How to P.R.A.Y.
A Guide to DAily Spiritual Disciplines
* The following is an elaboration of David Platt’s ‘Guide to Personal Worship’
As this fast-paced world attempts to hurry us through life, we must resolve to live life slowly in order to always be in a posture of prayer. This begins with waking up before the day starts in order to set our heart's focus on the Father and our desperate need for His power and presence to guide us throughout the oncoming day. This ends with a closing prayer of reflection and thanksgiving every night for what God graced us with that particular day. As we bookend each day in prayer, the time in between consists of periodic prayers of bringing what the day brings before the presence of our Father.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night (Psalm 92:1-2).
As we spend time in prayer throughout the day, our prayers should be seasoned with these basic ingredients through the prompting of the Holy Spirit within us:
Praise - Worship God for who He is and what He has done.
Repent - Confess any revealed sin immediately and admit your need for Christ.
Ask - Intercede for particular needs in your own life and the lives of others.
Yield - Submit to respond in obedience to whatever God's calling you to do.
Devote yourself to the spiritual discipline of getting on your knees before you walk out the door and getting on your knees before you lie down at night. Specifically, pray through your schedule for the day asking our Father to direct you by His Spirit to live each day for the glory of His name. Finally, ask our Father for opportunities and pray that He will give you the words to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel as soon as that opportunity arises. And with every prayer, acknowledge that it is on account of what Christ accomplished that we have this access to pray to our Father at all.