PRAYER GUIDE IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION
Choose a Time:
- Make it a definite time dedicated only to prayer. Try to make
it the best time for prayer you can find. The best time for me is
in the evening when the house quietens down. For others it is in
the early morning.
Choose a Place:
- It should be free from distractions.
Enter into Prayer:
- Examine your conscience and repent of your sins.
"Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother has anything against you,
leave you gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled
with your brother, and then come and offer your gift."(Matthew 5:
"If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father
will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will
your Father forgive your transgressions." (Matthew 6: 14-15)
"Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offence.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.
For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always:
"Against you only have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight" --
That you may be justified in your sentence,
vindicated when you condemn.
Indeed, in guilt was I born, and in sin my mother conceived me;" (Psalm 51: 1-7)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered.
I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord,
For with the Lord there is kindness and with him is plentious redemption;
And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities." (Psalm 130)
Lay Aside Anxieties, Problems, Struggles:
- Do not allow your troubles to dominate your time with God; he is Lord of all.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin
that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies
before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and
perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him
he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat
at the right of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:
Open Your Hearts to the Truths of the Gospel:
- God created you out of love and loves you always.
"God created man in his image; in the divine image
he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed
them, saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue
it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the face of the earth."
God also said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over
the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be
you food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of
the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the round, I
give all the green plants for food." And so it happened. God
looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
Evening came, and morning followed -- the sixth day." (Genesis 1:
"In this is love; not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so
loved us, we also must love one another." (1 John 4: 10-11)
- God sent Jesus to give us life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only
Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but
might have eternal life." (John 3: 16)
"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had
for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us
to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up
with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ
Jesus,.." (Ephesians 2: 4-5)
- Jesus died and rose, conquering sin and death.
"Therefore, just as through one person sin entered
the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all,
inasmuch as all sinned - for up to the time of the law, sin was
in the world, though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not
sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of
the one who was to come. But the gift is not like the
transgression. For if by that one person's transgression the many
died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of
the one person Jesus Christ overflow for the many. And the gift
is not like the result of the one persons's sinning. For after
one sin there was the judgement that brought condemnation; but
the gift, after many transgressions brought acquittal. For if, by
the transgression of one person, death came to reign through that
one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and of the gift of justiication come to reign in life through the
one person Jesus Christ. In conclusion, just as through one
transgression condemnation came upon all, so through one
righteous act acquittal and life came to all." (Romans 5: 12-18)
"For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be
brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the
firstfruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and
Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every
authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his
enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for "he subjected everything under his feet." But when it says
that everything has been subjected, it is clear that it excludes
the one who subjected everything to him." (1 Corinthians 15:
- Jesus promised to be with us and to send the Holy Spirit.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you
another Advocate to be with you always,..." (John 14:16)
"The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my
name -- he will teach you everything and remind you of all that
I told you." (John 14:26)
"But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if
I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you." (John 16:7)
"When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one
place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like
a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which
they were. Then there ppeared to them tongues as of fire, which
parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all
filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the
Spirit enabled them to proclaim." (Acts 2: 1-4)
- Jesus intercedes for us in heaven.
"Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died,
rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who
indeed intercedes for us." (Romans 8:34)
"Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God
through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for
them." (Hebrews 7:25)
"My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit
sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one." (1 John 2:1)
"For the Son of Man will come with his angels in
his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to
his conduct." (Matthew 16:27)
"Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are
blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
the foundation of the world." (Matthew 25:34)
- Consciously Say "Yes" to These Truths Each Day.
- Come Before the Presence of the Lord.
- He Is worthy of all praise.
"Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the Rock
of our salvation.
Let us greet him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms
For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods; In
his hands are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the
mountains are his.
His is the sea, for he has made it, and the dry land, which his
hands have formed.
Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord
who made us.
For he is our God, and we are the people he shepherds, the flock
Oh, that today you would hear his voice: "Harden not your hearts
as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the desert, Where your
fathers tempted me; they tested me though they had seen my
Forty years I loathed that generation, and I said: They are a
people of erring heart, and they know not my ways.
Therefore I swore in my anger: They shall not enter into my
rest." (Psalm 95)
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the the Lord of lords, for his mercy endures forever;
Who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever;
Who made the heavens in wisdom, for his mercy endures forever;
Who spread out the earth upon the waters, for his mercy endures forever;
Who made the great lights, for his mercy endures forever;
The sun to rule over the day, for his mercy endures forever;
The moon and the stars to rule over the night, for his mercy endures forever.
Who smote the Egyptians in their firstborn, for his mercy endures forever;
And brought out Israel from their midst, for his mercy endures forever;
With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, for his mercy endures forever;
Who split the Red Sea in twain, for his mercy endures forever;
And led Israel through its midst, for his mercy endures forever;
But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, for his mercy endures forever;
Who led his people through the wilderness, for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote the great kings, for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings, for his mercy endures forever;
Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his mercy endures forever;
And Og, king of Bashan, for his mercy endures forever;
And made their land a heritage, for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant, for his mercy endures forever;
Who remembers us in our abjection, for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes, for his mercy endures forever;
Who gives food to all flesh, for his mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy endures forever."(Psalm 136)
Praise the Lord in his sanctuary, praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds, praise him for his sovereign majesty.
Praise him with the blast of the trumpet, praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with sounding cymbals, praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Alleluia." (Psalm 150)
"Through him then let us continually offer God a sacrifice of
praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name."
"But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
people of his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter
- Express you love and gratitude to our Father, to his son Jesus, and the the Holy Spirit of Truth.
- Speak with God honestly and from the heart.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you
will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone
who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one
who knocks, the door will be opened. Which one of you would hand his
son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he
asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good
gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give
good things to those who ask him."(Matthew 7: 7-11)
- Listen actively to God in your heart and mind as you read scripture or kneel before him.
- Reflect on his word.
- Dwell in the presence of God.
Intercede with Faith and Trust:
- For daily bread: Pray for the world, the church, your friends, family, yourself.
- For forgiveness: As you forgive others.
- For strength for the day and its trials.
- For protection from all evil.
Before Leaving Prayer Write Down:
- What God has said to you.
- What he has shown you.
- What you want to carry into the day and remember so that your prayer will bear fruit.
- What you have prayed for.