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A Path of Prayer

Lori Wagner

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).

F: FUEL your prayers with FAITH knowing God wants you to pray. He’s expecting you. Pray believing in the object of your faith—the Lord Jesus Christ who can and will answer prayer that is consistent with His Word. He is faithful and not limited by any circumstance.

  • “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).
  • “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
  • “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:21–22).

G: GIVE GOD GLORY for who He is and all He’s done—for every promise. Take a praise break and give thanks to the Lord.

  • “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake” (Psalm 115:1).
  • “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
  • “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

H: HEAR His voice. Stop and listen to His personal words to you, the impressions in your spirit.

  • “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4–5).
  • “LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear” (Psalm 10:17).
  • “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

I: INVOKE the name of Jesus! His power and authority! Proclaim what the name of Jesus means in the Word and to you personally. Speak it out. Fortify your mind in the strong tower of His name.

  • “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13–14).
  • “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:9–10).
  • “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

J: JUDGE yourself. Make a self-examination and ask God to help you discern where you are in your spiritual walk. You are in training. Allow God to judge your heart and point out what needs correction or development.

  • “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged” (1 Corinthians 11:31).
  • “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:7).
  • “First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5).

K: KNOCK. Jesus is your friend, and He has abundant resources. He invited you to ask, seek, and knock until you touch Him—until you feel the door open and a connection made. Be persistent in prayer.

  • “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:8).
  • “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2–3).
  • “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me” (Psalm 27:7).
  • “And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God (Acts 10:4).

L: LEAP for joy! For your great reward (the presence of God) is with you. LEAP because when you build and altar with a repentant heart and call upon His name, He will come.

  • “And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD” (2 Samuel 6:16).
  • “And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces” (Leviticus 9:24).
  • “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:12).

M: MEDITATE on God: His Word, His ways, His gifts and callings in your life. Ask the Lord to lead your thoughts and give you the mind of Christ—to instill His words in your spirit. Harmonize your thoughts with His. Agree with His written Word as well as the personal words you have received through trusted men and women of God and directly from His Spirit.

  • “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
  • “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all” (1 Timothy 4:13–15).
  • “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

N: NOTE the people and situations God brought to your attention in your time of prayer. Refer to any notes you have made of previous prayer requests. Also NOTE anything pertinent that came to you in your time of meditation that you want to remember or cover with prayer.

  • “Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee” (Jeremiah 30:2).
  • “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it” (Habakkuk 2:2).
  •  “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

O: OFFER prayers of intercession for the unsaved, backslid, and struggling. See yourself at the altar of incense and lift your supplications as a fragrant offering smoldering on holy embers before the throne of God.

  • “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18).
  • “Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission. Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven” (Lamentations 3:48–50).
  • “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved” (Romans 10:1).

P: PRAY in the Spirit. Let God’s Spirit help you pray as He prays through you to pinpoint specific needs for revival, conviction, and divine intervention. Step in the gap for others. Pull down strongholds and war in the Spirit to dethrone spiritual wickedness.

  • “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
  • “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2).
  • “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

Q: QUERY God. Ask for His instructions on how to pray further. Ask for His strategies for yourself and others as you participate in His plans and His will. QUOTE Scripture that agrees with what you’ve received in prayer and meditation.

  • “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9).
  • “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia . . . a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go” (Acts 16:6–10).
  • “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

R: REST in the peace of God knowing He has heard. He cares. He is able. He is willing.

  • “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:14).
  • “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
  • “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:2–3).

S: SATISFY yourself in Him. See yourself in the Holy Chamber of God. Feel His presence and glory.

  • “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple” (Psalm 65:4).
  • “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9).
  • “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

T: TURN your eyes upon Jesus, your Bridegroom. He is the lover of your soul—full of affection and passion for you. Revel in Him in the pavilion of His presence.

  • “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts. My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God” (Psalm 84:1–2).
  • “His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem” (Song of Solomon 5:16).
  • “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55).

U: UNCOVER yourself before the Lord and grant Him all access—withholding nothing. He knows every part of you and loves you. Give yourself to Him and receive the weight of His glory upon you.

  • “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).
  • “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
  • “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 5:8).

V: VENTURE where you’ve not gone before. Ask God to lead you into a deeper prayer experience with Him—richer, broader, more mature.

  • “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
  • “I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them” (Isaiah 48:6).
  • “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19).

W: WORSHIP. Go beyond praise that takes you to God, and give Him worship that draws Him to you. Seal your prayer time with worship.

  • “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name” (Luke 1:46–49).
  • “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:1–3).
  • “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29).

X: EXTOL the one who lifted you. EXALT the Lord your God.

  • “I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me” (Psalm 30:1).
  • “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him” (Psalm 68:4).
  • “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted” (Psalm 18:46).

Y: YIELD. Surrender all of yourself to God, consecrated by Him to be a servant of righteousness.

  • “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:13).
  • “For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day” (Exodus 32:29).
  • “I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness” (Romans 6:19).

Z: ZEALOUSLY apply and pursue all God has shared with you in prayer that you might be a channel of His love and influence in your world.

  • “And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God” (Numbers 25:13).
  • “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14).
  • “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).
  • “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (Mark 16:20).