We’ve been talking about prayer this season. Here is a page on setting up a basic time for prayer.
Click link for a copy of the worksheet: quiet-time
There are a lot of parts to a prayer life. We can make it complicated, or we can keep it simple. Here is a simple place to start: HELP
HAVE a place and time
ENTER God’s presence.
- Take a moment to relax, take a breath.
- Open with a simple prayer like, “Lord, hear my prayer.”
LISTEN to the word of God
- Listen, don’t just read it with your eyes.
- Listen by reading slowly out loud, more than once.
- Follow a reading plan:
- Following the Lord’s Prayer – “A Model Prayer”
- Responding to today’s reading
- Keep a prayer list.
(Grace: it can be helpful to forgive yourself if you miss a day. It is worth considering an option like taking a walk, listening to gospel music, enjoying a hobby…)
In a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) I have been using an idea derived from Martin Luther’s letter to his barber on how to pray. This is available as an article fro Inter Varsity Press in a booklet called “Martin Luther’s Quiet Time.”
Luther’s four fold strand of prayer in response to scripture is put into the acronym S*T*A*R
The following extract from a sermon explains….
I have also shared and modeled a way of praying through the Lord’s Prayer. This comes from Martin Luther’s teaching on prayer. He said that we can take a part of scripture, such as the 10 Commandments or the Lord’s Prayer and turn it into a pray by these easy steps. First to State the teaching, “Lord you have taught us that we can come to your as our Father.” Then we can thank him, “Lord we thank you for the privilege of prayer that we can come to you and you will welcome us and delight in us as a parent delights in a child.” Then we can Admit our wrongs, “Lord we act as orphans in the world. We act as if we are on our own and do not look to you for guidance or for help in times of trouble.” Then we can Request. “Lord, please let our lives be a reflection of your love and personal care for us.”
This STAR outline can help us in our prayer. We can use it whenever we respond to Scripture. I have modeled it in each sermon of this series so far, and will do it again today.
- State the teaching
- Thank God for it.
- Admit our failings
- Request God to act on it.