Simple but Profound Ways to Pray

As advertised, this page is full of some simple yet profound ways to pray. Please check out the links below.
 
A Prayer Of Putting On The Armor Of God:
This is something I highly recommend you pray as you begin your day. You are in a battle my friend, you must arm yourself!
 
The ACTS prayer:
This is the most commonly taught and used form of prayer, but it really is amazing!
 
Breathing prayer:
This is an ancient form of prayer that is quite simple and yet very profound. I use this as a daily meditative practice that has really helped me be reminded of God’s love and combat anxiety.
 
A simple but profound prayer of confession:
This prayer of confession is something you can pray during your ACTS prayer. Take some time with it. Read and consider each line. It’s pretty huge!
Gracious Lord, I confess that I have dishonored you in my words, thoughts and deeds. Depending on my strength, I stumble. Glorying in my own righteousness, I reject you. Turning my face from you, I desire the things of this world to satisfy me. I pray now, Lord, for you to forgive all of my many sins; to cleanse the darkness from my life, and to turn my face and my heart back towards you. I pray these things in the name of your most precious son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
 
Take a moment to confess your sins knowing that He hears you
 
Not sure what to pray?
Here is a link for some short prayers you can pray in different situations
 
My hope is that this takes a little bit of the mystery out of the technique of prayer. Simply put, prayer is a conversation with God, and it’s not meant to be overly complicated, however, in its simplicity, it can be quite profound. We may take the mystery out of the technique of prayer, but we cannot take the mystery out of prayer itself. It is super powerful and beautiful!
I hope you enjoy these forms of prayer!
Pastor Ryan


Inspiring Quotes About Prayer

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays”- Soren Kierkegaard
Interested in seeing more quotes on prayer?
 

Here are a few links to compilations of quotes on the power and importance of prayer:

 
 
Quotes of E.M Bounds on prayer
 
 
 


Alyssa’s Daily Prayer

Here are some tools, links and books about prayer that have been very powerful in my life, and still are.
 
Prayers of Intention: This is a prayer that I would do first thing in the morning, starting my day. I would also return to it during the day to remind myself to be intentional in my soul, to go to God and not other things during the day. The link and content was written from the head professor of my Master’s program at Talbot. The prayer of intention can take a small amount of time, or can take a long time, it just depends on how much you want to devote to it or how much time you have for it. But whatever time you give, it will be meaningful.
 
Prayer of Recollection: This historical, guided prayer was written to help us as believers put away the falsehood found in our human strength and awaken our true identity in union with Christ. The prayer is presented in 5 parts.
This link is a more modern and perhaps easier to understand version.
This link is written from the head professor of my Master’s program.
This is a Spiritual Director I had who writes books and speaks. He has great tools for prayers and other things.
 
Praying the Hours: This originated from the Catholics, however, you are not praying to Mary or any idols. You are praying to the Lord and through scripture. This is an awesome tool to pray during specific times during the day: 6 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM and then bedtime. You are provided with prayers, Psalms and scripture to pray through. And it doesn’t take long.
 
The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle is a book I walk through every morning. I should also throughout the day, but I get busy. They are published versions of the “praying the hours.” There are 3 books that walk you through summertime, springtime and autumn/wintertime.
 
Lectio Divina: Translated literally, means divine reading. Select a passage of scripture, a small passage. Find a quiet place to sit. Engage in the prayer which is relaxing and rather easy.
     1. Select a passage from one of the Gospels in which Jesus is interacting with others.
     2. Think about what you are doing, engaging with the Word of God and what you desire from this encounter. God is present and because God is present you will rely on God.
     3. Read the Gospel passage twice so that the story and the details of the story become familiar.
     4. Close your eyes and reconstruct the scene in your imagination. See what is going on and watch the men and women in the scene. What does Jesus look like? How do the others react to him? What are the people saying to one another? What emotions fill their words? Is Jesus touching someone? As you enter into the scene, sometimes there is the desire to be there. You can replace yourself with a person in the scene, perhaps an observer, someone lining up for healing, or as someone helping others to Jesus.
     5. Some peoples’ imaginations are very active so they construct a movie-like scenario with a Gospel passage. Others will enter the scene with verbal imagination, reflecting on the scene and mulling over the actions. Vividness is not a criteria for the effectiveness of this kind of prayer. Engagement is and the result is a more interior knowledge of Jesus.
     6. As you finish this time of prayer, you should take a moment to speak person to person with Christ saying what comes from the heart.
 
 
BOOKS:
Clinging: An Experience of Prayer by Emilie Griffin is a favorite, and she is one of my favorite authors. This book is honest. It digs in deep into your heart. Just an overall great book!
 
Disciplines of the Inner Life by Bob Benson is the book that started it all in my heart for prayer. I can’t believe I googled it and found it! This is seriously my favorite book on prayer and devotional book.
 
I pray  this helps provide concrete ways to pray through scripture and to draw you to listen and converse with the Lord as you give him your heart.
-Aly


Praying Through the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Welcome to an in depth exploration of The Lord’s Prayer. In many ways Jesus was not merely teaching a set of words we are to routinely pray over and over again but more an approach to prayer. What’s so powerful about The Lord’s Prayer is how it aligns our hearts with what is true and grounds us in reality. So often we can get sidetracked when praying or find ourselves praying about things that are not the most important. This prayer brings us back to what is truly most crucial for us to pray. What I did was break down this prayer into steps so you could take some time to pray through this.

 

1) Focus upon the Lord Jesus Christ

It is Jesus’ work on Calvary that gives a person their new identity and standing before God. Jesus makes it possible for us to come to God in Confidence. Take a few moments to reflect on His greatness and that He is present in this place.

 

 

2) Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be Your name

Begin to praise and hallow God the Father for who He is, what He is like, and the things He does

 

Names of God

Yahweh Jireh- The Lord Provider                Yahweh M’Kadesh- The Lord Who Sanctifies

Yahweh Rophe- The Lord Who Heals           Yahweh Shalom-  The Lord Is My Peace

Yahweh Rohi- The Lord Is My Shepherd      Yahweh Hissi-  The Lord Is My Banner

Yahweh Shammah- The Lord Is There

 

Nature and Attributes of God

Holy                            Omniscient

Just                             Benevolent

True                            Omnipotent

Patient                        Omnipresent

Faithful                        Gracious

Righteous                  Sovereign

Loving                                    Infinite

Eternal                        Compassionate

Merciful

 

 

The Works of God

My Redeemer                      My Stronghold

My Creator                            My Loving Father

My Resting Place                 My Light Upon The Path

My Refuge                            My Strong Tower

My Hiding Place                    My Mighty Warrior

My Healer                              My Shelter In A Time Of Storm

My Deliverer                         My Rock To Stand Upon

My Shield                              My Provider

 

 

3) May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven

Pray that God establish His Kingdom work and will. You, the believer, must say, “Yes” to what God is doing and wants to do in and through your life. That includes the act of surrender to His sovereign work, even through a wilderness or desert experience. Take time to pray for God’s will to be done.

 

4) Give us this day our daily bread

Pray to God regarding your daily needs. Jesus and Paul both taught about living life one day at a time. This is a time for prayer about the Lord meeting your needs of food, finances, and health. You can pray about the church’s needs as well. It is also clear that there is more that you need from him than just physical needs: you need Him to be your peace, to be your joy, to work and develop His fruit in your life. You need Him moment-by-moment, day by day, hour by hour. You can also pray for others’ needs here, as well.

 

5) And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

Reflect upon the broken and destructive mindsets and choices in your life. Forgiveness in the Bible, for you as a believer, is about more than revealing something hidden. It is acknowledging the truth to God and you. Acknowledge before the Lord the destructive sin in your behaviors, in your thoughts and acknowledge your need for His forgiveness and cleansing. Then think upon someone you may need to forgive. In this case, forgiveness is not to seek revenge you deserve, or think you deserve, but rather to wish the blessings of God upon them.

 

6) And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

Take Ephesians Chapter 6 and pray through the Armor of God.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

 

Consider the armor and then ask for the Lord to clothe you in this armor. Ask for the Lord’s cleansing and strength.

 

7) For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Close the prayer remembering He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.



Pastor Ryan’s 10 Favorite Books on Prayer

Here is a list of the 10 most influential and powerful books I’ve read on prayer. I included some comments on each book along with the Amazon link.

1. Moving Mountains by John Eldredge

This is a profound book on not just how to pray but how we are to look at prayer. John uses a very accessible way of writing and has at the back of the book a very powerful “daily prayer” you can use in your own life.

 

2) Whisper by Mark Batterson

What makes this book powerful is that it looks at the ways God speaks to us. When we know this we are more likely to hear Him in these arenas. This book deeply challenges the assumption that God wants to speak to us today. Actually, all the books I list here do… Hahaha!

 

3) Hearing God by Dallas Willard

This book is a brain full! Seriously. Anything Willard writes is deeply thoughtful and can be a bit of work to get through. I’m just being honest here. BUT- if you are willing to really do the work.. oh boy, there’s some real gold here.

 

4) Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster

This book is a modern classic on the subject of prayer!

 

5) Practicing His Presence by Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach

This is a tiny book that has DEEPLY influenced my thinking on prayer. It’s a mash-up of two different books. IT IS WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!

 

6) The PAPA Prayer by Larry Crabb

This is a great book on a really powerful approach to prayer. I gave you a synopsis of it in one of the articles on our prayer resources page but if you wish to go deeper, this book is where to go!

 

7) Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton

This book is about spiritual transformation and disciplines. Prayer in one chapter in this book, but it is a very good and profound chapter. The whole book is a great read!

 

8) Daily Office by Peter Scazzero

This is a short little book on praying at intentional times during the day to help you practice God’s presence. He also has some wonderful thoughts on prayer.

 

9) Prayer is Invading the Impossible by Jack Hayford.

A dear friend of mine gave me this book years ago. It is full of really amazing teaching on prayer! It’s also very short but don’t let its size fool you- this is a seriously power book on prayer!

 

10) How to Pray by RA Torrey

This is the oldest book on the list, written by a man who’s thinking has profoundly influenced me and the college I come from, BIOLA University. RA Torrey was a deep lover and friend of God- a biblical scholar, theologian, and spirit-filled minister. He was a man of deep prayer, and thus arrived at some very deep wisdom. This book has a lot to teach!

 

There you have it! There are tons of books out there but each of these books has a lots to share and are pretty easily read-able. I invite you to pick up a book on this list, read it, and then apply what you learn to your life of prayer. You will be blessed!!! If you’re not a reader, please keep in mind that some of these books can be listened to audibly. It’s worth your time! Give them a shot!

 

Pastor Ryan



Pastor Ryan’s 5 Favorite Bible Reading Plans

Have you wondered how and where to get started reading the Bible? 

“Do I just pick up the book and start reading? How do I do this?”

Well, you most certainly can pick up the Bible and just begin reading. If you are reading the Bible for the first time I suggest you begin with either the Book of Mark or the Book of John. These two books teach about Jesus and they both move pretty quickly. Below are links to several resources on Bible reading plans that will help you get started reading the Bible right away!

1) YouVersion: YouVersion is an app you can use on your phone! It is my daughter’s favorite Bible reading app, by the way. It has a bunch of different Bible studies on it arranged by theme. You can easily find a Bible reading plan here! And it’s free!!
 
 
2) Redeemer Formation DevotionalThis is my current go to. I read this most everyday. It is Bible reading with some prayers you can read as well! And this one is also free!
 
 
3) The Bible GatewayThis is an online resource that has numerous Bible reading plans for you. They have plans that will get you reading through the entire Bible in 6 mont or a year, or get you through the gospels in 40 days. They also have a ton of other stuff as well, they are a huge online resource and also free.
 
4) Ligonier Ministries: Another great site with online resources for you to use.
 
 
5) A Daily Bible: If you want a physical Bible in your hands to read, this rendition will take you through the entire Bible in chronological order in one year. Personally, I read this Bible every two years.
 
 

This should get you started with some Bible reading plans. May God bless you as you read his words!

Pastor Ryan



Pastor Ryan’s Favorite Places to Hear Scripture

I’m a firm believer in the value of hearing scripture.  

I heard a preacher I greatly respect tell me we need to saturate our minds with scripture. By this, he means we need to fill our lives with it!
And hearing scripture is a great way to do this.
Here are some of my favorite places to hear scripture:
 
1) Music
There are really wonderful worship bands out there that write scripture filled songs. Sometimes I’ll listen to a song and wonder, where in the Bible did they get that from? You will be pretty amazed at where this may lead you.  
 
2) I listen to other preachers
Some of my favorites:
    Timothy Keller: https://gospelinlife.com/
    John Eldredge: ransomedheart.com
 
There are many other preachers and teachers out there on YouTube, and some even have their own podcasts. Getting the Bible heard is a great place to get started in growing with the Bible!