Extended prayer retreats alone with God are both biblical and helpful in developing an intimate relationship with God. God longs to be with you. It takes time to develop an intimate relationship with God. There are no shortcuts. Try setting aside a one day a month or each quarter for prayer. Here is a simple guide for a day of prayer. You may find it helpful to go away to a solitary place. Don’t rush. The objective is to spend relaxed, uninterrupted time with God, not to go through a format. These are mere guidelines. Let God be your guide.
Find a place where you can be alone and free from distractions.
Bring your Bible, a notebook and pen, and worship music.
Begin with thanksgiving. Read Psalm 100:4
Thank Him for His patience and forgiveness.
Thank Him for the privilege of coming into His presence.
Thank Him for what He has done in and through your life in the last year.
Take time to list what He’s has done. Be specific. Think through every area of your life.
Ask God to search your heart. Psalm 139: 23, 24
Confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals. Psalm 19:12
Remember the certainty of forgiveness. 1 John 1:9
Make certain you are walking and praying in the Spirit. Ephesians 5:15-20
Become still before the Lord. Psalm 46:10
Consider who God is. Psalm 103
Praise Him for His attributes. Psalm 145
Rejoice in your fellowship with Him and that He delights in you. Proverbs 15:8
Read passages of Scripture and pray them back to God. Psalms 146 – 150
Sing to the Lord.
Take time to quite your spirit and listen. God may want to speak to you.
Pray your way around the world with unhurried, detailed intercession for others. Ask God to reveal the world to you from His point of view as you read Psalm 33.
Begin with your non-Christians, friends, relatives, neighbors and others the Lord puts on your heart.
Pray that the people who have never heard about Jesus would have an opportunity to hear and understand the gospel. 2 Peter 3:9
Pray for those in authority – federal/national, provincial/state and municipal/county government leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1,2
Pray for Christians ,using Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 1 :16-19.
• Personal Life Evaluation
Ask for understanding as you read chapters of the Bible. Record insights God gives you.
Ask God what He thinks of your life. Wait. Listen for His answer.
Evaluate the use of the time, talent, treasure, education and experience God has entrusted to you. Are they glorifying God? Do you need to change what you are doing?
Discuss with the Lord your joys, your sorrows and decisions you are facing.
Find promises and directives in the Bible which you can record.
• Concluding Your Day With God
Praise and thank God for the fellowship you had today.
Schedule the next “Day with the Lord” in your appointment book.
Share with someone about your day.