Phase 1 - Praise & Worship
Phase 2 - Confession
Phase 3 - Petition
Phase 4 - Intercession
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible Prayer
A primary means of communication that binds together God and humankind in intimate and reciprocal relationship.
Phase 5 - Meditation: Hearing God’s Voice
:: Meditation is that time when we specifically listen for God to speak to our heart.
Psalm 19:14 NLT - May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Relaxation vs Peace
Philippians 4:8–9 NLT - And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
What ways does God speak to us?
Influence of others
2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT - So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
Don’t try to understand God based on your circumstances. Ask God to help you see your situation from HIS perspective.
Leading of the Spirit
John 16:13 NLT - When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
1 Corinthians 2:12 NLT - And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
Word of God
Isaiah 55:11 NLT - It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NLT - All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Joshua 1:8 NLT - Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
The Word of God is the filter. It is the standard by which everything else is to be measured.
Deuteronomy 6:6–9 NLT - And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
PRACTICAL GUIDELINES OF DAILY MEDITATION
Jeremiah 29:13 NLT - If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
In your daily Bible reading, ask God to speak to your heart.
When you have completed your daily time of Bible reading and prayer, write down key ideas and impressions.
Fill your life with the Word of God
When you pray, be sensitive to God’s specific impressions through which He leads you to focus on various issues of concern.
How do we know what promptings are from God?
John 10:1–5 NLT - “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”
God’s promptings are usually counter to our natural desires.
God’s promptings will always align with His Word.
God’s promptings generally deal with how more than what.
God’s promptings are most often concerned with eternity.
A Word About Fasting
GENERAL GUIDELINES CONCERNING FASTING:
Ask God to enable you to fast by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Fast with the purpose of turning aside from other things in order to more fully focus on God.
Ask God to show you the type of fast He desires for you.
The general biblical principle is not to publicize your fasting.
Fasting is definitely connected with great urgency and power in prayer.
Fasting is a basic biblical experience for our love relationship with Jesus Christ.
PRAYERS FOR DAILY GROWTH
Father, cause me to pray according to Your priority of holiness and sanctification in my daily life. Cleanse and transform me by the washing of the water by the Word (Eph 5:26). God, instill the spiritual fruit and the Beatitudes into the very fabric of my heart.
Father God, fill me with the spirit of genuine intercession. Help me stand in the gap for my land (Ezk 22:30). As an intercessor teach my hands to war and fingers to fight. Grow me up into powerful biblical prayers that spring from Your heart.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for being lazy and inconsistent in the battle of intercession. Forgive me for praying general, non-specific prayers. Fill me with Yourself and teach me to allow Christ to pray through me.
God, grant me a burning desire to daily hear Your voice by the revelation of the Word and prompting of the Holy Spirit.