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Prayer - Sundar Krishnan
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Week 1 - Listening prayer
Set aside 10 minutes (or an hour, or just 5 minutes- whatever you can get!) each day to connect with God and pay attention to what he might be trying to say to you. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone, take a deep breath or two, and simply listen. Pay attention to God. Believe that God wants to speak to you through his Holy Spirit- in fact, that he already is speaking. Consider what thoughts come to mind. Who is God putting on your heart? What is he saying to you? Don’t worry if you get distracted- just gently guide your attention back to God and his quiet voice speaking to you. Do that every day this week and see if you don’t sense God speaking to you through the Holy Spirit.
Week 2 - Praying Scripture
Scripture is full of great prayers that the people of God have prayed before us. Oftentimes it can be difficult to know what to say or how to pray. Simply praying through these passages in the Bible can be a helpful way to shape your prayer life. Feel free to add to the words of the passages or insert names of people as the Spirit leads you. There is no one formula to prayer. Consider praying Matthew 6:9-13 every day this week, and mixing in other prayers from these passages in Scripture.
Week 3 - Prayer of thankfulness and adoration
The Bible says that God’s divine nature and eternal power are clearly portrayed throughout his creation (Romans 1:18-23). Often, however, in our busy days we fail to notice it or to take time to thank God for all of the ways he has blessed.
Week 4 - Prayer of intercession (for other people)
Intercession is probably the type of prayer you are most familiar with- it is the prayer of asking God to act in some way for the benefit of other people. However, we placed it last for a reason: intercessory prayer is really the outgrowth of the other types of prayer. Take 10 minutes each day this week to listen to God, be formed by Scripture, and be attentive to his grandness and goodness to you. Then, partner with God through intercessory prayer. His will being done produces the best outcome in every situation. What might God’s will be for you and the people in your life today? What situations and pressures are you facing, and how might you pray boldly for God’s will to be done in those situations and in those people’s lives?