Moravian Prayer Tips.
Getting Ready to Pray:
- Pray that Jesus would make the time you are sleeping a bit more efficient and/or get to bed a bit earlier than normal
- Set an alarm on your phone.
- If you sleep alone, set your alarm clock. Don’t forget to reset it for the morning!
- Have an accountability partner. Agree with a friend, spouse or prayer group to help keep you accountable to your commitment and join you on the journey.
Once You Are Awake:
- Get out of bed.
- Move to a place that will keep you upright and awake, yet will be comfortable for an hour of prayer, or even better, pace around.
- Get something to drink. You can get very thirsty as you worship and pray. Getting something ahead of time will help you to avoid interrupting your prayer. Remember to avoid caffeine and high sugar content if you’re planning to go back to sleep. We recommend a nice herbal tea!
- Grab a pen and paper, your laptop, or ipad. You’ll want to keep notes, so that you can begin where you last left off in prayer. It’s also great to go back and compare your notes with others or with the testimonies which come forth.
- Don’t forget your Bible. Often the Lord will reference a verse or story that you may want to look up so that the Holy Spirit may reveal it to you.
- Feel free to thrown on a bit of soft atmosphere shifting, Holy Spirit inducing and face melting worship music in the background. We do however recommend that at least half of your prayer time has no background noise!
Ready to Pray: ACTS are always a good place to start!
- A for Adoration – spend some time worshiping Jesus. Use your favorite music, a Psalm, write something, or choose a characteristic or recent answer to prayer to inspire your praise.
We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. He inhabits the praises of His people. Worship draws us near into the Holy of Holies.
- C for Confession – is there anything you’ve done or not done that has been unloving to God and others? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you when you have sinned and fallen short of God’s love recently. You might want to use the words of Psalm 139:23-24 as your prayer. Say sorry for whatever comes to mind and ask the Holy Spirit to help you change your future behavior.
- T for Thanksgiving – think, speak or write a list of good things in your life and thank God for each of them.
- S for supplication – supplication is an old fashioned word for asking. Ask God to intervene and meet the needs of each situation. Uncertain how to ask? There’s no special language or strategy needed, Jesus encourages us to keep it simple (Matt 6:5-8) and if we’re unsure about what God wants then pray for the most positive and loving outcome to each situation and follow Paul’s instructions in Romans 8:26-27 and pray by the Spirit. (26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.)
Prayer is a conversation. We live in a noisy world full of distractions. Whether you love or hate silence, there is an amazing peace and connection to God to be found in practicing stillness. His still small voice is most easily heard when we “be still and know.” So stop and listen for God’s side of the conversation, then write it down, so that you can read it later.
Jesus told a story of a woman so passionate about wanting justice she succeeded in getting her way simply by bugging the Judge who could make it happen until He finally relented (Luke 18). Our Father is a lot more willing to act than a reluctant Judge, but Jesus used this story to tell us about the importance of not giving up when prayers aren’t answered immediately.
Sometimes a prayer assignment will take longer to get through than the time, which we have allotted. Just as a large field is not plowed in one day, but we must come back to finish the work. It can even seem like we’re doing hard work without a result, but you can continue to pray about it as you have time in your day or if it isn’t urgent just pick up where you left off the next time you set aside time for prayer. Is there something you look at every day like a mirror, computer screen or refrigerator? Write a note and stick it there to act as a reminder to pray
Sometimes in prayer it seems as if we are intensely laboring, as a woman giving birth, pushing to get the issue birthed in the spirit. Don’t give up! You will get there! It is worth it!
When that note of victory and breakthrough comes, it will be so sweet!
If you are having trouble staying focused:
Are there specific things you want to persist in asking for? Try these simple ideas to help you remember to pray and not give up:
- Use your hands – there are 3 points you want to pray about. Assign a finger or thumb to each and spend five minutes holding each finger and thumb of your hand and praying for each situation
- Use your clothes – do you have a favorite accessory or piece of clothing you wear often. Why not assign a prayer request to a specific item and every time you wear it make that request your prayer project for the day.
We pray that as you partner in this exciting and critical assignment that you will be richly blessed for your faithful sacrifice and we look forward to sharing our victories!