How To Pray for One Hour
No one really knows how to pray but the Holy Spirit teaches us (Romans 8:26). Here are some pointers to help you:
Q. How do you eat an elephant?
A. One piece at a time!
Break up the hour into bite-size chunks of maybe 8 or 10 minutes. This way it will not be so daunting. Here is a suggested outline for you.
1st 10 MINUTES – WORSHIP, PRAISE AND ADORATION
It is important to centre your prayer time on your recognition of who God is, the love you have for God and his love for you. Put the first commandment in first place i.e. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul…” and everything else will fall into place. It is from this place of love that you will be able to and desire to pray.
The first step is to worship God for who He is. You may find it helpful to meditate on a favourite Psalm e.g. Psalm 145. It is often helpful to read the scriptures out loud as prayer and proclamation. In addition it may help to sing your worship perhaps sing along to a worship CD. Our prayers must be based on our understanding of who God is and acknowledgement that we need the Holy Spirit to help us.
5 MINUTES – WAIT/ENSURE RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS
Wait on God quietly, listening to what he might be saying to you. Ensure your relationship is right with God and others, confess all sins, forgive all who have offended you, give thanks in your circumstances and trust God with them, depend consciously on the Holy Spirit to help you pray.
5 MINUTES – GIVE THANKS TO GOD
Thank God for everything He is, everything He has done especially for prayers that He has answered in the past. Be specific in your thanks. Thanksgiving is an integral part of prayer. 1 Thess. 5:16 – 18.
10 MINUTES – PRAY THE SCRIPTURES FOR THE CHURCH IN RUGBY
God has chosen to use his people to bless places. Therefore it is important that we pray for the church. Most of St. Paul’s prayers were for the church in a city or locality. Try the following verses to pray over the church in Rugby: Ephesians 1:17-19, Ephesians 3:16 – 19, Philippians 1:9 – 11, Romans 15:13, Romans 15:5-7, Colossians 1:9-12 and 1 Corinthians 1:4-8. These prayers can be effectively prayed over believers anywhere. They help you to develop your prayer language.
5 MINUTES - WORSHIP
Again using scriptures, song, music, or your own words. This will help to you’re your focus on Him. Music is particularly helpful in drawing us closer to God. He is a musical God (Zeph. 3:17).
15 MINUTES - PRAY FOR LOCAL ISSUES
Schools, councillors, MP, local agencies etc.
FINAL 10 MINUTES – WAIT ON THE LORD AND THEN PRAY FOR WHATEVER IS ON YOUR HEART
Maybe for yourself, your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, the sick etc. Combine this with worship and thanksgiving.