Day 5 | Tools for Personal Prayer
BY PASTOR ED LANGELIERS | NEW LIFE EXECUTIVE PASTOR
This is Day 5 of our fast, and I hope that all is well! I want to remind you to join corporate prayer if you can (click here to see prayer meeting times at each campus). I also want to remind you to have private prayer time.
Let me share with you my favorite definition of prayer: Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialog— two-way communication with God. Prayer is not just me talking to God, but God and I developing a relationship through communication— called prayer!
How can we make prayer a part of our everyday life? I’d like to share two tools with you to help you as you pray.
Tool #1: Lifestyle Prayer
New Life has a “Personal Prayer Guide” available at each campus (these booklets are free and you can ask for a copy when you come to a prayer meeting). This first tool is taken from a section of the guide called “Lifestyle Prayer.”
We can learn from three things that Jesus did:
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed,” Mark 1:35.
A certain time— Jesus got up very 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 playing in the background.
A certain plan— Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes that’s fine. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline that we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” and you can read it Matthew 6:9-15. I’d like to share a plan with you as well. Here it is…
Tool #2: What Rewards Are You Expecting?
New Life has offered a guide to help us pray and fast, called, “What rewards are you expecting?” This tool has 10 lines to list the rewards that Jesus has personally promised you. If you did not receive this tool, just take a piece of paper, make 10 lines, or click here to download your own copy.
Sit down with your blank list and ask God to show you what open rewards He promises you. Wait, listen, and write down God’s promises.
You may not have any ideas right away. You can use the Bible to assist you. You can also listen to the first message from our Prayer and Fasting Conference by Dr. Bob Rodgers (click here to listen to this message online). In this message, Dr. Rodgers shares many promises that are ours through fasting and prayer. You can also read some books on prayer and fasting. God will communicate His rewards with you as you diligently seek Him. These promises will help you focus your expectations as you pray and fast.
During our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, there is probably going to be a difficult day. A time when you think, “Why am I starving myself?” Remembering God’s promises will give you the strength to stay in the fast. Not only will fasting benefit your body by detoxing the toxins that cause disease, but Fasting strengthens your mind, will, and emotions to follow your spirit and not your flesh!
When you have your list of rewards, use them every day to remind yourself of what God has promised. Thank God out loud for these rewards. Thank God for the privilege of a relationship with Him. God is “The Mighty One, Who can make something out of nothing!” Take time to communicate with Him and wait, listen, and God will speak to your heart. He will assure you that you are His, and that He is your Heavenly Father who dearly loves you— and wants to supply your every need!
Come into prayer with the heart to develop two-way communication with God.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe God exists, and that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” Hebrews 11:6.
As we fast and pray, expect to be rewarded by God!
Pastor Ed Langeliers