"The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."
- Psalm 145:18
Praying each section for 5 minutes will guide you through one hour of prayer.
“Praise the LORD! O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
Call out to God. Praise Him for creation. Think about God’s love and wisdom and praise Him.
Read or quote a psalm of praise to the Lord. Pray through a psalm. Ask God to give you understanding as you read His Word. Let the Scriptures fill your mind and your heart. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you.
Meditate on God’s Word
“I treasure your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11
Take time to meditate on the Scripture you have just read or on other passages that come to mind.
“If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Evaluate specific attitudes, thoughts, words, and actions that God brings to mind as you come before His throne of grace. Confess your sins to God and humbly ask for His forgiveness and cleansing.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.” I Timothy 2:1
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26
Tell God your concerns on behalf of others. Pray for renewal in their hearts. Pray diligently for the needs that come to mind.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
Quiet your heart and be still before God. Ask God to speak to you through His Word. Listen.
Write Down your Prayers and Insights
“You are my dwelling place.” Psalm 90
Keep a prayer journal. Write out prayers of worship, intercession, and petition. Write down the insights and direction God gives to you during your prayer time.
Lift up Requests for Daily Needs
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Share your everyday needs with God.
Pray for Family
“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Pray for your family by name. Pray for families in general. Ask the Lord to give them wisdom and to strengthen their relationships.
Pray for the Church
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ… Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” I Corinthians 12:12, 27
Pray for our church, for all who seek to know the Lord here, for our church leaders, and for the universal Body of Christ.
Pray for Government Leaders
“…we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding…” Colossians 1:9
Pray that God will give our leaders wisdom and understanding. Pray for local, national, and international concerns.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:18
Think about the good gifts God has given you and express your gratitude for His care and provision. Praise God for all that He has done and for all that He will do.