Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6-7 ~
Prayer is many things, but at its essence, prayer is simply talking to God. The God who spoke the universe into creation cares about us and wants to be in a relationship with us. The God who gives us life and breath and holds all things together wants to hear from us.  
The prayer resources on this page are an opportunity to deepen your relationship with the God who loves you so very much!  

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Types of Prayer

Blessing – speaking words of God’s blessing on people.
Confession – telling God about where you have failed and about the sins you have committed, and asking for forgiveness.
Contemplation – listening to God and enjoying God’s presence, usually in meditation and silence
Desolation – crying out in despair, pain, and the knowledge that there is no place else to turn but God.
Intercession – praying specifically on behalf of other people
Petition – asking God to do something for you or for others.
Healing – praying for the specific healing of a sickness or ailment.
Praise – expressing how great God is.
Thankfulness – being thankful for the ways God is at work in the world and in your life.
Transformation – committing to change for, among other things, surrender to God’s service, release of what troubles you, and forgiveness toward others.

Guides to Prayer

To help guide your prayer us the acronym A.C.T.S. or expound on a prayer that you already know.

A.C.T.S. (Spend time on each of the categories of A.C.T.S. as you pray.)

Adoration – worship or honor God as God. Giving God “credit” for being God.

Confession – Being real with God and admitting to sin. Asking and accepting forgiveness.

Thanksgiving – Seeing God at work in your life and the life of others and offer thanks.

Supplication – asking humbly and earnestly for your concerns and for the concerns of others.

 

EXPOUNDING (Taking a known prayer, usually a familiar one, and adding to it. For example, The Lord’s Prayer)

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. (God you are wonderful and holy…)
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. (Let me live in your will here on earth…)
Give us this day our daily bread. (Thank you for the many blessings of life. You know our needs…)
And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. (I’ve messed up and…)
And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. (Keep me from my temptations…)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. (Everything is yours…)

HELPFUL WAYS TO GROW IN PRAYER

 Prayer is communication with God.  People communicate in different ways.  Continue to explore different ways to praying and find those that will enrich and deepen your communication with God. 

  • Alarm / Trigger – use an alarm clock, timer, or other trigger (bell at school, red lights, airplane, etc.), to be a short time of prayer.
  • Journal – Use one page a day to write down your prayers. Helps keep prayers focused, opportunity to see God more clearly, is an encouragement for the future, and helps to sort out life.
  • Prayer List – List the people, places, situations you want to keep in prayer and use the list to guide your prayer.
  • Track Prayer Request – Brief Description of Request – Answer(s) to the Request
  • Prayer Time – Make a specific time (and place) to pray.
  • Meditate – Read a piece of Scripture and focus on God’s word. Empty out yourself and fill yourself with God.
  • Partner – Find someone to pray with or someone to hold you accountable to praying.
  • Team – Ask several people to be praying for you as you commit to growing in prayer. Consider finding a time for your team to meet together and pray.
  • Creative – Put action to prayer. Pray while you dance or paint.

 

Remember:

  • Prayer is a lifelong journey of growth.
  • Be spontaneous and pray continually.
  • Pray for one topic at a time.
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Rev. Dr. James Woods leads the Center for Transformative Prayer. His new book, “Putting on the Mind of Christ” is available to purchase online.