The 1-Minute Prayer Plan

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“Couldn’t you pray with me for one hour?” Jesus asked his disciples (Matthew 26:40.)

Some bible translations use the word “keep watch” or “stay awake” but regardless of the terms, there is no mistaking the incredulity that Jesus felt when He found his closest friends sleeping while He prayed and supplicated at what would be the beginning of the end of His torturous death. He agonizes. Peter, James and John tour Dreamland. He begs the Father. They shift into a more comfortable position. Apathetic to the sorrow of their man-god companion.

I grew up in a Christian home where prayer was not an option.  Nor was it a mandate. Prayer, my friend, was a way of life. There was prayer in the morning, prayer at meals, prayer in the night, and if it was not morning, noon or night, there would still be prayer. My father was a deacon at church and my mother was the Women Ministries president, and we children were carried to all the services including all-night prayer meetings. Taking us was the safest way for parents to watch the brood while they watched with God. We’d spread blankets on the hard, wooden pews and sleep if there were not a lot of people at church that night. In the daytime we were less fortunate. My mother’s fingers pinched us into Wakeland, and that was as good as smelling salts to get us snapping to attention.  So I grew up praying for long hours.

It was not until I was a student at the University of the West Indies, and encountered Campus Crusade for Christ that I really discovered a structure for effective praying. I joined the prayer discipleship group and every Tuesday would make my way to the Faculty of Engineering, Room 106, to learn about prayer. Thus my prayer life was transformed by the book called The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer .

In this little book, Dick Eastman teaches how we can easily pray for an hour a day. He proposes 12 areas to focus our prayer, each for 5 minutes.  How neat is that! The hour begin with Praise and ends with Praise, and in between is filled with segments on Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying (my favourite), Watching, Intercession, Petition, Thanksgiving, Singing, Meditation, and Listening.

Friend, I’ll tell you that if you spend only 5 minutes on each part of the prayer circle, you’ll easily pray for 1 hour. However, I have found that some people need smaller doses because they may be new to praying and 60 minutes, or even five minutes, to start could seem daunting. Others may already have an overflowing schedule and cannot accommodate much more into it. Or they may not have built a routine for prayer. Or they may be children.Whatever the reason, a big goal is always reached by taking smaller steps. So as December drew to a close, and the Lord dropped the 1-Minute plan in my brain, I was totally excited. This is the Plan:

Pray for 1 minute each day of the first week in the New Year. Then increase each week by one minute and pray for 2 minutes for each day of the second week. And so on.

This small step will help to build a more consistent prayer habit in anyone who wants to see change through prayer.

But there was a problem. Fifty-two weeks will not give 60 minutes of prayer if using the weekly one-minute increment. Then the Lord downloaded again.

Accelerate the last few days with an additional minute daily.

As I follow comments and posts on Facebook, and talk with people on-on-one, a common theme is that many are dissatisfied with the commercialization of Christmas and they want to return to the real meaning of our Saviour’s birth. To get back to the sacredness of the season. To focus on the Lord Jesus. This thought prompted me to add the final 8 minutes to the last week. That week is arguably the busiest for Christians, so it may not be as easy to dedicate those Christmas days to increased prayer. But therein lies a challenge.

A sacrificial gift of prayer would restore Christ to Christmas if we chose to spend an hour in prayer with our Lord.

And that’s how the 1-Minute Prayer Plan was born.

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Pray for 1 minute a week, increasing by 1 minute weekly, leading up to 1 hour by year’s end.

Small steps in pray will develop a more consistent prayer habit.

“Couldn’t you pray with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40 paraphrased)

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A sacrificial gift of prayer could restore Christ to Christmas if we spend an hour with our Lord.

 

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  1. admin says:

    Week 1 Wednesday Jan1 – There’s nothing more effective than the Word, so I took a prayer that Paul prayed for the church in Ephesians 1:15-19 and copied it below. This version is from The Message bible and can be prayed in 1 minute. My prayer is that we will experience all that is contained below.

    “That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!”

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    Week 1 Thursday Jan 2
    Exodus 26:15 – 1-Minute Prayer

    He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” (NIV)

    You, O Lord, are my God. Open my ears so I will listen carefully to you. Enable me to do what is right in your eyes. Help me to pay attention to your commandments and to keep your instructions as I read them in your word. Please help me to do my part so I can reap the blessings of a healthy body. Sometimes, Lord, diseases come regardless of my obedience – during these times, teach me to trust you as the Lord who can heal. Sometimes I want answers on my own schedule, but Lord, remind me, O how I need to remember, that you determine the time. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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    Week 1 Friday Jan 3 – This is a great prayer plan for children, grandchildren, Sunday School etc.
    Proverbs 22:6 – 1-Minute Prayer
    Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.(NIV)
    Thank you for my children, Lord, (list names). You created them and I want to be faithful to your instructions to train them in your ways. I pray that my children would love and obey you, that they would be uncomfortable when faced with choices that do not line up with your Word, and would say No to ungodly living. Lord, I ask that my children would learn the joy of praying at a young age. When I share the 1-Minute prayer plan with them, excite their spirits, and use it to develop a consistent prayer life that they will use throughout their years. Help me to be an example not only to them, but to all children whom I come into contact with. Keep my heart free from worry, and teach me to believe that you are able to keep them hidden under your protection. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

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    Week 2 Sunday 2 Focus on PRAISE
    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is increasing our praying time by 1 minute, hence we praying for 2 minutes each day of this week.)

    In his book, “The Hour that Changes the World”, Dick Eastman encourages that we start our prayer with Praise. Why? Because Praise is verbal adoration, and adoration presents divine love, honour and esteem. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus acknowledges God the Father and adores Him with “Hallowed be thy name.” Adoring God first is an unselfish act as it places the focus on the Lord and not on “me”.

    Over Christmas we sang many hymns that adored the Lord. Thus for today’s minute prayer, I thought we could focus on adoring His names. I’ll start a prayer and you can add any of God’s names that are meaningful to you. Feel free to check a bible concordance if you need help. (There’s a free one online at http://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/).

    Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NIV)
    Prayer Starter – Your name, Jesus saves me from my sins. You are the Wonderful Counsellor who I can turn to when I need advice and guidance. You are Mighty God, strong, powerful and dependable, and I am so relieved that I can turn to you in my weakness. You are the Everlasting Father, there is no end in you. You are my eternal Father, caregiver and provider…..

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    Week 2 Monday Jan 6 – PRAISE
    Focus on God’s Righteousness

    Righteous means “the quality or state of being just or rightful” (dictionary.com). In our imperfect and contradictory world, nowhere do we see this played out except with God (He is in this world but not of it.) He not only meets the standards of what is right, GOD IS THE STANDARD. As you ponder of His faithfulness, justice, and standards for right and merciful living, praise Him for His righteousness. Consider writing them down and adding to the list as things come to mind.

    Prayer Starter – Father, you are the only one who is righteous, and I am so glad that you are the standard by which I aspire to live. Your ways are high, they are not petty. You are genuine, and this helps me to gauge false voices around. Thank you for who you are. When I think of you, it prods me to live right. When I assess the decisions I have to make through the lens of your truth, it teaches me to think like you. Because of your righteous character, I have the strength and confidence to stand up for what I believe… (Can you add a few lines to complete your 2 minute prayer today?)

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    Week 2 – Tuesday Jan 7 – PRAISE
    Focus on God’s Infinite Creation

    My eyes fell on our cat Moka as I wrote this piece. She is a chocolate point Siamese and is beautifully coloured with cream-white body, brown ears, brown tail, and brown paws. All four paws have the same shading, darkest near the claws and getting lighter as it nears her body. And her dear little face has a circle of brown surrounded by white. Someone designed this little cat. Thoughtfully. Carefully. He created nature, spectacular and majestic (the mountains), simple and delightful (wild flowers). And then He created a masterpiece to top it all. YOU. Psalm 150:2 reinforces that we can “Praise Him for His mighty acts.” (NKJV)

    Practical – Can you come up with a list of God’s mighty acts and creative power and add to it as often as one comes to mind?

    Prayer Starter – Father God, I praise you for your creative power. You created the heaven and galaxies, earth and oceans, birds and animals, flowers and trees, and so much more. When I look around me I am bedazzled by your power, by the brilliance and beauty of what I see. And because you created men and women to enjoy these, to be above them, I realize how special I am to you. I exalt you for this, and lift you in adoration. I feel fresh in my spirit as I contemplate your endless creation, energized, my faith lifts….

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    Week 2 – Wednesday Jan 8 – PRAISE
    Focus on God’s Word

    Are you wondering how we can praise God for His Word? Psalm 119:105 offers an example.
    Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV, caps added)

    Practical – Locate one or more ways to praise the Word of God as found in Psalm 19: 7-11. Feel free to share in the comments.

    Prayer Starter – Lord I give you praise because your Word is a lamp for my feet. It shows me where I’m going so that I don’t stumble or step on things that would harm me. Your Word is a light on my path and this gives me the confidence that I will not make a wrong turn. Your Laws are perfect, and they convert my soul….

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    Week 2 Thursday, Jan 9 – PRAISE

    Focus on God’s Attributes

    Do you like being complimented? Being told that you are able, capable, dependable, beautiful? God does too. And today we will look at some words that describe the character of God. The verses below quotes a word from the NKJV.

    Holy (1 Peter 1:16)
    Good (Mark 10:18)
    Merciful (Luke 6:36)
    Great (Job 36:26)
    Perfect (Psalm 18:30)
    Gracious (Psalm 103:8)
    All – powerful or omnipotent (1 Corinthians 6:14)
    All -knowing or omniscient (Job 21:22)
    Strong (Psalm 136:12)

    Practical: Can you find verses that identifies each of the characteristics below? What other ones can you add to the list? Which one stands out to you today?

    Mighty. Able. Just. Infinite. Sovereign. Love. Righteous. Faithful. Compassionate. Caring. Unchanging (immutable). Self-existent. Patient. Supreme. (Add to your list as the year unfolds.)

    Prayer Starter – Father in Heaven, I bow in adoration at who you are. I praise you for your faithfulness to me. Hour by hour, morning by morning, your mercies are new and fresh. Great is your faithfulness to me, O Lord. I breathe. I see. I am alive. You keep me safe when I go out. You are good to me even when I have not been my best. Your compassion towards me causes me to examine where I could be kinder, more patient, more understanding, and I acknowledge you as the sources of it all….

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    Week 2 Friday Jan 10 – PRAISE

    Focus on Praising God for Your Body

    Look, this is not about how underweight or over weight you think you are, or what is your BMI score. Place your hand over your heart? Is it beating? Then Praise God for that. Did you get stretch marks after having your babies? Then Praise God for both the marks and the gift of your child. Did those size whatever feet take you faithfully to the places you wanted to go? Then Praise God that they worked.

    I know many whose hearts are not beating, who may never get another scar – not even from a pimple, and who will never have to choose between sandals or pumps again. But they are either in the grave already or awaiting burial. YOU, my friend, ARE HERE. You are here for a reason and that’s another reason to give God the praise. Your fascinating, incomparable body is His highest work of creation.

    Psalm 139: 13-16 is a prayer of Praise that King David gives back to God. This version is from The Living Bible.
    Prayer Starter: You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!…

    Practical – Name each part of your body and praise God for its unique function. Write them down as they come to mind. Comment on the post if you feel comfortable doing so.

  10. admin says:

    Week 2 Saturday Jan 11 – PRAISE

    Has this week flown or what? And to think we are already eleven days into the New Year. How has it been praying for 2 minutes a day? I got some feedback that I’ll share with you. A few mentioned that in addition to their regular prayer routine, they use extra 2 minutes to pray for a specific need. One student said he prayed the 2 minutes on mornings when he is rushed and spend a longer time on his evening prayers. Another identified that she was not consistent with prayer but has become more so as a result of joining the prayer event. Praise God for those testimonies.

    Through the focus on Praise, this week we praised God for His Names, His Righteousness, His Infinite Creations, His Word, His Attributes, Your Body.

    Dick Eastman reminds us that because God has no limit, our praise is limitless. So I want to challenge your thinking to come up with other aspects in which to give God praise. Ask Him for ideas, and use them in your ongoing prayer. He summarises the chapter with the following:

    PRAISE: THE FIRST STEP IN WORLD CHANGING PRAYER
    1. Set aside a period of time specifically to praise God at the beginning of your prayer.
    2. Select a specific theme for praise (such as we did this week)
    3. Using that theme, declare vocally all that God is.
    4. Expand your theme as much as possible. Allow God to reveal new themes for worship as your time of praise develops.

    Prayer Starter – Father we are so appreciative that we can praise you meaningfully for all that you are. Thank you for Dick Eastman, and the practical method he offers to help us come to that realization, especially for those of us who are new to prayer. Help us to activate the power of prayer and change our lives, our environment, and the world. We praise you for what lies ahead, and for the delight we anticipate as we look at another focus come next week….

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    Week 3 – Sunday Jan 12
    Focus on WAITING
    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 3 minutes each day of this week.)

    What is “Waiting” is a perfectly logical question to ask. Dick Eastman describes this focus on prayer as “The Act of Soul Surrender”.

    An old monk of the 16th century advised this to a young woman who confessed her spiritual life had grown spiritually weak, “Your efforts have been unsuccessful because you have sought without only what you can find within. Accustom yourself to seek God in your heart , and you will not fail to find him.”
    Silently waiting in the presence of God.
    Practical – As you spend 3 minutes in prayer daily, I’d like to suggest you spend the first minute on Praise, and the other two minutes in silence before God. Pay attention to the thoughts that come to your mind. Try and write them down. Even if it’s a grocery list or other thing, you find that as you filter them out of your mind, you’ll be able to focus more on God. Don’t worry if you feel Waiting is not working at first. Small steps lead to big victories. And there’s always tomorrow to wait again.

    Prayer Starter – My Father in Heaven, I worship you for being with me on earth, right now. You are my help. You are my enabler. Today as I begin to wait on you intentionally, empower me to seek you in my heart. Train my heart to hear you. Please remove thoughts that will prevent me from honouring you. I want to find you, Lord. Oh how I want my soul to surrender to you….

  12. admin says:

    Week 3 – Monday Jan 13
    Focus on Waiting

    The well-memorized verse in Isaiah reads, “They that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV, caps added).

    Are you feeling weak, Friend? Can you use a strong shoulder to lean on? As I was writing my thoughts went back to high school in Trinidad. We had daily morning worship at Iere High School, and one of the hymns I learnt there had these lyrics:
    “A mighty fortress is our God, a trusted shield and weapon.”

    These words are echoed in Psalm 46, and it is my prayer that as you wait on the Lord you will feel physically energised and spiritually refreshed. For He is strong.

    Practical – Locate three verses that speak of benefits of waiting on God. Read Psalm 46 if you get a chance. As you spend 3 minutes in prayer this week, I’d like to suggest you spend the first minute on Praise, and the other two minutes in silence before God. Pay attention to the thoughts that come to your mind and write them down if you wish. And have a wonderful day.

    Prayer Starter – Dear Lord, I feel relieved that I can come to you in my time of weakness. I worship you for your strength, your might and your power. Carry me today because I feel weak. I’m encouraged to wait on you today because I know you will infuse me with your strength as I wait on you. Teach me to not be hurried, to slow down and draw from you…

  13. admin says:

    Week 3 Tuesday Jan 14
    Focus on WAITING

    Being alone with God is the central key to waiting. If you’ve been in love, you’ll probably notice that you were in love long before words could express that feeling. Strong relationships are best cultivated in silence. The knowledge of God is best revealed in silent waiting. (The Hour that Changes the World).

    Psalm 46:10 tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” It is clear that the stillness- the waiting- precedes knowing God. Busyness overshadows the knowledge of all that God is. Waiting restores this perspective.

    Practical – Think thoughts only of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit during your 3 minutes today.

    Prayer Starter – Quiet my spirit, Lord. Shut out the voices of the things around me for a few minutes so I can think of you. Occupy my mind and fill my thoughts completely with you. Thank you for helping me to wait effectively. (Now Wait.)

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    Week 3 Wednesday Jan 15

    Focus on WAITING

    “Meet me where the moose sleeps,” I said to my husband on his birthday. All three dugouts (watering holes for livestock) are beautifully encircled by trees and grass, and the blue waters beckon the animals. And me. The moose chooses the most private dugout, and there he rests all night as he waits for the morning. His heavy, big body flattens the grass, giving evidence of his presence, likewise the splashing sounds in the cool water that refreshes his body. Then he sleeps. And waits for the morning.

    In Psalm 130:6, Kind David pens: “My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for the morning.” (NKJV)

    I pray that you would be revitalized, expectant, longing as you wait on the Lord this morning.

    Practical – Read Psalm 130. Praise God for 1 minute, and spend the other 2 in Waiting if you can.

    Prayer Starter – I praise you for being there for me every morning, Lord, for looking over me every night. As I wait on you today, download thoughts of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit into my soul…

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    Week 3 Thursday Jan 16

    Focus on WAITING

    “Waiting is wordless worship… The highest worship of Almighty God consists in being taken up with Him. It is the most intimate form of communion in which the creature adores his Creator, the finite before the Infinite, the powerless before the Powerful, the nothing before the All.” (The Hour That Changes The World).

    Practical – If you are in a location that allows it, why not lie face down before the Almighty, the Creator, the Infinite, the Powerful, the All, and Wait on Him?

    Prayer Starter: Lord, my heart bows before you (despite my physical posture). Almighty God. Infinite One. My All in All, I worship you…

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    Week 3 Friday Jan 17

    Focus on WAITING

    Waiting helps deals with a spirit of selfishness that follows believers into the prayer time as the focus is on God and not on self. That comes later. To wait in silence is to bid farewell to earthly conversation and attention. It is the vital link that takes us from the carnal world into the spiritual world. This silent surrendering of the soul to God opens the door to the higher plane of His divine love… We must not rush these moments of spiritual silence. If any quality seems typically “Christian’ it is our impatience with God’s timing. An unknown saint confessed, “Many a man asks in April a gift of divine fruit that will be ripe only in June.” We must wait for the best of God’s blessings, even in prayer. (The Hour That Changes the World.)

    Practical – Spend 1 minute on Praise and 2 minutes on Waiting. Is it becoming easier to concentrate on the Lord? Don’t get discouraged if you feel distracted. Remember as you practice Waiting, it becomes easier and more natural. Did new thoughts of God enter your mind?

    Prayer Starter – Father you are holy. You are spiritually pure. Reveal more of your holiness to me as I wait…

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    Week 3 Saturday Jan 18

    Focus on WAITING

    And here we are – a third week in the New Year has gone, and we’ve waited in prayer this week. You have advanced another step in effective prayer, and that makes the devil tremble. And we welcomed 10 individuals this week to the 1-Minute Prayer Plan. Praise God.

    Dick Eastman summarises the chapter on Waiting like this:

    Waiting: The Second Step in World Changing Prayer.

    1. After your moments of Praise, bring your mind and spirit into a time of complete silence to the world.
    2. Think no thoughts but thoughts of God the Father, His Son, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.
    3. If words are to be voiced, let them be quiet whispering like, “I love you Lord,” or “I long for your presence, O God.”
    4. Concentrate full attention on the “love” aspect of God’s nature in these minutes of silence.

    I’ll add that training your mind to think is an active process. It takes time and conscious effort. “Waiting” gets better with practice it, so don’t give in to discouragement if you experience distraction. That’s why we take them in minute long doses. You are doing great in your new intentional walk in prayer, so keep on. Tomorrow we will begin the new week with “Confession.”

    Have a great Saturday.

    Prayer Starter – Holy Spirit, you are the great teacher, so teach me to wait….

  18. admin says:

    Week 4 – Sunday Jan 19

    Focus on CONFESSION

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 4 minutes each day of this week.)

    Hello again, and welcome to Week 4 of 1-Minute praying. Over the last two weeks we honoured God with verbal praise and silent adoration, and this week we will focus on personal sin. Getting past sin is critical to effective praying.
    Confession means to admit or acknowledge a fault, misdeed or wrongdoing. The Bible terms these wrongdoings as “sin”. I’ve found that when I remember my sins, it is easy to get discouraged and feel unworthy, and this can tempt me to abandon prayer altogther. Is this true of you too? Yet we must remember that God has promised that “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9). We can only enjoy uninterrupted prayer when we know that our hearts are in right standng with God. When we confess to Him, we are agreeing that we have fallen short of His standard. Confession forces us to look at our own spiritual standings. And this, Friend, is between you and God.

    Practical – As you spend 4 minutes in prayer daily, I’d like to suggest you spend the first minute on Praise, the second minute in Waiting, and the last two minutes in Confession. Pay attention to what comes to mind immediately. And remember, if you confess it, He forgives it.

    Prayer Starter – Lord you are great, and greatly to be praised….I come to you imperfect, flawed and needy. I recognize that I have sinned, that I am born in sin, and the sin nature lives in me. Forgive me for the things I have done that have not aligned with your word (you can give examples). I thank you that I am forgiven according to your promise in 1 John 1:9. Give me the strength to withhold from sin. In Jesus name, Amen.

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    Week 4 – Monday Jan 20

    Focus on CONFESSION

    Psalm 51 has been described as the classical piece of scripture on forgiveness. This was the prayer that King David uttered when the prophet Nathan confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba, and the slaying of her husband, Uriah. Confronted with his sin, King David owns it and cries out to God in his prayer of repentance.
    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

    Practical – Reflect on the last 24 hours and see whether there was any failings? They can be in actions (what’s done,) inactions (things not done,) thoughts, words and so on. Bring them to the Lord. How about spending the first minute on Praise, the second minute in Waiting, and the last two minutes in Confession.

    Prayer Starter –
    1. Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. … 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. (NKJV)

  20. admin says:

    Week 4 Tuesday Jan 21

    Focus on CONFESSION

    Dick Eastman identifies a four-fold pattern for daily confession in David’s prayer. If you followed Tuesday’s post, you’d have read the prayer in Psalm 51. First he cries out for divine holiness, “Create in me a clean heart.” By being desperate for a clean heart, David was asking for a right relationship with God, and realizes that forgiveness is a work only God can do. Second, he cries out for a divine attitude, “And renew a right spirit within me.” This petition has to do with a right relationship with others. Tenuous relationships can lead to bitterness, and bitterness drains prayer of power.

    Practical – Take a quick mental trip over the last 24 hours. Ask yourself, “Did I fail God in any areas of my personal conduct? Was I honest in my dealings with others? Do I hold bitterness towards another person?” As the Holy Spirit reveals areas of spiritual failings, confess them and declare your victory.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, your Word tells me that my iniquities have separated me from You, and my sins have hid Your face from me so that you will not hear me (Isaiah 59:2). Bring to my mind the thoughts that have displeased you. Make me willing to forgive anyone who I feel at odds with….

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    Week 4 Wednesday Jan 22

    Focus on CONFESSION

    A third aspect to the “How” of confessing that Dick Eastman points out in David’s prayer is the need for divine guidance. When he begged, “Cast me not away from your presence,” King David confesses his need for God’s presence throughout the day, especially to defeat and temptation. Jesus echoes this necessity in His prayer in Matthew 6:13. “Lead us not into temptation.” When we confess that God will be with us when temptation comes, it helps prepare us for those attacks. (The Hour That Changes The World).
    Practical – If memories come to mind that at outside of the recent 24 hours, bring them to the Lord. Don’t be surprised if events or thoughts surface that may have happened a long time ago. Jesus will forgive if you ask Him. Feel free to jot in your journal. If you want, spend 1 minute in Praise, 1 minute on Waiting and 2 minutes on Confession.

    Prayer Starter – Dear God, you are great and might, a strong tower and a refuge. I need your presence, strength and power today to stand against the temptations that I’ll encounter today. Search my heart, my thoughts and my actions and see if there is any wickedness in them. Shine your light on them so I can be aware of them, and confess them….

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    Week 4 Thursday Jan 23

    Focus on CONFESSION

    “Take not your Holy Spirit from me.” King David was desperate before God. This man knew his kingdom power and authority lacked something he needed for restoration. Divine unction. Divine unction is the spiritual influence, the anointing of God. Dick Eastman notes that God has no intention of removing His Spirit from obedient believers, but still this aspect of confession is important. It is a renewed affirmation that we cannot accomplish anything apart from the direct assistance of the Holy Spirit. It is to admit that without God’s Spirit operating in and through us, all efforts will be hopelessly ineffective.

    Practical – Check if your confession has the four points – a call for divine holiness, divine attitude, divine guidance, divine unction. If you need to refresh on how those work into prayer, scroll down the 1-Minute Prayer Plan page and look at the earlier posts. Suggestion – Praise God for 1 minute, Wait for 1 minute and Confess for 2 minutes. Write down any changes you see in your life as you pray meaningfully (most applicable if you are new to prayer.) Don’t be surprised if you experience positive physical effects too. Stay blessed for you are.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, I praise you for the good work you are doing in me mentally, spiritually and in my body….

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    Week 4 Friday Jan 24

    Focus on CONFESSION

    In old Bible days the priests used to go to the inner part of the temple to cleanse it for service to the Lord. (2 Chronicles 29:16). Today, our inner person or hearts are the dwelling place of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19 asks, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own?” Confession is necessary to personal prayer because it begins the process of cleansing our spiritual temple.

    Confession is also necessary if we want God to hear us. For if God cannot hear us, praying would be in vain. Psalm 66:18 states, “If I regard sin in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Thus making ourselves right at the start reassures us that our prayer will be heard, and if heard, answered.

    Practical – Ask the Lord to reveal to you things that may not ordinarily think is sin. (I’m doing this too.) Don’t over-analyze, justify, or excuse what He brings to your attention. Simply tell Him you are sorry, and ask Him to forgive you. If it involves another person, why not take another step and ask that person for forgiveness? Or offer him/her your forgiveness? Pay attention to whether peace follows confession.

    Prayer Starter – (Power of Your Love written by G.W. Bullock)
    Lord I come to You
    Let my heart be changed, renewed
    Flowing from the grace
    That I found in You.
    And Lord I’ve come to know
    The weaknesses I see in me
    Will be stripped away
    By the power of Your love.
    Hold me close
    Let Your love surround me
    Bring me near
    Draw me to Your side.
    And as I wait
    I’ll rise up like the eagle
    And I will soar with You
    Your Spirit leads me on
    In the power of Your love.
    Lord unveil my eyes
    Let me see You face to face
    The knowledge of Your love
    As You live in me.
    Lord renew my mind
    As Your will unfolds in my life
    In living every day
    In the power of Your love.

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    Week 4 Saturday Jan 25

    Focus on CONFESSION

    One month ago we were celebrating Jesus’s birthday, opening presents and eyeballing an nth helping of delicious. On the same date today we have feasted in His Presence and completed for 4 weeks of life changing prayer.

    Here’s a summary of the Confession aspect:

    1. After your time of waiting, ask the Lord to search your heart for any unconfessed sin.
    2. Take a quick mental trip over your recent (or not-so-recent) activities to identify possible area of spiritual failure that need confessing.
    3. Confess the specific sins as they come to mind, be they against God or a person.
    4. Confess your need for divine guidance and anointing, naming the areas in which you most need them. (Paraphrased from The Hour That Changes The World.)

    Practical – Spend 1 minutes on Praise, 1 minute on Waiting and two minutes on Confession. If the Holy Spirit prompts you to action, obey.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, what a privilege it is to come to you again….

    …You know what, I am totally excited for Week 5, Scripture Praying. It’s my all-time favourite way of praying. Tomorrow I’ll share why, the results, and how you can experience the same. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    Week 5 Jan 26

    Focus on SCRIPTURE PRAYING

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 5 minutes each day of this week.)

    In elementary school I received a prize for being First in my class, a coveted delight called “My First Book of Prayers”. Filled with colourful pictures, it was my first tangible expression of prayer as a child, then teachings at church strengthened my knowledge as I grew older. But it was not until my early years at university, and my involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ, that I learnt what would become the most effective prayer strategy I’ve encountered. You’re familiar with it by now: the book, The Hour That Changes the World by Dick Eastman. In that little powerhouse I learnt of the multifaceted areas of prayer, and so far I’ve shared Praise, Waiting and Confession aspects. Today we start week 5, and the focus is Scripture Praying. Of all the areas of prayer, this one is my all-time favourite.

    Scripture Praying applies the Word of God to requests, and in turn He pours out His power on our prayer. It reminds me of a lawyer presenting a case, where a point is made and then backed up with a reference.

    In my first year at university I scored a ‘C’ grade in Marketing and was quite distressed about it. I searched the Bible for words that spoke to good grades and intelligence, and found some in Daniel 1:4. “Children in whom was no blemish, but well-favoured, and skillful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (KJV)

    Since the Word of God MUST come to pass, I prayed this verse daily, personalizing it to my situation like this: “I, Susan, am favoured by God just like Daniel was. I am smart and wise, and will understand and gain knowledge in every kind of learning including Marketing, Accounting 1, Politics, Economics, Maths & Stats…..” and I named every course I took. The following semester I scored an A in Business Policy, the follow up course to Marketing, and my faith in Scripture Praying was affirmed.

    I want to underscore to you today, dear praying friend, that not one jot, not a punctuation mark, or a letter will go unnoticed by God. Pray the Word back to Him who spoke the Word, and see it come to pass.

    The Word is the tool that Jesus used to defeat Satan’s temptation after His forty-day fast. Not once, but three times, Jesus said, “It is written” and quoted the Scriptures. His strategy is as potent and effective today as it was then. Ensure you are doing what is required in your immediate environment, then speak the Word to your mountain and see the Lord unfold the results.

    (This is an excerpt from my book, Golden Apples in Silver Settings, Ch 17 – Fresh Resolve to Pray.)

    Practical – List your prayer needs. Then use a concordance (there’s a free one online at http://www.biblegateway.com/) to find a verse in the Bible that speaks to your situation. Personalize it by inserting your names as I did in the example above. Jot it in your notebook.

    Prayer Starter idea – Spend 1 minute each on Praise, Waiting and Confession, and the remaining minutes on Scripture. Then pray the scripture you have chosen.

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    Week 5 Jan 27

    Focus on SCRIPTURE PRAYING

    “Prayer projects faith on God, and God on the world. Only God can move mountains but faith and prayer moves God.” E.M. Bounds
    Paul reminds the Roman believers concerning mountain-moving faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing y the Word of God.” Romans 10:17.

    Practical – Is there an area in your life that needs mountain-moving faith? Locate 3 verses in the Bible that talks about that need, and pray them to God. Insert your name to make it personal. Spent 1 minute each on Praise, Waiting and Confession, and the remaining time on Scripture Praying.

    Prayer Starter – I praise you Lord because you promise keep me from all harm – to watch over my life. Psalm 121:8 says that you will watch over my coming in and my going out, both now and forevermore. Prepare the highways and the roads with safe driving conditions as I travel to schools this week. Give me fair weather, and thank you. In Jesus name, amen.

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    Week 5 Jan 28

    Focus on Scripture Praying

    A preacher by the name of G. Campbell Morgan wrote, ” My brothers, see to it that when morning breaks you go to God for sustenance for your spiritual life. That will make you strong against the allurements of the Devil. So many people turn out to face the temptations of the day spiritually unfed, spiritually hungry, and therefore they are attacked by all kinds of enticements of the enemy. It is the man fed by God, spiritually and physically, who is likely to overcome in the hour of temptation.” (The Hour That Changes the World.)

    Practical – Just as you schedule physical meals, why not have similar meals for your spirit? A snack of God word may be a single verse, dinner a chapter, and a buffet any combo that you desire.

    Prayer Starter, Lord the Bible tells me in Matthew 4:4 that I shall not live by physical food only, but I need every Word that is spoken from the mouth of God. Help me to hunger for your Word, to feast on it, and to become healthy from all that it offers. I know that prayer or good works do not bring faith, faith comes only from the Word. So teach me to love your Word and to read or listen to it daily so I could become strong…

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    Week 5 Jan 29

    Focus on SCRIPTURE PRAYING

    Two years ago I became fascinated with George Mueller’s life. Throughout his ministry in writing and educating children, building orphanages and running them at for years, George Mueller never asked for donations. He relied on God solely as the Source. I was intrigued that while writing Little Copper Pennies, the Lord would remind me this man of prayer. He prayed with his Bible open. He filled his requests with God’s Word. George Mueller Scripture-prayed. At age 90, this ordinary man declared, “I have never had an unanswered prayer.”

    There are free e-books of his life and ministry on Amazon, and I’ve read the one shown in the link. I was so excited and intrigued by George’s faith and his love for God’s Word. The book I read is free at http://www.amazon.com/Narrative-Dealings-George-Written-Himself-ebook/dp/B004TOYETG (at as today’s date Jan 29/14.)

    Practical – Jot down verses that support your prayer request on sticky notes so you can Scripture pray them often. By faith, thank God for the answer.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, your Word says in Philippines 4:19 that you will supply all my needs. I bring this need to you today … (Spend 1 minute on Praise, 1 minute on Waiting, 1 minute of Confession and 2 minutes on Scripture Praying.)

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    Week 5 Jan 30

    Focus on SCRIPTURE PRAYING

    Today’s post is a direct quote from The Hour That Changes The World.

    ” Concerning the power of Scripture, Paul declared, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh in you that believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13.) Another translation declares that God’s Word has “living power in you who have faith” (The New Testament in Basic English).

    If God’s word “effectually worketh” in those who believe, it should carry the same impact within our prayers. By bringing God’s Word directly into our praying, we are bringing God’s power directly into our praying. ” – Dick Eastman

    Practical – Try using the Psalms, Proverbs, the Gospels or Epistles at first as these lend themselves more easily to Scripture Praying.

    Prayer Starter – I have breath and I will praise you, Lord (Psalm 150:6)… I pray for the people who are blinded by the god of this age and as such cannot see the light of Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:4). Continue to shine you light on them. Use situations and experiences so they can sense Jesus, and discover who you are….

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    Week 5 Jan 31

    Focus on SCRIPTURE PRAYING

    Are you finding that it is easier to memorize scripture when you Scripture Pray? David says in Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” I’ve noticed that as I paraphrase verses into prayer that I remember them more easily and I can pray them wherever I am. So be encouraged that as you pray Scripture, you are gaining added benefit of God’s Word of being empowered against sin. As I mentioned on Sunday’s post, Scripture Praying is my favourite way of praying, and I can spend most of my prayer time on it. Therefore I have to be careful that I do not neglect other aspects of prayer – praise, waiting, confession and the rest that will unfold on this exciting journey. And I’ve also discovered that not every verse in the Bible may be used for creating a prayer. What discoveries have you made?

    Practical – List any new discoveries you are making as you pray Scripture. Do you have a testimony of answered prayer? Share in the comments so we can rejoice with you. Spend 1 minute on each of the areas of Praise, Waiting, and Confession, and 2 minutes on SP.

    Prayer Starter – Holy, holy holy, Lord God Almighty…Your Word tells me that in in every circumstance I should give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me (1 Thessalonians 5:18). So today I thank you for my dependence on you, my health, for a warm place to sleep, for friends who I can count on…

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    Week 5 Feb 1, 2014

    Focus on SCRIPTURE PRAYING

    Hi Friend, Just like that we’ve completed the first month in the new year, and we’ve prayed through January. Small, one-line prayers. Short, one-minute prayers. Producing huge impact on Heaven. Creating a lifestyle that maybe did not exist.
    And we enter the second month. February with its anticipation of spring around the corner, ground hog sighting, a new month to pray all over again.

    Dick Eastman summarizes Scripture Praying with these points:
    1. Ask God to bless His Word to your spiritual body just as He blesses natural food to your physical body.
    2. Examine a passage or verse from the Bible (some good starting points are the Gospels, the Epistles, Psalms, or Proverbs.) Look carefully for specific ways to apply each verse to prayer.
    3. Ask yourself what petition this verse(s) prompts you to make, or what promise stands behind a specific petition.
    4. Develop actual prayers based on the thoughts and phrases included in a verse(s) of Scripture and offer those prayers confidently to the Lord.

    Practical – Pray the Word. Praise the Word. Write the Word. Memorize the Word. Spend 1 minute each on Praise, Waiting and Confession, and the remaining 2 minutes on Scripture Praying.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, I recognize that Your Word alone is the source of faith. It enriches my life and my praying. Your Word is like a fire, like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces (Jeremiah 23:29). Thank you that I can depend on it as I pray and believe…

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    Week 6 Sunday, Feb 2

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 6 minutes each day of this week.)

    Today the world watched with bated breath to see if the groundhog will see his shadow. The news plasters the internet, “Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow early Sunday morning and saw his shadow, signaling that winter will be sticking around.” An environmental condition.

    Jesus commanded us to “Watch and pray” in Mark 14:38. For our spiritual condition. So that we don’t fall into temptation. Watching means to be on the alert in the spirit. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us to be watchful because the our enemy the devil goes around like a lion, seeking to devour us. The Watching aspect of prayer calls us to be vigilant, purposeful and intentional. Watch like soldiers on guard. Their job is to seize the enemy and keep the ones guarded, safe. Watch expectantly like the millions do for the groundhog, knowing that with Jesus there is no doubt or speculation. Our minds are the battlefield and Satan and Jesus fights for it. But we know who is the winner. So watch with that in mind.

    Practical – Ask the Lord to guard your mind as you pray. Find a verse that relates to watching and form a prayer. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and 2 minutes on Watching.

    Prayer Starter – Father, you are the Lion of Judah, and you crush the imitator lion, Satan under your feet. Take control of my mind and give me the alertness to be on guard against temptations (name them) or (list the situations)…

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    Week 6 Monday, Feb 3

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    Being watchful is an active behavior. As such, we need to make ourselves aware of the many ways Satan seeks to obstruct the effectiveness of our prayer. Our minds get distracted, we think on things that could wait, the phone rings, to name a few. One of the helpful things about this prayer plan is that in taking it is tiny time-frames of 1 minute, it becomes easier to train our minds to focus in prayer. Have you found this to be true? I know I do. To watch in prayer is to be cognizant that the devil will try to divert your thoughts to other things, so I want to encourage you to stand firm against them. One of the ways we stand strong is by having purpose in prayer. Identify specific requests and plead the Lord’s promises from His Word.

    Practical – Make a list of the things you want to pray about (your goal in prayer.) Then pray the items on the list. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and 2 minutes on Watching.

    Prayer Starter – Father, I desire to be purposeful against the onslaught of the enemy’s attack against my mind when I’m praying. Give me the will to concentrate during prayer…

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    Week 6 Tuesday Feb 4, 2014

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    Not only must we be Alert to personal satanic attacks, we must become aware of the “wiles of the devil” as they pertain to God’s plan throughout the world. Dick Eastman suggests you ask two questions: “How much awareness do I have relative to the problems of world evangelism?” and “Am I aware of how Satan is working to hinder God’s workers?”

    Practical – Read material that makes you spiritually aware of specific world needs. If you are affiliated with a church, chances are there might be missionary-related journals you can access. If not, a web search on “World evangelism” will be a good starting point.

    Prayer Starter – You are worthy to be worshipped, O Lord. Fix my affections on you so that I will not be diverted. Teach me your truth, so that I will not be pressured by lies and wiles…

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    Week 6 Wednesday Feb 5, 2014

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    I wear reading glasses and know all too well the despair of fuzzy vision. And that’s why I appreciate even more what Dick Eastman writes:

    To “watch” in prayer is to open our spiritual eyes to perceive special secrets God wants to reveal to us. We must permit the Holy Spirit to enlighten us during prayer. As we watch in prayer, those needs hiding in the shadows of human awareness come alive through the light of God’s Spirit. We see each with a supernatural clarity. What was a blur is now a focus. Or as Jonathan swift puts it, “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”

    Practical – Ask the Lord to enlighten you of needs hiding in the shadows of your awareness. I strongly urge you to write them down.

    Prayer Starter – Remove the scales from my eyes so that I might see, O Lord. Anoint my eyes with eye salve so I perceive what was blurry…

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    Week 6 Thursday Feb 6, 2014

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    Another way we can become more aware of what to watch (pray) is to reflect mentally on the news of the day. My computer opens up to the MSN home screen and at a glance I can take in the major headlines. You might prefer to take in news via radio, television, social media, newspaper, or the Internet. Themes of political changes, social injustice, economic turmoil, civil unrest are but a few that we can stand in the gap for.

    Practical – Go through the current events of the last day or so and pray about those that come to mind. Ask God to bring to your memory any that deserves specific prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit what you should claim and how you should claim it. Find a scripture to support your prayer if possible.

    Prayer Starter – Thank you Lord for your blessings to me. I come on behalf of those who are experiencing droughts and famine in other lands, those oppressed in the sex trade, those living in fear because of natural disasters, unstable government…(be specific to countries, groups, needs etc as the Lord reminds you. One of mine’s is widows and orphans.)

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    Week 6 Friday Feb 7, 2014

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    How do you feel when someone is watching out for you? Relieved, peaceful, secure, loved, significant? I find that when I put myself in the place of the one needing prayer, I pray with greater fervor. I become truly interested in the person’s well-being. In the same way, when we watch in prayer for the affairs the Lord lays on our hearts, we expand our capacity to care for a world that needs God so desperately.

    Practical – Continuing from yesterday, pray for a group(s) or cause(s) that the Lord brings to your mind. I’m focusing on animals and the Olympics today. Locate a verse to support your request. Journalize if you feel like it. Spend 1 minute each on Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and 2 minutes on Watching.

    Prayer Starter – Be my vision, Lord. Give me eyes to see what lies beyond the natural. Illuminate my insight through the power of your Holy Spirit. Shatter indifference so that I can care. Bring change when I’m on watch…

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    Week 6 Saturday Feb 8, 2014

    Focus on WATCHING – The Act of Mental Awareness

    Summary of Watching: The 5th Step in World-Changing Prayer (Dick Eastman)

    1. Take a few moments during prayer to become spiritually alert. Watch for the methods Satan may try to use to hinder your Christian walk that day. Prayerfully claim power to defeat Satan in each of these areas.

    2. Read denominational or missionary-evangelism magazines to help become alert to specific needs in God’s work around the world.

    3. Prayerfully recall various international news developments that deserve special prayer.

    4. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal further spiritual facts about these needs. This will aid you in praying more intelligently for these needs.

    Practical: Spend 1 minute each on Praise, Waiting, Confession and Scripture Praying, and the remaining 2 on Watching.

    Prayer Starter: Lord, just as you came to the disciples in the fourth watch of the night (Matthew 14:25) I believe that you will come to those of us who need your help. (Be specific about those needs)…

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    Week 7 Sunday Feb 9, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 7 minutes each day of this week.)

    We’ve hit week 7, dear pray-ers, and I hope you have not stopped praying. Seven is God’s perfect number and I’m anticipating perfection over the next few days. Are you?

    Identifying goals, knowing callings, having reasons for being – these are some factors that bring focus to the chaos that could so easily take over our lives. Many wonder why they were created, but as followers of Jesus, we can know our reasons for being on earth. Our divine purpose and our divine task. Our chief purpose for being here is to glorify God. Our chief task is to evangelize the lost.

    Intercession is prayer offered on behalf of another. When we intercede, we forget our personal needs and direct our faith and attention on other people. To intercede is to mediate, to stand in the gap between a lost being and an Almighty God. Edward Bauman explains in the book, Intercessory Prayer, “When we pray for others we do not stand with outstretched hands hoping to receive something for ourselves. We stand at God’s side, working together with Him, in the task of redeeming others.” (The Hour That Changes The World.)

    Practical – Think about someone you can pray for today. Ask the Lord to bring names/faces to your mind. Write them down if you feel led. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, and 2 minutes on Intercession.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, you’ve gone to prepare a place for your people. Enable me this week to intercede for the ones who are not yet ready for your kingdom in eternity. Show me their faces, sound out their names, and make to faithful to intercede…

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    Week 7 Monday Feb 10, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    Have you wondered why we’re Interceding before Petitioning in this prayer wheel? One suggestion is to guard against the selfishness that can creep in easily and go unnoticed because we are by nature selfish beings. Praying for others before ourselves diverts us from “me”. Jesus recognizes this too and teaches in the model we refer to as the Lord’s Prayer – “Thy kingdom come,” before praying, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Dick Eastman describes this as Jesus desiring us to become “soul conscious” instead of “thing conscious.”

    Practical – Ask the Lord to lay on your heart a person(s) for whom you should intercede. Don’t be surprise if it’s not your favourite individual. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, and 2 minutes on Intercession.

    Prayer Starter – Fill my heart with the people that are dear to your heart O Lord. That (insert name) would feel your peace as I pray and experience salvation, renewed faith, fresh awakening…

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    Week 7 Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    When I first started praying for nations to come to know Jesus, I found that after a while my prayers sounded pretty much the same. I’d pray on general themes of justice, peace, and health. Then I’ll intercede for people to become dissatisfied with what existed spiritually (or not exist), that they’d develop a hunger for something deeper, that’s they’d hear the gospel and be saved, and that they’d be taught and become disciples .

    I’ll admit that I wondered whether it was okay to repeat the same prayer, or a somewhat modified one, day after day. After all, Jesus had cautioned about vain repetitions in Matthew 6:7 ” And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (NKJV)

    What did Jesus mean and how do I gauge whether I’m using vain repetitions? (to be continued in tomorrow’s post.)

    Practical – Choose a country and intercede using the prayer points above.

    Prayer Starter: Father, I prayer that people in (name of country) will develop a hunger for something deeper, hear the gospel and be saved, be taught and become disciples…In Jesus Name.

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    Week 7 Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    I mentioned yesterday that I’d explain more on repetition in prayer today. If we look at Jesus’s words in the Matthew 6:7, we’d see that He was not referring to all repetition in prayer. Rather, He was urging His disciples to avoid “vain” (which means “empty”) repetition. Notice that He uses the term “vain” in the context of “as the heathens do.”
    Dick Eastman writes that there are heathen cultures that have strange and unique forms of prayer that are clearly empty and repetitious. He cites the Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheel as one of the most notable one. Chiselling prayers to heathen gods on a clay wheel and assuming that spinning the wheel causes these hundreds of prayers to rise simultaneously, is a perfect example of ‘vain” repetition.
    On the other hand, the Christian in right standing with Jesus, who bring before the Lord a similar petition from day to day, hardly fits in the same category of “vain” as the spinning wheel routine does. To pray similar prayers daily for nations of the world may appear to be repetitious but it is not in vain. (The Hour That Changes The World.)

    Practical – Intercede for nations where the gospel is closed and people are imprisoned or put to death because of their faith in Jesus.

    Prayer Starter – Father, I thank you that I can come to you on behalf of the countries and nations of this beautiful world You created. Thank you also that what if I ask in Jesus’ name, He will do it. (John 14:14)

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    Week 7 Thursday Feb 13, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    Are you one of the persons who have asked for prayer either through a general post on the 1-Minute Prayer Plan or via a private message? If so, I want to tell you a secret – I’ve written down your needs and I pray for you by name. That’s the notebook in the photo, a purple one I purchased for $4.29. Four times in the New Testament, Paul speaks of ‘making mention’ of fellow Christians in prayers (Romans 1:9 …I make mention of you in my prayer. – NKJV).
    I want to assure you that I pray for you every day, and more than once a day I offer the book to the Lord and whisper, “I’m reminding you of these, Lord. Break through for those whose needs and causes that are written in this book.” Most often I intercede for a much longer time.

    Practical – Locate two more verses that support praying for others by names. Write down the names of 5 persons to pray for by name.

    Prayer Starter – I praise you, Lord, for the privilege to bring (list names) before you today. Fill him/her with you strength, love and protection. Nullify the plans of the enemy that are aimed at her. Let hope rise in him, and allow him to feel the peace that comes from knowing that God is working on his behalf. Let these precious “feel” that I’m is praying for them…

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    Week 7 Friday Feb 14, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    Do you pray for people in authority? In 1 Timothy 1:1-2, we are encouraged, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.…” I particularly like the open-ended nature of “all who are in authority.” Prime Ministers, presidents, queens, local government, teachers, parents, babysitters, specialists in a field, experts… Notice that the Scripture did not say we have to like the leader or support their thinking. Could it be that our prayers could create a mental shift in God’s direction? Intercession provide a real opportunity to impact world views, so do get involved in prayer.

    Practical – Jot down the names of some leaders/persons in authority that you can intercede for today. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, and 2 minutes on Intercession

    Prayer Starter – What a privilege it is that I can lift these honourable men and women before your throne, O Lord. For this is good and acceptable in your sight…

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    Week 7 Saturday Feb 15, 2014

    Focus on INTERCESSION – The Act of Earnest Appeal

    Summary of Intercession: The 6th step in World-Changing Prayer

    1. Prepare for intercession by creating a specific plan that includes special prayer for God’s work around the world.
    2. Pray for new compassion for these moments of intercession, so your praying will reach out to the lost with genuine concern.
    3. Include the four key scriptural claims – ask God to give more labourers for the harvest, to open doors for these workers, to bless them with the fruit as the result of their efforts, and with finances to expand their work
    4. Include specific countries and their leaders in your intercession
    (The Hour That Changes The World.)

    Practical – Write down the places/people/causes you intercede for in your journal, and go back from time to time to update the prayers that have been answered. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, and 2 minutes on Intercession.

    Prayer Starter – Help me to fulfil the Great Commission as identified in Matthew 28:19-20, dear Lord. Make me obedient to tell others about you, to make disciples of all nations, to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thank you for the assurance that you are with me always, even to the very end of the age…

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    Week 8 – Sunday Feb 16, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 8 minutes this week.

    Here’s a heads-up, 1-Minute praying friend, this week’s focus is all about YOU. In the past weeks we’ve praise God first, looked at what sin does, watched, prayed for others, and now it’s time to shine the spotlight on you. Asking God for specific personal needs. Jesus promises that if we ask, we shall receive. If we seek, we will find. If we knock, doors will open. So ask, seek and knock.

    Practical – I would strongly recommend that you write down your needs. Add a note when the prayer is answered. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, and 2 minutes on Petition.

    Prayer Starter – I am grateful that I can come to you in the name of Jesus to ask for the things I need…

  47. admin says:

    Week 8 – Monday Feb 17, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    Pray for what you need, friend. Elijah prayed for rain and God sent it. He prayed for fire, and flames fell from heaven. Daniel prayed for the Jews to be delivered. Paul prayed for the nations to be converted. When Jesus approached the blind man, he asked, “What can I do for you?” (Mark 10:51). Jesus knew the man’s situation but He wanted him to declare it. Dick Eastman cites, “Petition is a confession of helplessness in a specific matter.” Expressed helplessness is man’s way of opening his heart’s door to receive God’s power. We must define the need.

    Practical – Look at major aspects of your life and list the needs specifically. You can take an area each day of this week and petition God for those needs. Some suggestions are health, job/work/career, family, marriage, finances, friends, safety, finding balance, eating, exercising, recreation, studying God’s word…

    Prayer Starter – Lord, I come to you, with open hands and expectant heart…

  48. admin says:

    Week 8 – Tuesday Feb 18, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    Jesus taught us, “Give us this day our daily bread,” (Matthew 6:11). The word “bread” is a generic term to indicate ‘needs.” And “daily” means every day, from Sunday to Saturday of every week, of every year you’ll live. The verse clearly indicates that we are to express our dependence on Jesus for every need. You can ask Him for what you want, every day. Today.

    Practical – List your needs and bring them to the Lord. Track responses to answered prayer, and give thanks for those answers that are on the way.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, your word teaches me to ask for my needs, and today I ask for …

  49. admin says:

    Week 8 – Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    Here are a few considerations for presenting petitions:
    • Is your petition specific? If you ask for “blessings” you may not recognize when it comes since “blessings” is a general term. If you ask for someone to be available to babysit your kid, then you can identify when that petition is granted.
    • Is your petition complete? Analyze the need from every angle and express it as a prayer.
    • Is your petition sincere? This is an attitude check, approaching with the right spirit. Demonstrating humility when asking, having confidence in knowing Who hears.
    • Is your petition simple? Eloquence is not necessary and sometimes words are difficult. God understands murmurs, tears and brokenness as well as he does fancy language.

    Practical – Check your petitions against the above pointers. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, and 2 minutes on Petition.

    Prayer Starter – You are great and greatly to be praised, My Lord and My Redeemer…

  50. admin says:

    Week 8 – Thursday Feb 20, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    Have you wondered why the answers to your prayers do not come right away? If all prayers were answered right away, would we dig deep roots and mature the way we do when we persevere in faith?
    Sometimes we learn the principles of prayer only through the actual practice of prayer. Dick Eastman suggests that God desires to teach us more about matters of true spiritual warfare, as it prepares us for the serious battles that lie ahead. So persevere in prayer while you wait for the answer, and see your faith increase and your spirit mature.

    Practical – Continue to give God thanks for the answers that are to come. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, and 2 minutes on Petition.

    Prayer Starter – I make a choice to keep my faith alive even though I may not see the answers as quickly as I like, O Lord. I trust that you will work all things for my good as promised in Romans 8:28…

  51. admin says:

    Week 8 – Friday Feb 21, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    Has the Lord been answering your petitions?

    Here’s what the Lord did for me. I did not petition, I only thought of it… a few weeks ago I fell down and my right hand bore the worst effects of the fall. So while I was okay in every other way, I had to rearrange my schedule to remove anything that required right-handedness, like styling hair, shovelling snow (no regrets there), and creating exotic menus. Since simplicity was the order of the day, the Pillsbury crescent rolls met that criterion in that only 12 minutes in the oven would convert white dough to golden croissants. But one problem stood in the way. A major problem. Opening the intricate package. Under normal circumstances I have difficulty tearing the silver tab from the starting point. A swollen hand rendered it impossible! And I’m no leftie.

    My “staff” was otherwise occupied, one at basketball and the and the other at work, miles away. I looked at the blue tube in the fridge and thought again what a perfect addition it would be to supper. One hour later I went to the fridge for a snack. I started. I stared with my mouth open. I rushed for my camera.

    I thanked the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for allowing the tube to pop open on its own. Friend, be encouraged. Stay hopeful. God cares, He hears and sees, and He answers.

    Practical – Write, and write again what the Lord has done for you. Then read it, and read it again. Invite someone to join the 1-Minute Prayer Plan because God is moving among us.

    Prayer Starter – How can I give thanks for the things You have done? Things so undeserved yet you prove your love each time. You read my thoughts before I can voice them. How much more will you answer prayer when I voice them?…

  52. admin says:

    Week 8 – Saturday Feb 22, 2014
    Focus on PETITION – The Act of Personal Supplication

    We wrap up this week with a summary of Petition: The 7th Step in World-Changing Prayer

    1. Begin your petitions by asking the Holy Spirit to help you claim only those desires that will bring special honour to the Lord.
    2. Make a mental list of specific needs you have for that very day and offer each need to God.
    3. Enlarge a petition carefully, taking time to explain to God why you desire an answer for that request.
    4. Frequently examine your motives for claiming a petition. Be certain they are pure in the sight of God. (The Hour That Changes The World)

    Practical – For 2. above, try creating a physical list. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, and 2 minutes on Petition.

    Prayer Starter – Father, what a privilege and joy it has been this week to bring my personal needs to you…

  53. admin says:

    Week 9 Sunday Feb 23, 2014
    Focus on THANKSGIVING – The Act of Expressed Appreciation

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 9 minutes this week.)

    I’ve not watched the Winter Olympic Games because of writing deadlines, but I stated in my post on Feb 7 that I was “watching” in prayer for the games. Today, I give thanks for the victories Canada has experienced, the medals, the joy that abounds in the country. For the incredible feats that have been performed by international participants and their achievements.

    I’m fascinated at the way in which the 1-Minute Prayer Plan is aligning with global events, and personal situations. Next to Scripture Praying, Thanksgiving is the biggest area of prayer in my life. And I’m super excited at what God will do this week as we give thanks.

    Thanksgiving is the act of expressing specific gratitude to God for the blessings He has given us. It differs from Praise in that God Praise focuses on ‘who’ God is whereas Thanksgiving focuses on ‘what’ He has done for you.

    Practical – Look back on any of the areas on which we’ve focused since we started the Prayer-plan, and give God thanks for answered prayer. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, and 2 minutes on Thanksgiving.

    Prayer Starter – Father I thank you…

  54. admin says:

    Week 9 Monday Feb 24, 2014

    Focus on THANKSGIVING

    Can you identify the trend in the following verses?

    Mark 8:6 – And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples…
    Mark 11:41 – Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.”
    Daniel 6:10 – …he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God…

    Jesus fed a crowd of thousands. Dead Lazarus came to life. Hungry lions did not eat Daniel.

    THANKGIVING PRECEDES THE MIRACLE.

    Practical – Find 3 more verses in the Bible that supports giving Thanks.

    Prayer Starter – Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…

  55. admin says:

    Week 9 Tuesday Feb 25, 2014

    Focus on THANKSGIVING

    Have you ever watched the Veggie Tales video, Madam Blueberry? I have, too many times too remember, with my daughter when she was a kid. In it little Annie sings The Thankfulness song:
    For the love that He shares,
    ‘Cause He listens to my prayers,
    That’s why I say thanks every day.

    I noticed that Annie’s draws attention to Spiritual blessings – God’s love and His listening ability towards her.

    Over the next few days I’ll break down Thanksgiving into more specific aspects, with today’s slant on spiritual blessings. What spiritual blessings has God given you recently for which you can thank Him?

    Some of mine’s are:
    1. Writing these posts every day. The reminders have drawn me closer to, you, Lord. Thank You for the privilege to host the 1-Minute Prayer Plan.
    2. Thank you for increasing my faith as I call on You, and see You answer. Not only for myself, but for friends who are part of this prayer event as well.
    3. Thank you for peace, and for removing worry because I have learnt that giving thanks precedes miracles, and thus I practice thanksgiving as a lifestyle.

    Practical – List 3 spiritual blessings for which you are thankful. Listen to the Thankfulness Song in the link provided. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvPmCaRhDWo

  56. admin says:

    Week 9 Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

    Focus on THANKSGIVING

    Going back to Annie’s Thankfulness Song I referred to yesterday – she gives thanks for her piece of apple pie and for her home. These are material blessings, and we can give thanks for ours today. The large ones are fairly obvious, but nothing is too small to give thanks.

    I thank God for the opportunity to work in a warm home. I thank Him for new publishing enquires that came this week. I thank him for a car that starts every time I turn the key.

    Practical – Name 3 material blessing for which you are thankful. Can you make this an ongoing practice daily?

    Prayer Starter – Thank you Lord for opening my eyes to the small and large blessings I enjoy each day. Heighten my awareness to be appreciative for them, and let me not take any for granted. Thank you increasing my contentment as I focus on your goodness…

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    Week 9 Thursday Feb 27, 2014

    Focus on THANKSGIVING

    We ought to thank God for physical blessings. Does any part of your body works? Then Thank the Lord.
    I thank you for fingers that type my manuscripts. For eyes that see what I’m doing. For a spleen which I cannot see but it’s there doing what it’s supposed to do.

    Practical – Identify 3 or more physical blessings. Do this daily if possible. Run through from your head to your toes.

    Prayer Starter – Father God, for the nerves, cells, organs, and tissue that I don’t see, I say thank you. I have so many good things about my body but sometimes I chose to focus on a teeny-weeny aspect that I’m not happy with. Forgive me, and remind me to give you thanks daily in areas where I need healing. For I know that Thanksgiving precedes the miracle…

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    Week 9 Friday Feb 28, 2014

    vxxztFocus on THANKSGIVING

    In addition to spiritual blessings, material blessings, and physical blessings, we can give thanks for external blessings. These are the good things that have happened to friends, the community and the world at large. E.g. someone’s promotion, bibles getting into countries that were formerly closed, laws passed against sex trade.

    When today ends, two months would have been gone in the year. Are there any blessings you’ve experienced this year for which you have not expressed gratitude? Past blessings are another area in which you can offer thanks.

    Practical – Give thanks for 3 external blessings. Run through the past and give thanks for a few things for which you are truly grateful.

    Prayer Starter – Father, I thank you for protection from the extreme cold this winter. For the opportunity to fundraise for the Dalit group of people in India, for the vacation trip we took to Brazil over a dozen years ago…

    • admin says:

      Week 9 Saturday March 1, 2014

      Focus on THANKSGIVING – The Act of Expressed Appreciation

      Summary of Thanksgiving: The 8th Step in World-Changing Prayer
      1. Reflect on all that God had given you in recent days.
      2. Use them to offer thanks for spiritual, material, physical, and external blessings.
      3. As often as possible, thank God in advance for the blessings you expect Him to give you.
      4. Thank Him for at least one specific blessing you have not thanked him before.

      Practical – Pick a number (e.g. 4) and give thanks for 4 things daily. (This will soon become a lifestyle.) Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, and 2 minutes on Thanksgiving.

      Prayer Starter – Make me more like you, Jesus. To give thanks before I see the blessings…

  59. admin says:

    Week 10 Sunday March 2, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship
    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 10 minutes this week.)

    Ten. There’s something fascinating about numbers ending with a zero, and we’ve hit our first landmark here in prayer. This week we are praying for 10 minutes each day.

    I’d daresay that when we started off praying for 1 minute, it sounded ludicrous. But I feel pretty certain that spending 10 uninterrupted minutes is not as laughable now. And I know you can persevere. I know that you can pray for 10 minutes each day and shake the rewards of Heaven like a wind hustling through an apple orchard, dislodging the fruit from the stem and sending them tumbling to the ground below.

    When my daughter was six years old, I started using a timer for her to practice discipline in prayer. We bought one from the Dollar Store for a loonie (1.00). She’d set it for 10 minutes, and her curly head would shot up as soon as the beep sounded. Radiance practiced that habit for years while we drove up and down the highway to school, and at home. In those minutes she heard from God, saw her prayers answered, and learned how He speaks through the pictures that came into her mind. Those pictures have unfolded to the detail in our lives. There’s no need now for the timer as she has established a relationship that she welcomes.

    This week’s focus is on singing and I’ll get to the theme tomorrow. For now, carry on for 10 minutes, and sing.

    Practical – Set a timer or use another device if it will help you stay on track. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, and 2 minutes on Singing.

    Prayer Starter – Guard my praying time, Lord. Let the enemy not snatch it with emergencies, distractions or laziness. I desire to be a world changer through prayer…

  60. admin says:

    Week 10 Monday March 3, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship

    Martin Luther said of music, “The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.” (The Hour That Changes The World.)

    Do you sing as part of your prayer? Many people sing freely at church but they don’t bring singing into personal prayer. Yet we are encouraged in the Bible to sing:
    “Come before His presence with singing (Psalm 100:2).
    In fact, there are over forty references to Singing praises unto the Lord in the Psalms. Even if it’s different or new, I encourage you to bring your song offering to the Lord starting from this week.

    Practical – Find 3 scripture verses that encourage us to sing unto the Lord. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, and 2 minutes on Singing.

    Prayer Starter – Remind me of the songs I’ve forgotten, Lord and teach me new ones to sing unto you. Bubble a song in my heart…

  61. admin says:

    Week 10 Tuesday, March 4, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship

    Besides songs from our favourite praise and worship CDs, what else can we sing during personal prayer? Paul gives a clue in two verses, Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19, when he encourages the believers about “making melody” in their hearts unto the Lord with “spiritual songs.”

    The word “spiritual”, as used in these verses, means “inspired by the Spirit.” Hymnbooks were not yet published when Paul was writing, and hand-copied psalters were few. It is safe to say that when Paul and Silas were thrown in prison, there were no hymnbooks or psalters in the dank cell. But we know that they sang praises unto God (Acts 16:25) – the personal words of praise originating in their hearts.

    Don’t you find it freeing to know that we don’t need voice training or an orchestra in order to make melody in our hearts? I certainly do (and you might too if you heard me.) We sing for an audience of three – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and I encourage you to bring your offering of song to them.

    Practical – Pay attention to a tune or words that spring up in your heart when you pray. Sing them out to the Lord.

    Prayer Starter – (The one in your heart)

  62. admin says:

    Week 10 Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship

    Consider this: In 2 Chronicles 20, when King Jehoshaphat heard of the conspiracy of war against Judah by the surrounding nations (Ammon, Moab, Mount Seir), he called the people to prayer. Then he appointed singers to give praise as they went out before the army, instructing them to say, “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.”

    And when they began to SING and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the nations that had come before Judah, and they were smitten. (see verses 20-22.) Later in the chapter we read that when Judah’s battle troops arrived for battle, they discovered that the enemy was already defeated. A key note in this account is that the victory started and ended with musical worship.

    Dick Eastman reminds us that the ministry of song when properly used in personal prayer is a weapon that always leads to blessing.

    Practical – Sing through an obstacle that stands in your way. Sing as often as songs comes to mind.

    Prayer Starter – I’ll sing them over and over again, wonderful words of life. Words of victory and hope…

  63. admin says:

    Week 10 Thursday, March 6, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship

    How are the “new” melodies coming along? Even though I’m creating new ones, I thought your eardrums might appreciate something sweeter, so there’s a link in the comments for an instrumental. Anyway, Dick Eastman suggests some themes around which we can minister unto the Lord (you need not sing songs based on theses themes during every prayer time.)

    1. Songs of Praise – This is what Paul and Silas did in jail (Acts 16,) and the psalmist in Psalms 135:3.

    2. Songs of Power and Mercy – “I will sing of your power. I will sing aloud of your mercy in the morning. (Ps. 59:16)

    3. Songs of Thanksgiving – “Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp to unto our God. (Ps. 147:7)

    4. Songs of God name – “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Ps. 69:30)

    5. Songs of God’s Word – “You statutes have been my song in the house of my pilgrimage. (Ps. 119:54) James 5:13 advises, “Is any among you afflicted. Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.

    6. Songs of My Heart – “I will sing unto you a new song, O God. (Ps.144:9). The word “new refers to something fresh, my own song, your own song.

    I’m excited over the singing, are you? Hmmm. What if one of you break into the music industry?

    Practical – See if you can link the song in your heart to any of themes above. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, and 2 minutes on Singing.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, I am so encouraged that every musical piece that glorifies You was created in someone’s heart. You put it there and the person was obedient to listen to what was there, and run with the songs. In the same way, spring up new melodies in our hearts so we can sing unto You, and even for You…

  64. admin says:

    Week 10 Friday, March 7, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship

    Have you considered that our eternal purpose in heaven will be worship? (Revelation 7:9; Isaiah 51:11). And since singing is so crucial to worship, we know then that we’ll be singing up there. Lots, and loudly. I’m inclined to agree with Dick Eastman that singing during prayer time offers good practice towards that heavenly goal.

    Practical – For the fun of it, why not jot down the words to any new songs that have been created in your heart this week? And feel free to share them in the comments. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, and 2 minutes on Singing.

    Prayer Starter – I will sing unto the Lord for He has triumphed gloriously, the horse and the rider has he thrown into the sea…

  65. admin says:

    Week 10 Saturday, March 8, 2014
    Focus on SINGING – The Act of Melodic Worship
    A Summary of the 9th Step in World Changing Prayer:
    1. Pause in your personal prayer time to sing a specific song unto the Lord.
    2. Select a theme for your song, praise, thanksgiving, a favourite passage of Scripture.
    3. As the Holy Spirit to create an original melody in your heart so your song is truly “A new song.”
    4. By faith, sing a song of thanksgiving for particular blessings or victories you believe God will give you in the days ahead. (The Hour That Changes The World.)
    Practical – Pen the lyrics of a new song that rises in your heart. I’ve written a couple of lines from my song is in the prayer below. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, and 2 minutes on Singing.

    Prayer Starter – Shine Your light upon an ordinary day. Shine Your light. Shine Your light. So shine your light upon an ordinary day…

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    Week 11 Sunday, March 9, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation
    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 11 minutes this week.)

    The meanings and applications of the word “meditation” vary among worshippers. I believe that meditation refers to thinking; pondering on a spiritual theme in reference to God, and applying the truths He reveals to my life.
    Dick Eastman reminds that the Old Testament definition for meditation is “to mutter” or “to muse.” This suggests a silent inner study of some spiritual matter and is the essence of the word “meditate” in Joshua 1:8: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
    Verses such as Psalm 119:15 and 1 Timothy 4:15 also suggest that meditation is more than merely thinking good thoughts. It is the giving of attention of how we might specifically apply these ponderings after the devotional time has ended. (The Hour That Changes The World.)

    Practical – Select a theme and think about it during your prayer time. (e.g. peace, forgiveness, compassion.) Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Singing, and 2 minutes on Meditation.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, Your Word says that blessed is the one who meditates on Your law day and night. Focus my thoughts on the things that please You…

  67. admin says:

    Week 11 Monday, March 10, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation

    You can ponder on the nature of God Himself during Meditation. Whereas Waiting is an act of loving, Meditation is an act of thinking, and it’s okay if you find yourself asking questions like: What do I truly believe about God? Why am I drawn to God? What does the Bible say about Him that touches my life? How can I explain the concept of God to another person? What attributes of God can I incorporate in my daily life?

    There’s no fixed order for asking questions nor are there limits on your thoughts. But if you enjoy thinking as much as I do, don’t be surprised at how quickly your prayer time flies when you meditate.

    Practical – Ask yourself one or two of the questions listed above in your prayer time today.

    Prayer Starter – Thank you for helping me live more peacefully and worry-free because of the promise in Matthew 6 that tells me that You will take care of me just as You take care of the lilies growing wild in the fields…

  68. admin says:

    Week 11 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation

    Not only can you ponder on the nature of God Himself during Meditation, you can focus on His Word. Psalm 1 describes the person who mediates on the law of the Lord (the Word) as “blessed”. I was blown away by Eastman’s estimate: nearly thirty thousand promises await us in Scripture. How awesome is that! And each is focus for meditation.

    Practical – Search the Scripture for three new promises. Think on one during prayer today.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, you are my Rock, and because I’m planted in you I will not be uprooted nor will I experience deficiency…

  69. admin says:

    Week 11 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation

    God’s works are another theme on which we can ponder during Mediation. Psalm 77:12 endorses, “I will meditate also of all Your work, and talk of Your doings.” God’s works, His creations, are limitless. It falls in the pristine snow and the gentle rains. It reflects in the rippling waters and the warm sunshine, in the busy ant or the majestic mountains. Everywhere we can view the power of God and think of His goodness.

    Practical – Pick two of God’s creations and ponder on them when you pray.

    Prayer Starter – When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all He had done for me. My soul cries out Hallelujah. Praise God for saving me…(words of song in The Public Domain).

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    Week 11 Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation

    “I will remember the days of old,” says the psalmist in Psalm 143:5. Reflecting on past victories and on what God has done for us is another theme for meditating on during prayer. Look back at the time when God came through for you and ponder on the blessings. It is because of His mercies that we are not defeated, because His compassion towards us never fails. They are new every morning. As you introspect on God’s faithfulness to you in the past, you will find renewed hope to plough through the situations that currently daunt you.

    Practical – Go back to the list you created in Week 8, or to any journals you kept, and ponder on past victories. If you don’t have a journal, recall a blessing and meditate on it. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Singing, and 2 minutes on Meditation.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, bring a former victory to each person’s mind and let that memory propel faith so that each can face a difficult situation with confidence…

  71. admin says:

    Week 11 Friday, March 14, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation

    True. Good. Right. Pure. Lovely. Fine.

    Paul advises in Philippians 4:8 that thoughts possessing these characteristics are the one worth meditating on.

    Practical: Mediate on thoughts that include any two characteristics above.

    Prayer Starter: Lord, fix my thoughts on what is true and good and right. Direct them to things that are pure and lovely. Help me to dwell on what is fine, and to focus on what is good in others…

  72. admin says:

    Week 11 Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Focus on MEDITATION – The Act of Spiritual Evaluation

    Summary of Meditation: The 10th Step in World Changing Prayer (by Dick Eastman)

    1. Select a theme for your time of meditation
    2. Allow your mind to wander within the framework of your chosen theme. Ponder all aspects of the theme in reference to God.
    3. Ask questions about this theme that might lead you into an even deeper mental study of the subject.
    4.Bring Scripture into all phases of meditation. This strengthens your awareness that God’s word is the necessary foundation for all meaning of spiritual thought.

    Practical – Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Singing, and 2 minutes on Meditation.

    Prayer Starter – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer…

  73. admin says:

    Week 12 Sunday, March 16, 2014
    Focus on LISTENING – The Act of Mental Absorption

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 12 minutes this week.)

    What does it mean to “listen”? We hear words but that does not mean we have listened to them because hearing and listening are two significantly different actions. Hearing is the act of perceiving a sound and it happens automatically to those who are not hearing-impaired. Listening, on the other hand, is something we choose consciously to do. And best of all, it listening is something that can be learned.
    To listen in prayer is to mentally absorb divine instructions from God concerning specific matters for that day. (Dick Eastman).

    Practical – Listen in silence to what God is saying. Jot down what he says to you. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Singing, and Meditation, and 2 minutes on Listening.

    Prayer Starter – Make my heart humble so I will want to listen, and obedient to do as You say, Lord…

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    Week 12 Monday, March 17, 2014
    Focus on LISTENING – The Act of Mental Absorption

    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 12 minutes this week.)

    Do you listen when your best friend speaks? Good friends listen to each other, and this application can be carried over in our relationship with the Lord. The hymn sings, “What a Friend we have in Jesus…”
    If we desire to be friends with the Lord, we must learn the secret of listening. Revelation 3:20 indicates that Jesus wants to enter our hearts and “sup” or have fellowship with us. Fellowship involves two-way communication, speaking and listening. But it is easy for our prayer to become one-sided and self-centred. We can make it more of a conversation by pausing, and allowing the Lord to speak while we listen. Listening is an art that we can learn.

    Practical- Check out who Jesus listened to in the following verses: John 3:1-19; Luke 23:40-43.

    Prayer Starter- Lord, you spent nights listening to the Father as you sought to do His will. Make me a listener, like You were and still are. Quiet my spirit to absorb what you are directing me to do…

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    Week 12 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Focus on LISTENING – The Act of Mental Absorption
    (The 1-Minute Prayer Plan is praying for 12 minutes this week.)

    Listening implies confidence that God truly desires to speak to us. It also removes an emphasis on self. Only as we hear the voice of the Father can we learn to dispel the voices of the world. We are besieged by words in our society. Billboards blaze them into our minds as we go by. Headlines cream from the newspapers. The Internet is an avalanche of words.

    Regular prayer builds into our lives those experiences of silence and concentration when the still, small voice of our Saviour can cut through life’s howl and speak His words of peace and joy. When we seek guidance God will not only reveal how to pray effectively, if we will listen, He will also reveal how to live effectively. But it is the voice of God-the inner voice-we must learn to hear. God, alone, knows the solution to every problem we will face. This Listening phase of prayer allows the believer to tune in to God’s solutions. (The Hour That Changes The World).

    Practical – Take note of what the Lord drops in your heart. Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Singing, and Meditation, and 2 minutes on Listening.

    Prayer Starter – Quiet the voices around me so that I can listen to Yours only, Lord…

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    Week 12 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    Focus on LISTENING – The Act of Mental Absorption

    For 40 years Moses had listened to what God said. Even though Aaron was an eloquent speaker, and Korah a natural leader, God chose Moses. God is still looking for men and women who will lead only after he or she has heard from Him. The price of silence is to shut our eyes to what the world considers important and listen only to the Holy Spirit’s call. It is also much time given to the practice of listening. (Adapted from The Hour That Changes The World)

    Practical – Spend 1 minute each of Praise, Waiting, Confession, Scripture Praying, and Watching, Intercession, Thanksgiving, Singing, and Meditation, and 2 minutes on Listening.

    Prayer Starter – Create in me a quiet and meek heart so that I would both hear and listen to you…

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    Week 12 Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Focus on LISTENING – The Act of Mental Absorption

    How will God speak during prayer and times of stillness? Often His whisperings come in the form of a quiet impression on the heart. Elijah heard God speak with the “sound of a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12). But His whispering was very specific as God gave guidance for that particular moment in his experience.
    On other occasions there is no inner voice to guide us, yet we sense God’s presence gently leading. We know that to move in a certain direction will please God, and so we follow this quiet leading.
    Most often God speaks through His Word. In fact, all forms of guidance must be measured by Scripture. Guidance contrary to God’s Word is guidance originating from another source. (The Hour That Changes the World.)
    I’ll add that another way God speaks to me personally is through pictures. Often when I’m praying a visual comes to mind and I’ve found them to unfold exactly as I saw them.

    Practical – Write down what you believe God is speaking to you and track the whisperings etc to see whether they come to pass.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, teach me to listen to Your voice so I can discern it from other voices around me. I am Your sheep and your sheep hears Your voice and listen to it…

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    Week 12 Friday, March 21, 2014
    Focus on LISTENING – The Act of Mental Absorption

    Listening serves a practical function. You are not merely asking for divine “niceties,” but you are asking for God to order your day. Have pen and paper, or a digital device, for recording the impressions you receive, is a display of faith. It says to God, “I believe You will truly speak to me, and I’ve come prepared to record your instructions.”

    True, there are dangers to be faced when we enter these deeper aspects of prayer. Much of prayer is an experiment in spiritual growth that involves both failure and success. But if we persevere, the blessings will transcend all disappointments. Our knowledge of God will increase and abound beyond measure. As Bridgid Herman so accurately states, “One hour of listening may give us deeper insight into the mysteries of human nature, and a surer instinct for Divine values, than a year’s hard study or external internal with men.” (The Hour That Changes The World)

    Practical – Record the impressions that come to your heart as you listen in prayer.

    Prayer Starter – Lord, teach me to listen.

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