reflections of mine others might find useful

The Prayermobile.

I talked to the youth group tonight about how we need to grow in the area of prayer. If we don’t ask God to move powerfully in hearts and lives this year, then we’re doing everything from our own strength.

One opportunity for a prayer focus is going to be something we’ll call “The Prayermobile.” Each Saturday night from 9-10 pm we will be driving the mini-bus to various locations around town so we can pray specifically for those places. (Examples of locations are schools, city hall, firestations, other churches, Planned Parenthood, etc.) I’m committed to this: you can meet me by the buses every Saturday at church at 8:45 sharp. We’ll return by 10:15.

Also, during my lesson on prayer tonight, i handed out my list of prayer exercises, which also might be useful for some of you who weren’t there, so i’ll post it below.

Chose several to experiment with.

1. Write down a relationship goal, declaring where you want to be in your relationship with God. Admit where you’re at, make things right, pray toward that goal.
2. Purge your prayers of routine-ness. Make each one fresh and one-of-a-kind.
3. Pray out loud, or at least move your lips to involve more of you and to avoid distractions.
4. Use a variety of body positions. Kneel for confession. Open your eyes and look heavenward for requests or praise.
5. Get uncomfortable. Don’t let sleepiness keep you from focusing. “A desire for God which cannot break the chains of sleep is a weak thing and will do but little good for God after it has indulged itself fully.” The Power of Prayer by EM Bounds
6. Sing a worship song or listen to a CD, while thinking about the words. Don’t sing praise songs with your heart disengaged. (Matt 15:8)
7. Write out prayers to help you focus and to measure answers later.
8. Set a minimum time goal to make sure you’re not neglecting God with your time.
9. Take occasional extended times in deep prayer, rather than short, shallow prayers.
10. Give Him your firstfruits: For many this is at the beginning of your day.
11. Write down everyone and everything you believe God wants you to be praying for regularly. (i.e. start a prayer list.)
12. Force yourself to pray for only eternal things if you tend to get caught up in the here and now.
13. Force yourself to submit mundane decisions to him if you tend to not involve God in your daily life.
14. Never say “Amen” for a whole day, keep a continual prayer going all day.
15. Simply thinking about God, his Word, and his creation is a type of prayer called “meditation”. (Examples: Ask: what has God rescued me from? Count your blessings. Think about some attributes of God. Reflect on how God’s love is different from man’s. Be thankful A-Z through the alphabet. Think about people God has blessed you with. Think about what Jesus went thru for you. Think about your specific sins.)
16. Pray with someone else, which helps if your mind tends to wander and it also gives you a glimpse of how they relate with God. Ride the Prayermobile!
17. When praying with others, focus on their words & agree with them. Prayermobile!
18. When someone asks for prayer, pray immediately, on the spot!
19. Practice praying FOR your enemies.
20. Go to a specific location for a different prayer focus. Ride the Prayermobile!
21. Read a good book about prayer, such as “the Practice of the Presence of God” by brother Lawrence or Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, books on prayer by EM Bounds or a biography of a prayer warrior like George Muller.

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  1. PRAYERMOBILE SCHEDULE Meet at church at 8:45 pm or the week’s location at 9:00.
    look for the church minibus. Finish at 10:00 at the location or back to church by 10:15 pm.

    Date Location
    Saturday, August 30, 2008 City Hall (Mays Island) praying for the flood.
    Saturday, September 06, 2008 Linn-Mar
    Saturday, September 13, 2008 Aid to Women
    Saturday, September 20, 2008 Washington
    Saturday, September 27, 2008 Maranatha Bible Church
    Saturday, October 04, 2008 Marion (Combo)
    Saturday, October 11, 2008 Police Dept.
    Saturday, October 18, 2008 Kennedy
    Saturday, October 25, 2008 8 Days of Hope (flood zone)
    Saturday, November 01, 2008 Election (at Westdale Mall)
    Saturday, November 08, 2008 Linn-Mar
    Saturday, November 15, 2008 Fall Retreat
    Saturday, November 22, 2008 Wild Card (TBA)
    Saturday, November 29, 2008 Faith Bible Church
    Saturday, December 06, 2008 Washington
    Saturday, December 13, 2008 Lindale Mall (consumerism)
    Saturday, December 20, 2008 Home School (Combo)
    Saturday, December 27, 2008 Wild Card (TBA)
    Saturday, January 03, 2009 Cedar Valley Bible Church
    Saturday, January 10, 2009 Kennedy
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 Fire Station
    Saturday, January 24, 2009 Winter Retreat
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 Linn-Mar
    Saturday, February 07, 2009 Washington
    Saturday, February 14, 2009 Bridal Chapel
    Saturday, February 21, 2009 Prairie (Combo)
    Saturday, February 28, 2009 Planned Parenthood
    Saturday, March 07, 2009 Kennedy
    Saturday, March 14, 2009 Kingston Stadium (sports)
    Saturday, March 21, 2009 Linn-Mar
    Saturday, March 28, 2009 Spring Break
    Saturday, April 04, 2009 Spring Retreat
    Saturday, April 11, 2009 Washington
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 Jefferson (Combo)
    Saturday, April 25, 2009 Galaxy 16 (entertainment media)
    Saturday, May 02, 2009 Oak Hill Cemetary
    Saturday, May 09, 2009 Kennedy
    Saturday, May 16, 2009 Gazette/Channel 9 (news media)
    Saturday, May 23, 2009 Other combo school (TBA)
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 Wild Card (TBA)

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