I had the privilege of leading a class on prayer for Gateway Seminary last week and was reminded of my favorite prayer resource. It was inspired by the Navigator's prayer wheel that provided a tool for spending an hour in prayer. Through the years I've adapted that wheel and come up with this: (Please feel free to adapt, copy, share, share, share!)
Spending an hour in prayer is easier when you break it down into 5-minute segments. Here are 12 five-minute segments with Scripture guides. Read the Scripture and do the activity (praise, watching, confession, etc.) for the entire five minutes. Move on to the next activity when five minutes are done.
1st 5 minutes: Praise God for His Attributes.
2nd 5 minutes: Wait in silence.
3rd 5 minutes: Confess your faults.
4th 5 minutes: Pray Scripture.
5th 5 minutes: Watch.
6th 5 minutes: Intercession (praying for others)
7th 5 minutes: Petition (personal needs)
8th 5 minutes: Thanksgiving
9th 5 minutes: Singing
10th 5 minutes: Meditate on Scripture
11th 5 minutes: Listen for instruction
12th 5 minutes: Praise God for the experience of your time together
It’s as simple as that! An entire hour spent in prayer. At first it might seem regimented and disciplined but as you grow in your experience of prayer you will forget the 5-minute limits and move from one thing to the next. You might camp out longer in thanksgiving or meditating, God will bless your efforts and reward you with spiritual wisdom and insight.
I'm using this hour in prayer throughout the summer to get into the daily practice of spending an hour in prayer and then, I'm going to invite my prayer clinic team members to join me! After that we are going to challenge our staff and leaders to join us until we have hundreds of people in our church spending an HOUR in prayer daily! Just think of what God will do with that!
Let's get our people praying!