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52 Ways to Pray!

  1. Map- Pull out a map. What country is drawing your attention? What challenges and struggles might they face? Pray for the people of that country, including the missionaries serving there.
  2. Stretches- Stretch over your head and thank God that He is watching over you. Stretch to the side and thank God that He is always beside you. Stretch towards your toes and thank God that He guides your steps.
  3. Newspaper Headlines- Get a newspaper and search the headlines. When one catches your attention, pray for the situation and those involved.
  4. Prayer Closet- Designate a space in your home that is just for you. Maybe it is a closet, a chair in the corner, or place in the yard. Make this your space to grow with God.
  5. Pictures- Flip through a coffee book, Google images, glance at screensavers. When an image grabs your eye, pray about the emotions and thoughts that go through your head.
  6. Makeup- As you put on your makeup each morning, reflect on how God created you beautiful in His image. How does He see you as His beautiful child?
  7. Body Language- Strike a pose that symbolizes how you feel. Tell God about your emotions while staying in that pose. Example: curled up when you’re sad, raised hands when feeling joyful, fight stance when angry…
  8. Music- Listen to a favorite song that expresses how you are feeling. Turn the lyrics into a conversation with God.
  9. Dear God- Write a letter to God sharing your hopes and dreams for the future.
  10. Prayer Wall- Hang a sheet of paper on the wall. Write your prayers on the wall and look them over as God answers in His time. Add to the prayers and update God’s answers.
  11. Hands On- Find an object that symbolizes a struggle you have. Pray for the issue while holding the object.
  12. Sense of Sight- Look around you. What do you see that reminds you of God? Tell Him.
  13. Sense of Smell- Take a sniff. What great smells are around you? Give God glory!
  14. Sense of Touch- Touch something soft, rough, wet, hot, cold, etc…how does it remind you of God?
  15. Sense of Taste- Take a bite of your favorite food. Praise God for this blessing and providing for your needs.
  16. Sense of Hearing- Sit in a quieter space. What do you hear? What does it tell you about God?
  17. Lord’s Prayer- Read Matthew 6:9-12. Pray the Lord’s prayer, pausing between lines to think about the real meaning and what it means in your life.
  18. Psalms- David wrote beautiful music and prayers. Read a Psalm and consider what David is praying. Do you have similar thoughts and prayers?
  19. Driving Time- Use your time in the car to reflect on God. Play praise music, listen to a sermon on tape, or talk aloud to God about your day.
  20. Breathe- Take a deep breath in and thank God for life, naming a blessing. Take a deep breath out and praise God, naming a characteristic of Him. Repeat over and over.
  21. Photos- Flip through your photos or a scrapbook. Stop with each photo and talk to God about the scene, the people, or the experience.
  22. Labyrinth- Pick a shape. As you walk the room in that shape, listen for God with each step and breath you take.
  23. Stones- Pick a stone and hold it in the palm of your hand. As you rub the stone, notice the size, shape, texture, weight of the stone. Connect each with a part of your life and share with God.
  24. Overflowing Cup- Gather a tea cup, slips of paper, and pen. On each slip of paper, write a blessing in your life. Continue until the cup is overflowing. Thank God for each blessing and gift He has given you.
  25. Prayer Partner- Find a person you trust to pray with you on a regular basis. Keep that person and their requests in your prayers every day. Share your requests with them to be prayed for as well.
  26. People Watching- Sit in the mall, Starbucks, or other public place and watch people. Pray for them specifically as the walk by. Pray they may know God, that He heals their hurt, that they give God praise, etc.
  27. Family Tree- Draw your family tree. As you add each name to the tree, pray for that person and their needs.
  28. Morning Prayers- Before your feet hit the ground in the morning, say good morning to God and ask for His help for the day. Post a reminder by your alarm clock, on your ceiling, or even in your slippers.
  29. Night Prayers- Before your head hits the pillow at night, look back on your day. Look for God’s work in your day, bring him any concerns, and give them thanks.
  30. Sky Gazing- Lay a blanket on the ground and look up at the sky. Watch the clouds during the day or the stars at night. Pray to God about how big He is as our creator and how small we are as his creation.
  31. Prayer Hike- Go on a hike. As you peacefully walk, look carefully at creation and give God thanks.
  32. Thank You Cards- Thank God for the special people in your life. Make a thank you card for each of them and write your prayer in the inside.
  33. Poetry- Open a journal or notebook and let your inner poet come out with prayers to God.
  34. Food Prayers- Stop and pray every time you eat, meals or snacks, brief or long, aloud or silent. Let food be a physical reminder of how God always provides for you.
  35. Clay- Sculpt an image that is in your heart. Lift it up to God as an offering. Put it in a place
  36. Rewriting Psalms- Open up to Psalms, pick your favorite, and rewrite David’s prayers in your own words.
  37. Reading Hymns- Borrow a hymn book from church or google hymns. Read these historic, famous, and moving songs as a prayer. Look up the story behind them and be inspired to write your own.
  38. Enemies- Go to God concerning the person that you are struggling with. Don’t just pray for the conflict, but pray for your enemy personally and their situation in life.
  39. Silence- “Be still & know that I am God.” Listen, just be still and listen for the voice of God.
  40. Hanging Quotes/Scripture- Put a favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse on post it notes. Hang the notes where you will see them several times a day.
  41. Candle- Light a candle, take a deep breath, and come to a peaceful place where you can just relax in the love of God. What is He speaking to you?
  42. Paint- Using paint and paper, express your prayer artistically to God. Don’t worry about talent, let your heart speak openly to the ultimate artist.
  43. Meditation Phrases- Pick a verse in the Bible, go to a quiet place, and repeat the verse over and over. Ask God to reveal the meaning to you and the purpose for it in your life.
  44. Images of Jesus- Google different images of Jesus. Look at each, see the similarities, see the differences. Think about who each image was created for. Think about how you see Jesus. Why does that image come to mind?
  45. Holding a Cross- Hold in your hand a pocket cross, a wooden cross, or even a nail. Reflect on the death of Christ and the significance in your life of that sacrifice.
  46. Prayer Walk- Walk around your neighborhood. Pause in front of houses, praying for the residents. Pause in front of businesses, praying for their jobs. Talk to people and pray for them as you walk.
  47. Drawing- Sketch out an image that is in your heart. Lift it up to God as an offering.
  48. Time Capsule- Gathering images of your faith journey. Put them in a box and bury it as a time capsule. In a year, dig it up and talk to God about how far He has brought you in life.
  49. Paint Chips- Go to the store and collect a variety of paint chips. Pick a color that reflects your feelings and talk to God about why you choose that color.
  50. Sports- Play your favorite sport. Focus on your muscles, heart, and breathing. Give God thanks for your physical abilities and health, live in wonder and amazement of His creation.
  51. Apples- Have an apple for a snack. As you look at the seeds, fruit, and skin, reflect on the Trinity and the different roles of our God.
  52. Bath- Take a nice, long, hot bath. As you soak and relax, reflect on your baptism and its significance in your life.

    Contributed by Trish Farrell, Director of Youth and Family Ministries.
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Ask, Seek, Knock

So I say to you: 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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:9-10

Take careful note of what Jesus says, for he suggests that there are three levels of prayer: ask, seek, and knock. You can remember them, incidentally, if you will take note of the fact that the initial letters spell the word ask, a ask, s seek, k knock. There you have a little formula for prayer. Now mark these three different levels. The circumstances of each are vastly different, but the answer is the same.

The simplest and easiest level, of course, is ask. What he means is that there are certain needs which require a mere asking to be immediately and invariably met, and the range of these needs is far wider than we usually give credit for. For instance, reading through the New Testament, it becomes clear that our need for Christlike attributes lies in this category. If we need love, courage, wisdom, power, patience, they all lie in this realm. Simply ask, that is all, ask, and immediately the answer is given. Is that not what James says, If any man lack wisdom. What? Let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, (James 1:5 KJV). And what? It shall be given. That is all, it shall be given. Let him ask and it shall be given.

A second level of prayer is denoted by this word seek. You cannot think of what it means to seek without seeing that our Lord injects here an element of time. Seeking is not a simple act, it is a process, a series of acts. Jesus says there are areas of life that require more than asking; there must be seeking, searching. Something is lost, hidden from us, and prayer then becomes a search, a plea for insight, for understanding, for an unraveling of the mystery with which we are confronted. Again, the answer is absolutely certain. Seek, and you will find!

There is still a third level which involves knocking. Here, both time and repetition are involved. A knock is not a single rap, it is a series of raps. It is a request for admittance, repeated if necessary, and it suggests situations where we seek an entrance, or an opportunity. Someone has perhaps erected a barrier against our witness or against our friendship and we are seeking to surmount that, to get behind the wall of resistance and to have an opportunity freely and openly to speak, or to share, or to enter into a life. That requires knocking. Perhaps we have an unshakable desire to begin a certain type of work or ministry from which we are now excluded. We long to move into that area, we feel God leading us, calling us, to be this or do that. That requires knocking. We hunger, perhaps, after knowledge or friendship or as the Word of God says, Hungering and thirsting after righteousness (Matthew 5:6). We are looking for an opportunity, seeking an entrance into an area that is now restricted from us. This requires knocking. We come before God and boldly and repeatedly ask, each time making an endeavor to enter in, for we are resting on the solid assurance that what Jesus says here is true, Knock, and it shall be opened.

Lord Jesus, I ask that these words may come with fresh and vital meaning to my heart; that there are things I need to ask for and take immediately from your hand, others that I need to seek for, still others for which I need to knock and wait, and knock again, knowing that in every case without exception your word is sure.
(A devotion for June 10th from Ray