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Know the “ABC Essentials ON A Path of Prayer by Lori Wagner.” Like 5/5 (1)

The following guide is a navigational tool for an intimate prayer journey. It offers direction, however, feel free to divert from the suggested path and follow as the Spirit leads.

A: ACKNOWLEDGE God, the Father of creation—His sovereignty, His majesty. ACCESS His presence through praise. ASK Him to lead you in this time of prayer.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).
“Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6).
B: BLESS the Lord! Bless His holy name, and then bless His people, your family, and yourself.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
“Give a blessing [pray for one another’s well-being, contentment, and protection}; for you have been called for this very purpose” (1 Peter 3:9, AMP).
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24–26).
C: CONFESS your failures, frailty, and sins, as well as your dependence on God. Humble yourself, but then see yourself as forgiven and restored (in the same condition as Adam or Eve before sin yet living in a world in need of God). Then COME boldly to prayer free from sin, guilt, and shame knowing Jesus enjoys your confident approach.

“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name” (Daniel 9:19).
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8).
D: DELIGHT in Him. Give Him your full attention. DESIRE Him and to understand His Word, heart, mission, plans, and strategies.

“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25).
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
E: EXPRESS your prayers in English. Pray with understanding for known needs such as spiritual and emotional healing, illnesses, relationship issues, and financial concerns. Be EXPLICIT with your requests, and remember to include church and secular leadership.

“I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15).
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1–2).


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Alone with God by Gwyn Oakes Like No ratings yet.

We often hear people say they are going to “get away” for the weekend or go somewhere apart from the daily grind. We think of trips to the seashore or to the mountains to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. This is not always an option as time and finances do not allow us the luxury.

I have found there is nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating than to have time alone with God. When we face dark times, feel no one understands, or simply want to be alone and feel His love and care, we can slip away to a quiet place and find Him there. Jesus gave us that example again and again.

The words of an old song come to mind: “Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.” In a quiet place, whether it is a closed bedroom door, a spot in the backyard, or in our car in a parking lot, God is waiting to meet us. He longs to know that we want to be in His presence, that we want His love and help.

Jesus felt the need to be alone: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23). He taught us by example the importance of setting aside solitary time with God.

In my darkest hours, I find peace and consolation in being alone with Him. When I simply want to reflect and be in His presence, He is always there – just a prayer away. I know from experience that He hears me when I talk to Him. He cares about my fears and frustrations and calms my troubled mind and soul. It is wonderful to share my excitement and joy with Him as well.

Regardless of my situation, my heavenly Father watches over me. When I am alone with Him, I more clearly see the way He wants me to take. He strengthens me, teaches me, and reveals secrets to me – just as He did His disciples. “When they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples” (Mark 4:34). “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately” (Mark 6:31-32).

Find a place alone with Him often.

This article is reprinted in memory of Gwyn Oakes, former Ladies Ministries President of UPCI. She now rejoices in the presence of the One she loved so deeply and served so faithfully.
(Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries

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