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The heart of Living Word is all about flourishing together in the way of Jesus. And we want to make disciples who are marked by a hunger for God’s presence, formed to live like Jesus, and sent out on mission to partner with God in the renewal of the world. As a PARTNER FOR RENEWAL, we encourage you to prioritize your own quiet time with Jesus and press into passionate prayer with us. To help build your time of prayer for renewal, we created this tool to guide you.
1 | praise
Praise is the entryway into God’s presence (Psalm 100:4). Praise is simply telling God who he is. The Psalms provide a great starting point for this. For example, you could pray Psalm 34:15: “God, we praise You because You are the God who sees us and hears every prayer we pray.”
2 | waiting
During the time of waiting, take a couple of minutes of silence to quiet your thoughts and become aware of God’s presence (Psalm 131:2). Take note of any prayer direction from the Holy Spirit that comes to mind. We are his people and we can hear his voice (John 10:27).
3 | confession
Ask God to “search your heart” for any sin, take a moment to confess it (1 John 1:9), turn away from it, and receive God’s forgiveness. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
4 | scripture reading
Jesus guarantees that when we pray according to the word of God, our requests will be answered (John 15:7-9). We believe there is value in praying scripture because we want to pray strategic, faith-filled prayers according to God’s will and not our own. We also pray with scripture because that is what all believers in Jesus agree on, and agreement is key for power in prayer (Matthew 18:19). Pray scripture and pray the words of Jesus.
5 | intercession
In intercession, we contend for God to move on someone else’s behalf (Romans 15:30; 1 Timothy 2:1-2). Identify the situations, areas of culture, or groups of people for whom you are asking for spiritual renewal and pray for them. For example, we can pray for salvation in our workplaces with 2 Thessalonians 3:1: “Lord, let your Gospel be preached and received well!” Also pray for unity and for God’s renewal to come in our church and community.
6 | personal petition
Matt 7:7-11 teaches us that the act of asking is key to receiving from God! We need to be humble to do this. In asking, we acknowledge we can’t do it for ourselves. We need God. Identify areas in your personal life where you are hungry to see God move (renewing your character, your relationships, your leadership, your missional service) and pray in faith to your Heavenly Father who loves to bless you! For example: We can pray for a greater understanding of Jesus from Ephesians 1:17-19, “Holy Spirit, open my heart and mind to know Jesus more!”
7 | thanksgiving
In thanksgiving, we remember God’s blessings. This shifts our perspective from our circumstances to God’s activity, strengthening us to contend, believing that God does not withhold any good thing from his children (Psalm 116:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Psalm 84:11). Thank him for any blessings that come to mind or the ones you see in scripture. For example, Psalm 103:3: “God, thank You for forgiving all my sin and healing my sickness.”
8 | singing
The entire book of Psalms is a collection of worship songs. Over and over we are told to sing to the Lord. We see from the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles that praise is powerful in defeating the enemies of God (Psalm 98:1; Psalm 68; 2 Chronicles 20:1-25). Pop in your headphones and sing along with Spotify or sing any song on your heart. Psalm 96:1 says, “Sing to the Lord a new song.” Celebrate that God has heard every prayer you’ve prayed.