The prayer circle is a simple tool for practicing prayer that you can use by yourself and share with any follower of Jesus Christ. In just twelve simple steps, five minutes each, the prayer circle guides you through twelve ways the Bible teaches us to pray. At the end, you would have prayed for an hour.
The Bible teaches us to pray without ceasing. Not many of us can say we do that. But after this hour of prayer you will be a step closer.
The first step is praise. Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise him for the things that are on your mind right now. Praise him for one special thing he has done in your life the past week. Praise him for his goodness to your family.
The second step is to wait. Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let him pull together reflections for you.
The third step is to confess. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to him. Ask him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a Prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.
The fourth step is to read the word. Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets or passages on Prayer located in the New testament.
The fith step is to ask. Make request on behalf of yourself.
Number six is intersection. Make a request on behalf of others.
Number seven is for you to pray the word. Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of Psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.
Number eight is to thank. Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family and on behalf of your church.
Number nine is to sing. Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual songs.
Number ten is to meditate. Ask the Lord to speak to you . Have a pen and paper to record impressions he gives you.
Number eleven is to listen. Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.
Last but not the least, praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with him and the impressions he has given you. Praise him for his glorious attributes.
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