Fifteen Minutes of Daily Discipline

Fifteen Minutes of Daily Discipline

Every Christian needs to integrate revival prayer into the daily walk with Christ. David Bryant suggests fifteen minutes (or more) of “daily discipline.” In this example, the fifteen minutes are divided among seven key areas:

  • Rejoice(one minute) – praise God for what He has done, is doing, and is getting ready to do in world revival.
  • Review (five minutes) – read books, magazines, other literature and most of all the scriptures to learn all you can about the nature of revival, its impact on missions and its current manifestation around the world. What is discovered during these five minutes helps create more meaning for what you do with the other ten minutes.
  • Repent (one minute) – take time each day to confess to God on your behalf, and on behalf of the whole church, the specific ways in which we are hindering world revival.
  • Resist (one minute) – target in prayer those points where Satan is attempting to undermine the life and the mission of the church, so as to diminish the potential for local and world revival.
  • Request (five minutes) – drawing from the vast reservoir of Biblical promises, intercede for full revival in the church – both your own and in other nations.
  • Recommit (one minute) – reflect on all that you have learned from the Lord and all that you have said to Him, and commit yourself back to Him to be used in answer to your prayers, whatever the cost. Also, recommit to set the pace for others to pray with you in the same direction.
  • Record (one minute) – keep a journal to record whatever you sense God has said to you as a result of the previous fourteen minutes. What new understandings has He given you of revival? What new directions has He given for prayer? What new steps of obedience has He called you to take as a result of praying? How has He encouraged you to set the pace for others? Over a period of time, this journal will provide a tremendous encouragement, not only about your praying, but about how God is working in response to your prayers.

And consider this:  If an individual Christian would commit to this fifteen minutes daily discipline for a year, he would add 90 hours of revival praying to his life.

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How to Spend 3 Hours with the Lord

How to Spend 3 Hours with the Lord

Find a place you can be alone and free from distractions

Bring your Bible, a notebook and pen, and worship music.

Thanksgiving

Begin with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4 tells us “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.”

  • 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 past year.
  • Take the time to list what God has done for you. Be specific. Think through every area of your life.

Confession

Ask God to search your heart. Psalms 139:23,24

  • Confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals. Psalms 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

Praise

Become still before the Lord. Psalms 46:10

  • Consider who the Lord is. Psalms103
  • Praise Him for His attributes. Psalms 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.

Intercession

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 Psalms 33.

  • Begin with your non-Christian friends, relatives , neighbors, and others the Lord puts on your heart.
  • Pray that people who have never heard about Jesus would have an opportunity to hear and respond .
  • Pray for those in authority – federal/national, provincial/state and municipal/county government leaders.
  • Pray for Christians, using Paul’s prayers in Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12, Ephesians 1:16-19.

“By intercessory prayer we can hold off Satan from others’ lives and give the Holy Ghost a chance with them. No wonder jesus put such a tremendous emphasis on prayer!”-Oswald Chambers

Personal Life Evaluation

Ask for understanding as you read entire chapters or a book 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 to 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.

“The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things.” – Oswald Chambers

Concluding Your Time With God

  • Praise and thank God for the fellowship you had today.
  • Schedule the next “Date with God” in your appointment book.

Share with someone about your “Three hour prayer shift.”

 

(Adapted from “How to spend a day with the Lord” by Kathryn J Kehler)

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