Psalm 34:15 says, "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help." As a way to encourage constant prayer during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are asking you to sign up for our 24/7 Prayer vigil. Click the link below to sign up for an hour between 12 AM on Monday, March 23rd and 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 29th. You can pray the entire hour or part of the hour. You can read Scripture and worship during your hour. Just spend time with the Lord! The eyes of the Lord are on us, and He will hear our cries for help!
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How to Pray for One Hour
From the Book “The Hour That Changes the World” by Dick Eastman
1. Praise Psalm 63:3; Hebrews 13:15; Matthew 6:9b
All prayer should begin with recognition of God’s nature. The Lord’s Prayer, our model for all praying, begins with “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Praise is that aspect of prayer which vocally esteems God for his virtues and accomplishments.
2. Waiting Psalm 37:7; Isaiah 40:31; Lamentations 3:25
Time should be given to being “quiet” in God’s presence. This is not meditation or just a time for listening; it is simply taking time to let God love you.
3. Confession Psalm 139:23-24; Psalm 51:10; John 1:9
The psalmist asked God to search his heart for unconfessed sin. He knew sin was one of the greatest roadblocks to answered prayer. Early in prayer we need to make time for confession. This clears the way for powerful praying.
4. Reading The Word 2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 19:7-8
The commandment of the Lord (his word) is pure, enlightening the eyes,” wrote young King David. When we bring God’s Word into our prayer, we are opening our eyes to new possibilities in God. At this point in prayer, read God’s Word.
5. Intercession 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Psalm 2:8; Matthew 9:37-38
Our prayer now centers on intercession for a lost and dying world. This concerns praying for others who have desperate needs.
6. Petition Matthew 7:7; Matthew 6:11; James 4:2
This aspect of prayer concerns our personal needs. Petition is included in the Lord’s Prayer in the expression, “Give us this day our daily bread.” To petition God is to open our need to God through prayer.
7. Praying The Word Jeremiah 23:29; Numbers 23:19
Earlier it was suggested that you read God’s Word. Now, pray God’s Word. Here we bring actual scripture into our prayer. We can never pray out of God’s will when we pray God’s Word.
8. Thanksgiving Philippians 4:6; Psalm 100:4
When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he instructed them to offer prayer and supplication “with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving differs from praise in that praise recognizes God for who he is, and thanksgiving recognizes God for specific things he has done.
9. Singing Psalm 100:2; Ephesians 5:19; Psalm 69:30
Melody in its truest sense is a gift of God for the purpose of singing praises unto him. Many Christians unfortunately have never learned the beauty of singing a “new” song unto God during prayer. These songs may come straight from the heart with the Holy Spirit creating the melody. Paul spoke of singing ‘spiritual songs.’ To sing unto the Lord is to worship God in melody.
10. Meditation Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-2; Psalm 77:12
To wait in God’s presence is simply to be there to love him. Meditation differs in that our mind is very active. To meditate is to ponder spiritual themes in reference to God.
11. Listening Ecclesiastes 5:2; 1 Kings 19:11-12
Whether through his written Word or by an inner “still small voice” of His Holy Spirit, God speaks to praying Christians. But we must take time to listen.
12. Praise Matthew 6:13; Psalm 100:4; Psalm 150
We begin our prayer by recognizing God’s nature, and we end in similar fashion. Jesus taught this when he ended his prayer with the statement, “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”