“…Could you not keep watch for one hour?” Mark 14:37
Do you have problems with commitment to prayer? How about short five minutes segments in an hour? You can also just pray at a few spokes of the wheel.
It’s wonderful to start the day with the Lord, praying in the early hours before work begins. Having a set time and place for prayer has positive benefits, whether it is morning, noon or night.
Consider the “Miracle Hour” as an intensely loving “power encounter” with your heavenly Father. The more you can personalize them, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you spontaneously in your own words, the more meaningful it will be.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
Let us pray!
People of praise are people of faith. Praise draws us into the abundant life in which God created us to live. When we praise God we acknowledge His supremacy in our lives. Praise draws us into His presence even when we don’t feel like it.
Let us praise God in all things. For the next five minutes just forget about yourself and concentrate on God. Between each segment you may wish to say the Our Father prayer or pray in the charismatic gift of tongues.
LITANY OF PRAISE
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the King of kings.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the King of creation.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the King of the universe.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Almighty.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are Christ, the King.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Lamb of God.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Way for our life.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are only Truth.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Wonderful Counselor.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are Prince of Peace.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Light of the World.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Redeemer.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Messiah.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Anointed One.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Good Shepherd.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Lord of hosts.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Savior of the World.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Bread of Life.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Font of all holiness.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Living Water.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the True Vine.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Deliverer.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Salvation.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Righteousness.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Wisdom.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Sanctification.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Justification.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Door.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the great I AM.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the great High Priest.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Cornerstone.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Joy.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are our Covenant.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Most High God.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are my Defense.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the (my) Bridegroom.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are my Provider.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Resurrection and the Life.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are the Beginning and the End.
- Praise You, Jesus; You are worthy of all praise.
- SING TO THE LORD
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord
and extol him with music and song. “Psalm 95-102:1, 2
Anointed music has a great power to open our spirits. You may also wish to hum in tongues if you are released in that gift. There are a host of Christ-centered songs: the eight-fold Alleluia, “I love you, Lord”, etc.
- SPIRITUAL WARFARE
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
At times in our lives we may have inadvertently opened our spirit to some negative spiritual forces. It’s time to close those doors. It is important when we pray to place ourselves specifically under the protection of the Lord’s protection and take authority over any powers of evil.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYER
I place myself now under the cross of Jesus Christ and cover myself with the Precious Blood of Jesus.
In the name of Jesus Christ I seal this room and all members of my family, relatives and associates in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
I renounce all openness to the occult, all false worship and all benefits from magical arts. I renounce every power apart from God and every form of worship that does not offer true honor to Jesus Christ. I specifically renounce ___________________(for example, astrology, fortune telling, crystals, tarot cards, Ouija boards and any occult games.)
In the name of Jesus Christ, I break any curses that may be coming against me or my family, and stop the transmission of those curses through my ancestry.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind you spirit of _______________ (anger, unforgiveness, fear, insecurity, illness trauma.) Lord Jesus, fill me with Your love to replace the fear; fill me with strength to replace the weakness, fill me with your health to replace the illness.
Loving Father, let the cleansing, healing waters of my baptism flow back through the generations to purify my family line of contamination.
- A PRAYER OF SURRENDER
Our healing and empowerment begins when we surrender to Jesus. People generally find that He is the strongest in them when they surrender, and are in a position of weakness before Him. The more we open up, yield, and simply allow ourselves to be drawn deeply into the Lord’s love, the more our lives will come into right order. Pray from your heart. Pray it in your words, spontaneously, not as a ritual, but with an opening of yourself to God. “… may Your will be done” Matthew 26:42
Loving Father, I surrender to You today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. Jesus You are Lord of my whole life. I believe in You and receive You as my Lord and Savior.
Lord, I surrender my entire life to You, the past, the present and the future. In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to You. I surrender my emotions, my fears, my insecurities, my sexuality. I especially surrender______________,________________.
- RELEASE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Come Holy Spirit, and baptize me with the fire of Your love. I have surrendered to the best of my ability, and now I want to be filled with Your Spirit. I yield now to receive Your sanctification gifts of Isaiah 11:2: wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.
I yield and ask You to release Your manifestation gifts of: faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues 1 Corinthians 12.
I need them to witness to a hurting world. Only in Your power, guided by Your Spirit, can my life be fruitful. Holy Spirit come. I want it all, wrapped in “the greatest of these: love” 1 Corinthians 13:13. Thank you for reminding me that the love of Jesus is always there, filling in the gap between the love I needed and the love I received.
I want every purpose God has for my life to be fulfilled, and I need You, mighty Spirit of God, to bring that purpose to fulfillment.
Thank you for washing and cleansing any wounds and scars from the past that still have the power to dominate my thoughts and suppress my physical and emotional freedom.
Thank You for coming and drawing out the uncried tears, the unfinished grieving, the pain of loss, the traumas, the fear, the emotional hurts so painful that they were “buried alive.”
Thank You for coming into the root cause of any chronic failures. (Scan you life for any hurtful memories that need to be healed. When they surface, say simply “Holy Spirit I surrender that event to You for healing. Thank you for bringing Your good out of the hurt. Thank you especially for ________________”. Come Holy Spirit Song
As you pray the following prayer, it is not recommended that you delve into all your sins and failings, but let the Holy Spirit guide you. Don’t get bogged down in the details of the prayer, but use it to stimulate an active conscience.
PRAYER OF REPENTANCE
Loving Father, I am sorry for all the ways I have offended You, knowingly or unknowingly. I have sinned in thought, word and deed. I have sinned in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do. I come before You and ask for the grace of a deeply repentant heart. You know my innermost secrets. I open my heart to You today and ask You to show me the ways I have blocked the flow of Your love.
I ask forgiveness for sins against my purity; lust, fornication, adultery, unclean books, movies and videos and sexual fantasies, especially _________________.
I turn away from all those activities and I turn to You. I deeply repent of having an abortion or encouraging someone to have an abortion.
Forgive me, Lord. I repent of any compulsive, addictive behavior: drinking, drugs, gambling, sex, food and all addictions especially _________________.
Thank you, Father, for setting me free. I repent for not taking care of my physical and emotional health: lack of balance in nutrition, rest and exercise; perhaps the unhealthy suppression of emotions. I make a commitment today to take care of myself.
I’m sorry for the times I have hurt other people. I repent of any stealing, lying, deceiving and defrauding. I regret any lack of affirming others, brushing people off, coldness, unloving and inconsiderate behavior. I’m sorry for gossiping, betrayal of confidences and all breaches of faith.
I repent of any envy, hatred, resentment, unforgiveness, jealousy, criticizing or judging other, not receiving love in the way it is offered, and withholding expressions of love. I especially ask for forgiveness for______________________.
I bring before You now those areas that I am the most ashamed to bring to You; areas that I have hidden, such as certain personal habits, secret guilt, dark areas I have previously refused to bring to You. I bring You all areas about which I am the most ashamed, especially __________________________.
Loving Father, what else should I bring to You? For these I beg pardon today. I accept Your forgiveness and now share Your forgiveness with others. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Make a decision to be reconciled with the people in your life. Life is too short and too precious to waste being trapped and bound in the chains of unforgiveness. Let it go, today. You won’t be sorry. Forgiveness begins with a decision; the emotions will follow.
Loving Father, I choose to forgive everyone in my life, including myself, because You have forgiven me. I forgive myself for all my sins, faults and failings, especially _____________________. I forgive myself for not being perfect, I accept myself and make a decision to stop picking on myself and being my own worst enemy.
I forgive my MOTHER for any negativity and unlove she may have extended to me throughout my life, knowingly or unknowingly, especially _________________. I release her from bondage and make peace with her today.
I forgive my FATHER for any negativity and unlove he may have extended to me throughout my life, knowingly or unknowingly, especially ___________________.I release him from bondage and make peace with him today.
I forgive my SPOUSE for and negativity and unlove extended throughout our time together, especially __________________________. I release my spouse from bondage and make peace between us today.
I forgive my CHILDREN for any hurts, especially ______________________. I release them from bondage and make peace with them today. Bless them. Lord.
I forgive my SISTERS and BROTHERS for any negativity and unlove especially ___________________.
I forgive my BLOOD RELATIVES for any abuses, especially ________________________.
I forgive my ANCESTORS for any negative actions that affect my life today. I release them from bondage and make peace with them today, in Jesus’ name.
I forgive FRIENDS for any actions of negativity and unlove, especially __________________________. For any time they abused our relationship or led me astray, I do forgive them. I release them from all bondage, and pray a blessing on them today, in Jesus’ name.
I forgive all SCHOOL TEACHERS for any negative, abusive actions, especially ___________________. I forgive LAWYERS, DOCTORS, NURSES, and other professionals, especially ___________________. I forgive CLERGY and all representatives of the church especially _____________________________.
I release them all, in Jesus’ name. I forgive every member of SOCIETY who has hurt me in any way
Heavenly Father I now ask for the grace to forgive the ONE PERSON IN LIFE WHO HAS HURT ME THE MOST. The one who is the hardest to forgive, I now choose to forgive, though I may still feel angry and hurt.
Thank You, Lord. I praise You. Amen.
- SCRIPTURE REFLECTION
As you begin this section just say simple, “Lord, please speak to me through Your word today.” Open your Bible, browse through it, allow a word or phrase to catch your attention. Once something catches your eyes, stop there. If, for example, the word, “hope,” catches your eyes, ponder the meaning of it. Ask the Lord why that word captured your attention.. Ask, “Holy Spirit, what do You want to teach me through this word?” Write these reflections in your notebook and continue to meditate on them later. This is a very important record of your spiritual walk.
Scripture is one of our most important avenues of interaction with the Lord, along with the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As we feast on the Bible we come to know the character of God. We are infused with faith, hope and love as we spend time in the Word of God.
9. WAIT FOR THE LORD TO SPEAK :
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him …” Psalm 37:7.
Often it helps to close your eyes. He wants to speak to us more than we want to listen. He is a God of love, and love longs to communicate. Have a pen and note pad handy, and expect Him to speak. ” Speak, for Your servant is listening” 1 Samuel 3:10
As words or thoughts begin to come into your mind, write them in your notebook. Most probably, it will be the Lord giving you a word of loving encouragement, hope and healing.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” 1 Timothy 2:1
One of the greatest gifts we can give each other is the gift of prayer. This is the time to pray for other people. Pray for nations and leaders, pastors and those in authority.
Pray for the homeless, aborted babies, the sick and the dying. Pray for those who have no one to pray for them. Pray for your enemies. Pray for your family, friends, and associates.
Most important, ask the Holy Spirit to bring people to mind. He surely will. Their names probably will continue to come to mind throughout the day, once you make yourself available, because the Lord is always looking for someone willing to pray.
You might ask, “Lord, what does this person need?” Often an area of need will come to mind. He prompted you to ask, so you can be sure that He will do something about the need!
The prayer of a righteous man [and woman] is powerful and effective” James 5:16.
- PETITIONS :
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” Hebrews 4:16.
This is a time for you to ask the Lord to meet your own needs. Do you have a health concern? How about the long term goals for your life? Be specific. It helps to write down intercessions and petitions, as well as goals, so that when they are answered faith will increase.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8.
“Let us be thankful, and so worship God …”Hebrews 12:28.
Thank you, loving Father in heaven, for the amazing grace of this “Miracle Hour” with You. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and counsel me. Thank You for the fruit of the Spirit working in me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control.
Thank You for the grace to listen to You, believe in You and come to You. Thank You for all the ways You have helped me and intervened on my behalf. Thank You for Your plan for my life, for creating me with a high purpose in mind, for giving me a sense of worth. Thank You for loving me unconditionally.
Thank You for Your living Word that strengthens and empowers me. Thank You for enabling me to rise out of discouragement and walk in joy. Thank You for keeping me in perfect peace. Thank You for making all things work together for good as I place my trust in You. Thank You for enabling me to dwell in safety, and protecting me from the snares of the fowler.
Thank You for giving Your angels charge over me, to guide me in all my ways. Thank You for guiding me and giving me wisdom. Thank You for abundance of Your love that casts out all fear.
Thank You for supplying all my needs in accordance with Your riches in glory. Thank You for freeing me from sickness in body, mind and spirit, and bringing good out of the times when trouble comes. Thank You for giving me a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the great hope to which I have been called.
Thank You for all the blessings of life: godly ancestors, spouse, family, friends, professional people, clergy and church. Thank You for all who have helped me along the way.
Thank You for the wonderful gift of my life, exactly the way it is. And I thank You for the greatest gift of all — Your Son Jesus.
I especially thank You for ________________________ .
“Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift” 2 Corinthians 9:15.
Jesus is the greatest teacher and role model for prayer: He gave us the LORD’S PRAYER found in Luke 11.2-5:
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
Prayer is a two-way street. We talk to God and He talks to us. Yet, it isn’t a question of equal time. We should spend more time listening to God than in speaking.
We also discover that prayer is a journey that is deep and intense, yet at the same time, simplistic. God most loves the simple prayer from the heart, our attempts to please and reverence Him. This is why we have to be sensitive to God’s glory and not our own joy or pleasure, as part of our own will. So give God a word of praise!
Prayer is an ongoing and growing love relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the growth process, faith enters unto the stage. Without faith, prayers remain unanswered. We must firmly believe that our prayers will be answered WHILE we are praying it. We must develop “heart” knowledge and not simply “head” knowledge. We must learn to PRAY the prayer.
Unanswered prayers occur for a variety of reasons:
- We ask for things that are not in our best interests.
- Our prayer is contradictory. For example, “Lord I need patience quickly.”
- We are not prepared for what we have asked.
PRAYING FOR HEALING
A cry for healing is among our most urgent prayers. When we are in pain, we can turn to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, for healing. During his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ said many prayers for healing, miraculously causing the sick to recover.
So God arranges a divine appointment on behalf of those who have been praying for healing. God can heal by Himself, but He almost always requires His disciples to heal with Him.
So there are those disciples who actually do have a gift of healing. This author has been blessed with such a gift. This came about late in life when I made a decision to become a Christian Lay Missionary. One does not simply travel to the other side of the world only to wish people good health. God provides the tools in order to make a difference: a laying of healing hands.
“Thou hast given me dominion over the works of His hands;
thou hast put all things under my feet” Psalm 8:6
“Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses. By His stripes I am Healed.!” Matthew 8:17 1 Peter 2:24
During the intervals while still at home, this author prays daily to be sensitive to any divine appointment that God has placed in his path. This happens very regularly: at least once every few days. Part of the healing is usually immediate which gives the healed person more faith. The faith which is necessary comes from a BREATH PRAYER that must be said whenever one thinks about it and a minimum of once daily until all the healing is complete: “Lord Jesus, I praise you and thank you for Your healing!”