21 Days of Prayer: Day 1

 In Prayers


Today we begin a 21-day prayer focus at hopecity.  We are choosing to use the month of August to set our hearts to be a people of prayer. Our rally cry will simply be, “Pray First.” In every situation, whether good or bad, we will try to pray before we act. Many times people act first and then want God to bail them out of that situation, but prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.

Understanding the necessity of prayer is not enough. In order for it to become a part of our life, it needs to become something we look forward to doing. I’m convinced most people don’t enjoy prayer because they have never been taught how to pray. That’s where this simple prayer-focus can help. Using several prayer models out of the Bible and having some guides to make prayer more personal, this focus is designed to bring joy into your time with God. When you discover the beauty of daily conversation with Him, you’ll experience the presence of God that will change your life.

Once you learn how to pray, prayer can become a part of everyday life. And then…
Before the day begins—
Before you go to bed—
Before you go to work or school—
Before you send that text—
Before you eat, drive or travel—
When bad things happen—
Before bad things happen—
In every situation—PRAY FIRST!

Prayer changes everything!

How do we make prayer a part of our everyday life? We can learn from three things that Jesus did…
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went out to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35).

Jesus got up very early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. In order for prayer to work, we should do the same. Make a daily appointment with God and keep it.

Jesus had a prayer place. Your prayer place needs to be an undistracted environment where you can pray out loud and perhaps have some worship music playing in the background.

Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes that’s fine. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave His disciples a prayer outline. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. This outline along with several other tools will be part of our 21 day focus.  We are encouraging everyone to use this Bible Reading and Devotional plan from YouVersion.

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