Choose a Time and a Place.
Make it a specific time dedicated only to prayer—a time when you are alert and clear. (Psalm 92:1-2) Make sure it’s a place where you are free from distraction and interruption. (Matthew 6:6)
Lay Aside All Other Concerns.
Examine your conscience and repent of your sins. (Psalm 130)
Let God’s mercy cleanse your conscience. (Romans 8:32)
Put aside anxieties, problems, and struggles. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Open Your Heart to the Gospel.
Consciously say “Yes” to these truths each day:
• God created me out of love and loves me always. (1 John 4:10)
• God sent Jesus to give us life. (John 3:16)
• By his death and resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death. (John 5:24)
• Jesus promised to be with us and to send the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15-16,23)
•Jesus intercedes for us in heaven. (Hebrews 7:25)
• Jesus is coming again. ?(Matthew 16:27)
Express your love and gratitude to your heavenly Father, to his Son Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 95; 136; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9)
Worship God honestly and from your heart. (Matthew 6:7-8)
Dwell in the Presence of God.
Listen actively to God in your heart as you read scripture. (Isaiah 66:2)
Sit quietly in God’s presence and let his love touch your heart. (Psalm 131)
Intercede with Faith and Trust.
Pray for the world, for the church, for your family, your friends, and yourself. (Matthew 7:7-11)
Write in Your Journal.
What has God said to you?
What do you want to carry into the day to keep your mind fixed on Jesus?
What petitions will you keep close to your heart?
Yesterday in Washington the 44th man in the history of our country took the presidential oath of office for a second term:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God."
"To compare someone who asks for help to a dog is a sufficient humiliation, even if
one does not know that the Israelites considered dogs to be very impure animals.
The Canaanite woman took no offense to this. Like a beggar to whom decaying
leftovers instead of fresh food are thrown, the Canaanite woman accepted the
humiliation in a natural way; she knew that she deserved nothing and that
nothing should be given to her. Yet, she persistently kept asking."
(Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 49
"You can love fully only when you yourself long for sanctity and when you desire to engraft this longing into others." (The Gift of Faith, pg. 213