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2. Waiting (The Act of Soul Surrender)

Go here if you missed the beginning of the Hour of Prayer which is Praise. Go here and here for introductions into the Hour of Prayer.

Waiting a time of “wordless worship”.

Waiting requires our whole being. It is not falling into a state of Daydreaming, but rather it is having a mind that is on HIGH ALERT.  Waiting is different than praise in that praise is verbalizing our wonder, awe, and esteem of God and waiting is silent love and adoration. Praise shouts out that God is Good. Waiting softly says, “God, I love you.”

Waiting is just being alone with God. All of our focus should be on the Heavenly Father. Think about your human relationships. Is it possible to get to know someone intimately without spending time in that person’s presence and with little attention directed towards that person?

Waiting prepares us for the next step of confession. As we get to know God more intimately, we see our own needs, sins, inadequacies for clearly.

Waiting pulls us away from the distractions that the world offers. The distractions that surrounds us on everyside all day long.

Waiting takes time. We can NOT rush into it and expect God’s blessings immediately. Waiting takes silence. Silence is a lost art. In this world of modern conveniences, we want everything NOW! RUSH ORDER! We cannot rush God. Practice silence throughout your day. We need to learn how to wait in silence.

“Lord, teach me to Wait!”

Recap taken directly from The Hour that Changes the World by Dick Eastman

1. After your moments of praise, bring your mind and spirit into a time of complete silence to the world.

2. Think no thoughts but thoughts of God the Father, His Son, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.

3. If words are to be voiced, let them be quiet whisperings like, “I love you, Lord”, or  “I long for your presence, O God”.

4. Concentrate full attention on the “love” aspect of God’s nature in these minutes of silence.

 

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Chapter 2  PRAISE

The first 5 minutes in our hour of prayer consists of PRAISE.

Jesus left us an example of Prayer. He begins with “Hallowed”. Praise to God. During these first 5 minutes our purpose should be “to bring Glory to God.”

Psalm 50: 23 “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”

Praise should not be just lip service, it must be a way of life.

Psalm 22:3 “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Isreal.”  This is such a challenge. I LOVE this verse. Do I wonder sometimes where God is? Why it doesn’t feel like he is near? Well, I need to start praising him. He will be found as I praise him. Wonderful, wonderful challenge.

4 Praise points:

1. Praise God for his name – Ps. 115:1 – His name is Jesus Christ.

2. Praise God for his righteousness – Ps. 35:28

3. Praise God for his infinite creation – Ps. 150:2 – Here there is no limit to the amount of things you can find to praise him for. He has created countless things.

4. Praise him for his Word. – Ps. 56:10 – Psalm 19 gives us an outline on how to praise him for his Word.

It is impossible to run out of ways and whats to praise God for. Start praising him 5 minutes at a time.

“Lord, teach me to adore You.”

An Hour of Prayer divided into 12 , 5 minute sections:

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Chapter 1

“The moment we determine to pray daily, Satan fills our paths with distracting hinderance.”  Oh, soo true, as I am finding out.  It may be our job, our children, ourselves being more tired, or a number other reasons. But remember we always can make time for the things that we feel are important.

Susanna Wesley, a mother of 19 children, had her time of prayer. She would sit down and put her apron over her head and her children knew that she wasn’t to be disturbed.

Only as we practice prayer will we experience prayer’s power.

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“The Hour that Changes the World” by Dick Eastman

is a book that my husband and I are reading together in the early morning hour before the world wakes up. It is a book on prayer and how to spend an hour in prayer.

How much do you pray? I thought that I prayed alot. Because often through out the day I would offer these short sentence prayers to God. But I am seeing that I spend really very little time in prayer. Very little compares to what I should be. The Liberian people are such a challenge to me in this area. We have quite a few people in our church who will get up at 1, 2, or 3 o’clock in the morning to pray for an hour or 2. They will call each other to wake each other up to pray.  A quote by one Liberian brother to Titus, my husband, “I have a problem with you people, (meaning the missionaries that have come) and that is that you don’t pray enough.”  We need that! We need them to challenge us and inspire us to greater heights. It is NOT just a one-way street here on the “mission field” at all.

Here is the hour in summary. Now remember this is just the skeleton to get you going if an hour looks WAY TO UN-DO-ABLE for you. You need to bring LIFE to the skeleton. This could just become a form that you go through and be able to say “I spend an hour in prayer ever day” and your prayers don’t reach the ceiling ~OR~  it could bring LIFE to you and your walk with God, it can be an “Hour that changes the World”.

Divide the hour into 5 minute segments.

1. Praise (Recognize God’s Nature) Ps. 63:3

2. Waiting (Silent Soul Surrender) Ps. 46:10

3. Confession (Temple Cleansing Time) Ps. 139:23

4. Scripture Praying (Word-Enriching Prayer) Jer. 23:29

5. Watching (Develope Holy Alertness) Col. 4:2

6. Intercession (Remember the World) 1 Tim. 2:1-2

7. Petition (Share Personal Needs) Matt. 7:7

8. Thanksgiving (Confess my Blessings) 1 Thess. 5:18

9. Singing (Worship in Song) Ps. 100:2

10. Meditation (Ponder Spiritual Themes)  Josh. 1:8

11. Listening (Receive Spiritual Instruction) Eccl. 5:2

12 Praise (Recognize God’s Nature) Ps. 52:9

“Prayer should begin and conclude at the level of praise” Dick Eastman

Lord, teach me to pray!

In time, I want to explore each of these facets of prayer. Dick Eastman has a chapter on each one of these facets in his book. Titus and I just finished “Watching” this morning. As we read the chapters explaining what should happen in each 5 minutes, it becomes a lot more alive and do-able for me.

Hopefully with time I, too, will be able to sing with enthusiasm and excitement:

“Oh, the pure delight of a single hour

That before Thy Throne I spend,

When I kneel in prayer

And with Thee, O, God,

I commune as friend with Friend”

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