrapped gift this week. It's our job, if we want to know what that gift is, to unwrap it through prayer. That's exciting!
I talked it over with my husband on our drive home. We both had different responses to that mental picture. He is excited to get something--something special and meant just for him. I, however, thought about the detail--we all know that God gives good gifts. But the fact that it was a wrapped gift...that meant something to me. When we, as the giver, give a wrapped present it usually means two things:
- We care about the person we are giving the gift to, and...
- We are excited to give the gift!
Some resources I recommend:
Live a Praying Life by Jennifer Kennedy Dean (Or really any of her articles or ideas. She has a great website here.)
The Assemblies of God put out an app--yes an app--on prayer just recently. It's called the 7:14 app, based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Within the app, you can read a devotional or a daily Scripture verse, keep a list of things to pray for, and even keep track of how often you've prayed (especially handy if praying daily is a new habit for you). You also get a sense of camaraderie because you can see when others around the nation are praying!
YouVersion also has a great app with some Bible reading plans. You can do a search within the app on Prayer and a lot will come up. Some to consider:
- Authentic Prayer from James MacDonald-7 days
- Prayers of Jesus-10 days
- Teach Me to Pray-32 days