In Don Ross' book, Turnaround Pastor, he had a chapter that spoke of the power of prayer in the life of, not only the pastor but of the church as well. For years, I have been on a journey to have a dynamic prayer life and have always desired to help our church discover the same for their lives. In Ross' book, he gives a pattern for prayer. Not a formula but a plan that will help people keep focused on the different aspects of prayer.
I have noticed through my 20 years of pastoring that people have a difficult time praying at length. Not because of a lack of desire, as much as it is from a lack of know how. How do I pray for an hour, thirty minutes or even ten minutes?
This 10 minute prayer plan is broken down to go through these 10 points and spend a minute each on them. Once you have prayed for 10 minutes, if you want to increase, spend two minutes a point. By increasing the amount of time per point, you have increased your over all prayer time.
We should never be afraid of using a plan when we pray, however, we should also allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. If He wants us to spend more time on one part or even skip another, there is freedom to do so.
Here is Don Ross' plan for prayer:
10 Minute Prayer Plan
Adapted from Don Ross
1. PRAISE: How can I praise God my Father?
Psalm 100:4, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” NLT
2. REPENT: Is the Spirit convicting me of sin?
Psalm 51:3-4, “For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.” NLT
3. ASK: What “Big Thing” am I asking for?
Matthew 7:7-8, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” NLT
The Big Thing _________________________________________________________
4. YIELD: Am I regularly obeying the Spirit?
John 14:15, “you love me, obey my commandments.” NLT
5. EXAMPLE: Father, make me an example others can follow. How can I be a better example?
1 Corinthians 11:1, “ And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” NLT
6. RELATIONSHIPS: How can I love others in my relationships? My marriage, children, friends, neighbors, etc.
John 13:34-35, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” NLT
7. THREE: Who are three people the Spirit is asking me to pray for and invite to Rogers First Assembly?
Colossians 4:5, “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.” NLT
8. EYES AND EARS: Pray that each person has a soft heart so their eyes and ears are open to the gospel.
Matthew 13:14-15, “This fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah that says, ‘When you hear what I say,
you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend. 15 For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes--
so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.’” NLT
9. ATTITUDE: How does my attitude need to change to be more like Jesus’ attitude?
Philippians 2:5, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” NLT
10. MISSION: How is God asking me to move our church mission forward by praying, serving and loving others?
Matthew 16:18, “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” NLT