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?
"If the rich man from the parable had understood that he received everything that he had for free from God, then he would have shared generously with others. He was caught up in fulfilling his own desires." (Open Wide the Door to Christ, pg. 14