God’s strategy for transformation is the gift of a new heart and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This new heart that God gives us is filled with new desires, but it does not come pre-packaged with new disciplines. The way we participate is by creating new disciplines and allowing the Spirit to change us through these disciplines, and none are more significant than Bible reading, prayer, and fasting. This year for Lent we want to corporately focus on the discipline of prayer. Follow along with daily prompts from February 14th to April 1st.
1. (15 min) READ: We want to spend the first 15 minutes reading the daily scripture and asking God to speak to you. As we read, we are hearing from the Lord and tuning our hearts in preparation for prayer. The word convicts our hearts, renews our minds, and informs our prayers. See the reading plan below.
2. (10 min) REPENT/BELIEVE: For the next ten minutes we repent of anything going on in our heart that is not like Christ. You ask God to search us and change us. We confess our sinful thoughts and actions and believe again the good news that Jesus alone gives us right standing before God.
3. (25 min) ASK: The next 25 minutes is petition prayer. We’re asking God to move and provide breakthrough in ways only he can. We’re praying for the lost, we’re praying for financial provision, we’re praying for leaders to be raised up, we’re praying for wisdom, and we’re asking for power. Your site will provide a list of more specific prayer needs and of course we can also pray for things we know about that are going on in our church. This is a great time to pray with someone else or to write out your prayers on a tear sheet.
4. (10 min) PRAISE: We want to end each time by worshipping God and giving Him glory for who He is. We can sing to him, pray prayers of adoration, but all in all be reminded that God is good, He is in control, and He can be trusted to meet all of our needs in Christ.