DEVELOPING A PRAYER STRATEGY – WORKBOOK

Intimacy

Praying Alone Before God
(prepare a journal)
Be Still
(Shhh – still your busy mind and cluttered heart)
Slow your pace and resist hurry
Silence your mind and lips
Stop fidgeting – rest in His arms
Sit, lay, or kneel before God
Surrender your body to Him – Wait patiently for Him
Be Worshipful
(It is not thinking but doing worship)
Love songs sung to God –
sing of his greatness
Long after Him in your heart –
as the deer pants for water so I pant for thee
Lift His Glory:
Read Psalms of praise out loud –
declare His glory!

BEGIN YOUR JOURNAL ENTRIES HERE

Love His Worth:
You are    Loving , Faithful , etc_______
(attributes of God)
[adjectives]
List His Names:
You are my    Savior , Healer , etc______
(Names of God or Jesus)
[nouns]
Lively worship –
shout, exalt, extol, bow, clap, sing, dance, lift your hands , etc.
[ verbs]

Be Thankful  I thank you Lord for my sober mind , my salvation , etc.
Mercies new every morning –
bread, breath, health, life, strength
My body which is wonderfully made –
sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste
All creation –
wonders of His amazing creation
Blessings and Benefits received –
all that I have
Bad, Sad, and Broken –

things that have gone wrong

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Confess Sin

(Do spiritual inventory, open heart surgery)

Your Words –
have you spoken evil of anyone, criticized, sharp words
Your Attitudes –
complaining spirit, depressed, grouchy, know-it-all
Your Thoughts –
evil desires, lusts, doubts, fears, hatred, bitterness
Your Actions –
broken God’s laws, trespassed on forbidden ground

Clothe Yourself
Apply God’s forgiveness x 10 –
covered, forgotten, buried, etc.
Reckon who you are in Christ –
I am      Strong___, Mighty__, _Peaceful_  etc.

Embrace a promise of God for this day –
I believe you God when you said…
” You will never leave me “

Cast your Care
Family –
Call out each one by name and need
Finances –
debts, needs, provisions, wisdom to be a good servant with finances etc .
Frustrations –
with spouse, self, life, job, etc
Fears, worries,
anxieties about tomorrow
Failures –

faults, weaknesses, struggles,

Workbook Exercises for STILLNESS
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalms 46:10
No other step is more important to begin here and continue using a  3-minute timer.
It is the most effective way to make yourself be still before the throne.

The secret is in the discipline of laying aside everything else
until your heart, mind and spirit are quiet before God.
God says, “Be still!”
The choice to obey him or not …  is up to you.
Obedience begins here.
Let go of “stuff”
Put off your hurry, your lists of things to do, or your anxiety over tomorrow.
It is not time for those things. Put them off. Write them down if you must, but put them away. It is time to seek the Lord!
Present yourself
Once you have laid those things aside then you can surrender your empty hands and prepared mind for his use in prayer. Surrender yourself as a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable. Lay down on the floor if it helps you to surrender completely to him

Wait 

Now be still. Just wait.
Listen for the sand falling in the hour glass. Can’t hear it can you? Shhh! Be still. Don’t speak.
Don’t think words. Silence!
Listen for the heartbeat of God.
Recognize at the start that until you have trained yourself in the discipline of stillness this
will not be possible in three minutes.
It is more likely to take 15 minutes for the first few weeks.
For me as a hyperactive Type A personality,
it took about 30 minutes per day during the first weeks. It is not a race.
Don’t hurry in or out of the presence of God.
Remember God is waiting for you

God is more interested in this discipline than all the others combined.
He wants time with you.
This is the most important step.
Learn it well ….. …… Learn it best.
You’ll grow to love this time of stillness so much
that you will long for it.

Rest in the Lord
Don’t go on to the next step until your heart is no longer hurried, your mind is quiet, and your will to do is broken, and you are basking in the sunshine of God’s presence.
From there you will move naturally into the second step – worship.
Key Ingredients
Solitary Place – get alone before God. Get away from people and distractions.
Stop All Noise – shut the door to your prayer closet. Let no noise intrude on God.
Stop Motions – stop fidgeting, planning, thinking about other things.
Silence Your Thoughts – hush you inner and outer self. Our hearts can be noisy places.
Slow Down – give yourself time to slow down your pace.
Sweep the Clutter – junk piled high in your mind or office will be distracting. Put it away.
Set Aside To-Do Lists – push away the screaming to-do lists, and the tyranny of the urgent.
Surrender Yourself before God. Physically laying down before Him can be helpful.
Workbook Exercises for STILLNESS
“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalms 46:10

Hints and Helps

1)
The Gift of Silence  –  –  Stillness is a sacrificial gift we offer to God.
It is costly because it is hard to do. It is hard to spare the time. But if God is worth the effort then give him
this personally painful gift. It is the gift of stopping. Stillness is the absence of motion,
the absence of noise, the absence of hurry.
Mary Magdalene broke the alabaster box of precious ointment and wasted it on Jesus.
He is worth the waste.
2)
Picture “stillness” as a far off island. You will need to take time to get there. I cannot do it suddenly.
It must be done slowly. For many people it takes a fair amount of time to get quiet
and to become peaceful.
3)
Image yourself before the Throne of God – –  You really are before His throne,
so it is in reality ….. there’s no pretending about it.
Image yourself, sitting at Jesus’ feet, quietly waiting for his voice – his whisper, “peace be still.”
4)
Quiet Music
Quiet music can calm the raging beast within. Find a good instrumental
CD with quiet gentle music. There are some wonderful nature CDs with nature noises
and quiet music in the background. Stillness is a process.
Put yourself into a quiet mode. See yourself moving toward silence and stillness.
5)
A Gentle Song in my mind that helps to slow me down and focus me being still is helpful to the process.
Be Still My Soul is a good one.
6)
Light a Candle
A good tool I have found helpful is to light a small birthday candle and watch it burn down. The process of watching a slow burning candle has an affect on you in that it requires waiting. You cannot hurry it.

Just wait

7)
Exhale Slowly
Getting still is “breathing out.” I exhale my troubled, busy, and hurried thoughts.
Exhale them to God. “Lord, quiet my heart. I give it to you.” I may say that slowly some fifty times.
8)
Lay It Aside
Sometimes I have to exhale by writing the thing to do down on my to-do list
and then physically pushing it away.
9)
Ask Yourself
“Am I quiet inside? Am I quiet enough to hear my own breathing,
or can I  actually hear my own heartbeat?”
If not, I start all over again. If I don’t succeed and run out of time,
Start again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next… Eventually you will get it.
Learning to ride a bike involved a lot of falling down, getting up, and falling again.
10) Schedule Uninterrupted Time
Remember you will need to schedule some extended times when you are not pressured by the clock so you can practice stillness. It takes practice. You’ll need some white space in your life to really get still.
11) Discipline Yourself
Discipline is “making yourself do what you may not feel like doing because you know it is good for you.” Then again, it is “doing a thing over and over again until you get it right,
then doing it again and again and again to keep yourself doing it right.”
Workbook Exercises for THANKSGIVING
“In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you.” –
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Wouldn’t prayer be wonderfully transformed if we would offer 10 sacrifices of thanksgiving
for every request we make of God?Practice thanksgiving. Write down 50 things for which

you are sincerely thankful today.

For His Creation

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For His Provisions

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For People

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For Problems

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For Answered Prayers

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For Protection

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Workbook Exercises for THANKSGIVING
“In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” –
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thankful Exercises
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.
Be thankful unto him and bless his holy name. (Psalm 100)Now it is time to celebrate His specific acts, mercies, faithfulness, kindness, benefits,
blessings, answers to prayer, and goodness.

General Thanks for all His creation and blessings.
Psalm 139 is an excellent meditation to prime your thanksgiving pump.
Specific Thanks for blessings and benefits to you.
Psalm 103 is a good starting place.
Genuine Thanks for all things – the bad, the ugly, the unwanted.
Make a list of all the bad things you have been bemoaning.
List them to God. Ask him to help you believe that he is using that for His glory and your good.
Believe him!
Read Romans 8:28 and put your heartache into the passage.
Romans 8:28
” But we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to purpose.
Turn “all things” into for your good ,
for example “My financial loss God is working together for good.Believe Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD,
thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope.

Tell God you believe it!

Rejoice in it! It is true!
Thank God for The Past, Present, and Future

Past

Answered Prayers and Blessings
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Present

Circumstances & Blessings

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Bad Things

That Have Happened

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Promises of What Will Happen

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Faith is seeing what is not yet visible to the rest
but what God has already promised.
Workbook Exercises for WORSHIP
“O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt hisname together.” –
Psalm 34:3
Alpha and Omega Praise
Praise His name through the alphabet.
Lift up and exalt God’s names beginning with A and end with Z.
Do it together in the congregation , or in a small prayer group
Attempt to give at least 2 on each letter.
Prayerfully choose two or three names for each letter that are
especially precious to you and use them as you pray
the name of Christ.
Exercise these most familiar names so that they are quick to come to your mind.
A = Alpha_______________ Almighty____________
B = ____________________ ____________________
C = ____________________ ____________________
D = ____________________ ____________________
E = ____________________ ____________________
F = ____________________ ____________________
G = ____________________ ____________________
H = ____________________ ____________________
I = ____________________ ____________________
J = ____________________ ____________________
K = ____________________ ____________________
L = ____________________ ____________________
M = ____________________ ____________________
N = ____________________ ____________________
O = ____________________ ____________________
P = ____________________ ____________________
Q = ____________________ ____________________
R = ____________________ ____________________
S = ____________________ ____________________
T = ____________________ ____________________
U = ____________________ ____________________
V = ____________________ ____________________
W = ____________________ ____________________
X = ____________________ ____________________
Y = ____________________ ____________________
Z = ____________________ ____________________

Group Exercise – Suggestion

(10 minutes max)
Simply writing down God’s names may or may not be worship.
Worship is exalting His Names together. So let’s do it.
In groups of 3 begin to worship the Lord by telling him of his excellent greatness.
Exalt his name together
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Discipline
Focus!
Do not allow yourself to drift into confession, or thanksgiving or petition.
This is a time solely to “behold His beauty.”
Songs
There are many songs and hymns that go with the names of Jesus.
Try to match a name of Jesus with an accompanying song.
Then sing it as part of your worship experience.
Workbook Exercises for WORSHIP
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” –
(Psalm 34:3)
Daniel said,
“The people that know their God will be strong and do exploits.”
(Daniel 11:32)Solomon said,

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and they are safe.”
(Proverbs 18:10)
Jesus taught to ask anything “in his name” and it will be done for us.
Jesus’ name is a powerful name.
It is a “name above every name”  so that
“at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of God.”
(Philippians 2:9-11)
Ask Yourself
Who Is He ? Exalt and extol His character, virtues, and attributes.
What Are His Wonderful Names ? Call upon him by the Names you can
remember and that are significant to you.
What He Does.
How Great Is He ?
Remember all the great things He has done.
Review historical miracles, mighty miracles .

Learn to exalt his name(s) in prayer.
Lord, You are _______________________________
(attributes of God)
[adjectives], therefore I will …
Lord, You are my ____________________________
(Names of God or Jesus)
[nouns] , therefore I will …
Lord, Your name is ___________________________
and I exalt and worship You.

Steps to Follow

1.
Read Scripture that exalts Who He is.
(Prime the pump with Scripture)
2.
Sing songs to the Lord. (Sing out loud!)
3.
Exalt His Names. (Magnify his names)
Use the list of 640 names of God and Christ.
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Remember His mighty works. (Think on, Meditate on)
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Tell of His excellent greatness
 (REHEARSE THIS TO HIM ….. TELL THE FATHER)
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Physically express your worship and adoration.
(Lift hands,  lay prostrate, kneel,  walk and pray ,
stand,  fold your hands , bow your head
or whatever to you expresses  worship)
Workbook Exercises
for
CONFESSION
“If we say we have not sinned,
we deceive ourselves…” I John 1:8
My Major Temptations
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
(See the list on the next page)

 

My Besetting Sins
(Hebrews 12:1)
(Those that easily overtake me and occur over again and again.)

 

My Failures & Faults
(Confess or admit them one to another – James 5:16.)
Workbook Exercises for CONFESSION
“Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another.” – James 5:16
Common Sins and Temptations
What are your temptations, or easily besetting sins  ?
Have I committed?
Or am I guilty of?
___ adultery-emotional
___ adultery-in-mind
___ adultery-physical
___ abuser
___ anger
___ anorexia
___ backbiting
___ backsliding
___ bitterness
___ brawler
___ breach of confidence
___ bulimia
___ callous
___ cheating
___ clamor
___ complaining
___ compulsive
___ condemning
___ covetous
___ critical
___ cry-baby
___ cursing
___ cynical
___ defensive
___ demanding
___ dirty mind
___ disobedient to authorities
___ disobedient to parents
___ doubt
___ drunken
___ easily hurt
___ evil joking
___ evil speaking
___ excessive debt
___ faithless
___ falsify
___ fearful
___ fortune tellers
___ gamble
___ getting even
___ gluttony
___ grumbling
___ hatred
___ hoarding things
___ hopeless
___ horoscopes
___ hypocrisy
___ idolatry
___ impatient
___ inconsiderate
___ inconsistent
___ indifferent
___ irresponsible
___ jealous
___ judgmental
___ jump-to-conclusions
___ know-it-all
___ lazy
___ lewd
___ lying
___ lost 1st love
___ lukewarm
___ lustful-mind
___ lustful imagination
___ malcontent
___ meddling
___ money addiction
___ murder
___ murmuring
___ necromancy
___ neglect of children
___ neglect of church
___ neglect of family
___ neglect of fellowship
___ neglect of gifts
___ neglect of parents
___ neglect of service
___ neglect of spouse
___ ouija-boards
___ over-spender
___ overeating
___ perfectionist
___ pessimistic
___ pleasure seeker
___ pornography
___ prejudice
___ procrastination
___ promise breaker
___ proud
___ psychic-hotlines
___ quarrelsome
___ quitter
___ resentful
___ respect of persons
___ rude
___ sarcastic
___ self-centered
___ self-destruction
___ self-hatred
___ self-indulgent
___ self-pity
___ self-serving
___ severe
___ sensual
___ sex sins
___ slander
___ sharp answers
___ smoking
___ spiteful
___ sports-aholic
___ stealing
___ steal tithe
___ stinginess
___ suicidal thoughts
___ superstitions
___ swearing
___ temper
___ touchy
___ un-sympathetic
___ unfairness
___ unkind
___ unloving
___ unreliable
___ unfaithful
___ vengeful
___ vulgar
___ wishing evil
___ witchcraft
___ workaholic
___ worry
Other Sins
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Try to identify at least five areas in which you struggle with temptation.
They may not be listed here.   Be honest.
They are your temptations
Workbook Exercises for CONFESSION
“Confess your faults one to another and pray for one another.” – James 5:16
CONFESSION CHECKLIST
(Check up on your own secret sins)
The Sin – The Scripture
_____ Selfish desires  –   James 4:3
_____ Secret sins  –    Psalm 66:18
_____ Idle words  –    Matthew 12:36
_____ Lustful fantasies  –    Matthew 5:28
_____ Marriage conflicts  –    I Peter 3:7b
_____ Ingratitude  –   Philippians 4:4-8
_____ Unforgiving Attitudes  –    Mark 11:25-26
_____ Unresolved conflicts  –   Matthew 5:23
_____ Doubt  –   Hebrews 11:6a
_____ Prayerless  –   Hebrews 11:6b /  Jeremiah . 2:32
_____ Indecision & doubt  –   James 1:6
_____ Bitterness  –   Hebrews 12:15
_____ Rebellion against authority  –   I Samuel 15:23
_____ Known disobedience  –   James 4:17
_____ Temper  –   Ephesians 4:26-27
_____ Anger  –   Ephesians 4:26, 31
_____ Impatience with others  –    Ephesians 4:32
_____ Murmuring / Complaining  –    1 Corinthians 10:10
_____ Lying / Half-truths  –   Colossians 3:9
_____ Strife in your heart  –   James 3:14
_____ Grumbling  –   Jude 1:16
_____ Faithlessness  –    Luke 12:28
_____ Forsaking God’s House  –    Hebrews 10:25
_____ Spiritual Laziness  –   Ephesians 5:14
_____ Criticism of Others  –    Proverbs 25:23
_____ Self centeredness –    2 Corinthians 5:15
_____ Unequally Yoked  –   2 Corinthians 6:14
_____ Stealing  –    Romans 2:21
_____ Cheating  –   1 Thessalonians 4:6
There are sins that
“easily beset us”
that serve only to weigh us down and cause us shame
and hinder our fellowship with God. (Hebrews 12:1)
Each of us has our own set of reoccurring sins.
Confession is laying it out before the Lord…
“all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him
with whom we have to do.”
(Hebrews 4:13)

CLOTHE YOUR MIND

I Am Secure in all that God speaks to me according to HIS WORD .

Romans 8:1-2  –   I am not condemned before the throne
Romans 8:28   –  I know all things work together for me because I am called to his purpose
Romans 8:31 –   I am free of all accusations of the enemy. No one lays any charge on God’s elect
Romans 8:35  –   I cannot be separated from God’s love by anything
2 Cor 1:20-22   –   I have been sealed by God
Col 3:3  –   I am hidden with Christ in God
Phil 1:6   –   I am confident God will complete the work he began in me
Phil 3:20  –   I am a citizen of heaven
2 Tim 1:7   –   I have been given a sound mind
Hebrews 4:16   –   I have boldness before the throne of God
1 John 5:18   –   I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me
Workbook Exercises for CASTING CARE
“Casting all your care upon him for he cares for you. “ I Peter. 6:10
OK, now it is time to dump your load. What is on your mind and heart? It is not about a prayer list but about your inner longings, your hurts, your pain, your worries, your fears, your anxieties, your family,
your finances, your fun, your foolishness, your failures, etc.
Tell God all about it.
Unload and leave it here at the foot of the cross.
He cares about your worries, your fears, your troubles,
your sicknesses, your temptations, your finances, your family, y
our children, your spouse, your marriage, your job, your tests, your trials, and your needs.
There is nothing that you care about that God doesn’t care about. !
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Family

Place each family member before the Lord. Name them by name.
Tell God about their lives, needs, spiritual condition. Surrender each one to Him.
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Frustrations

Begin with your marriage and your relationship. Are their frustrations?
Is there anything that needs to change?
3.

Fears

Tell God about your fears, worries, or anxieties

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Finances

Tell God about your financial
concerns,  goals,  aspirations,  debts,  your needs,  your wants,  wishes,  and worries.
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Faults

Tell God about you.
Your weaknesses. Y
our temptations.
This is not confession, we have already done that.
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Failures

It is time to be naked and honest before the throne

A Prayer Journal

Keep a Journal of you Bible Reading and Prayer

A daily journal of your time with God is a wonderful way to exercise these prayer
disciplines.
Writing out your prayer each day is helpful way of “casting your care” on Him , because he cares for you.
Make 30 copies  of this page and compile a month-long prayer journal and notebook.
Date
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Scriptures Read
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Verse To Remember
or Memorize
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What I Learned or
Discovered
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Write Your Prayer to God
Dear Lord,
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Lord, please do these miracles:
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SPENDING TIME WITH GOD
“In quietness and confidence will be your strength
and you would not…” – Isaiah 30:15

Intimacy with God is very personal. It is a rich time of fellowship with God and personal  inventory through the work of God’s Spirit. It is a good thing to take a break at this point in your prayer time, unless of course you are doing the hour of intercession and not an extended time.
Go for a walk. Give yourself a timeof rejoicing.
Listen to worship tapes and let your heart be glad in the Lord. He is with you.
Enjoy basking in His presence.
Developing Intimacy with God takes time.
There are no shortcuts, no quick fixes, no speed- praying techniques.
Spending time with God is about s p e n d i n g
t i m e w i t h G o d  !
God is not in a hurry. He never was and never will be. Slow down and get to know Him.
Your journey is the journey of a lifetime.
Record What God Has Said
We really believe that God speaks in whispers to the soul. If you have spent 3 minutes or 3
days in retreat alone with God we believe he has spoken to your heart.
His whispers are love letters to your soul. They are significant message of the Heavenly Father
to one of  his beloved children.
Take the time at the end of your time of intimacy to remember and
record what the Lord has whispered to you.
We have provided a short space here, but a
better tool is to record it in your daily prayer  journal.
What I Learned About Silence
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What I Learned About Worship
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What I Learned About Thanksgiving
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What I Learned About My Sin
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What I Learned About My Covering
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What I Learned About My Cares
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