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Prayer Resources

Ways to Pray

1. Breath Prayer:

In a breath prayer a person focuses on his or her breath. Breathe in and breathe out.  Focus on your breath. When you breathe in try focusing on a phrase in Scripture. Take this line from the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Say that phrase to yourself as you breathe in.  Many different phrases can work.  

2. Prompting Prayer:

In a prompting prayer we pray when we see a prompt.  For example, When a person sees an ambulance, “Help those people”When a person sees an airplane, “Thanks for this glorious world” When a person sees a particular color, “God you are glorious” At the start of an hour, “Be present to me during this hour”  

3. ACTS This is a method of prayer:

Adoration            Praise God for a quality of God 

Confession         Share with God how you have missed the mark

Thanks                 Give thanks for three events from the previous day

Supplication       Pray for someone else or pray for yourself
4. Prayer Walk:

Go on a walk and focus on God or what you see around you. One way to do a prayer walk is to say a phrase as you walk.  Try, “Come, Holy Spirit, Come” and then another step. It would work like this Step 1   Come Step 2   Holy Spirit Step 3   ComeStep 4 Try this for ten minutes. You are bound to be engaged with God  

5. Journaling:

Some people enjoy writing. Free form writing can be a form of prayer. At the start of the journaling direct your writing to God.  

6. Prayer Sheet:

Consider making your own sheet of prayers and then fill out that sheet each day as you pray. One way to do this is to 1) Read Scripture 2) Fill out a sheet  3) Pray.  The following is a sample sheet:   Date: 
Prayer focus for the year:   Prayer focus for the week:   Praises for God:   Thanks:   Sins I confess/personal issues of growth:  Family:   People at Chain of Lakes and in the world:   Decisions I am making:   Particular ministries at Chain of Lakes:   Places in the world:   Petitions:   My day today:        

Books on Prayer  

The following books are three high quality resources on prayer:  

  1. Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson. The sub-title is 
    “An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life”.  This book is about different spiritual practices. 


  1. Prayer by Richard Foster. The sub-title is “Finding the Heart’s True Home.”  It’s a wonderful book that shares a wide variety of ways to pray. 


  1. Prayer by Philip Yancey. The sub-title is “Does it make any difference?”  He takes a hard look at prayer and asks the hard questions.  Then he provides the answers.  Sometimes the 
    answer is “I don’t know.”  It’s the most honest book about 
    prayer ever written.