Prayer has always been foundational to what God is doing at ITOWN. The stories we've heard of how God has answered prayer during 21 Days of Prayer is too numerous to count.
We join together as a church, Monday through Friday, from 12-1 PM at the Olson Farms campus, The Lounge (303 W Market Street) in Bluffton, or live online. We hope you will join us and see how God can move in your life in a big way.
How do we make prayer a part of our everyday life? We can learn from three things that Jesus did…
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NIV
A CERTAIN TIME
Jesus got up very early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. In order for prayer to work, we should do the same. Make a daily appointment with God and keep it.
Ask yourself: When will I pray?
A CERTAIN PLACE
Jesus had a prayer place. Your prayer place needs to be an undistracted environment where you can pray out loud and perhaps have some worship music playing in the background.
Ask yourself: Where will I pray?
A CERTAIN PLAN
Go into your prayer time with a plan. If it changes that’s fine. When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave His disciples a prayer outline. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. This outline along with several other tools are available on the ITOWN app.
PRAYER & SCRIPTURE DEVOTIONAL
Not sure where to start in your prayer life?
This is a great prayer outline mixed with Scripture readings. Simply walk through the outline while you look up the passages of Scripture.
Thanksgiving & Praise:
Present Yourself to God
Think of a fresh reason to thank Him. (Psalm 100:4, 118:24)
- Kneeling before Him as your Lord
- Lifting your hands to Him as your Source
- Standing in praise before Him as your King
- Clapping your hands with rejoicing
- Dancing with joy as a child
- Bowing your head in humility
Confession & Cleansing:
Present Your Heart to God
Ask God to search your heart for: (Psalm 139:23-24)
- Sin – receive cleansing and righteousness
- Selfishness – receive holiness and sanctification
- Stress – receive life and power
- Sickness – receive healing and strength
Order & Obedience:
Present Your Day to God
Present the day’s details: (Psalm 37:4-5, 31:14-15; Deuteronomy 33:25)
- Choose the fear of the Lord.
- Commit your works to God.