June 5: Praying 15 minutes a day – Yield!

We’re continuing to glean some highlights from Evangelist Steve Pettit’s free booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day, based on an easy-to-remember acrostic:

So much of prayer is pursuing the will of God. If God has a purpose, He must have a plan. That truth should be foremost in our minds, so when we pray, we’re not trying to get our will done in heaven but God’s will done on earth. Jesus said to pray in the following way: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9– 10). We need to direct our prayers toward God’s will. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14). Jesus declared, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find” (Matt. 7:7).

God expects us to pursue Him, and He reveals His will to those who are looking for it. Consequently, a great deal of prayer is yielding to God’s sovereign plan for our lives. We must be willing to yield at least two areas of our lives to God through prayer.

We Yield to God When We Don’t Know What to Do

A seventeen-year-old young man is about to graduate from high school. What will he do next year? His decision will affect 32 the direction of his entire life. He must pursue and seek God’s direction and will. A few years later, the same fellow wants to get married. Next to getting saved, marriage is the most important decision of your life. You’ll live with Jesus for eternity, but you’ll live with your spouse for the rest of your life. So what must he do? He seeks God’s direction to find His will in marriage. We have to yield to God to find out what to do. This truth is particularly true when we face struggles and burdens. We have a desperate need for relief, yet we can’t just give up and quit.

Continue to read this chapter in the free booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day!

June 4: Praying 15 Minutes a day – Ask!

We’re continuing to glean some highlights from Evangelist Steve Pettit’s free booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day:

Learning to play the guitar can be a lot of fun. One of the first things you learn is how to finger three chords—G, C, and D. These are fundamental chords. After learning these chords, you can experience hours of music enjoyment. Are you struggling with prayer because you’ve never learned the basics of making requests to God? Matthew 21:22 establishes the three foundational chords of prayer.

Chord #1—Pray with Desire

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer” (Matt. 21:22). The word ask means to crave or desire something. You’re asking for something, which presupposes a desire. Never underestimate the importance of your desires when you pray. “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of 23 him” (1 John 5:14–15). “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Ps. 37:4).

Continue to read this chapter in the free booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day!

June 3: Praying 15 minutes a day: Repent!

We’re on day 2 of highlighting Evangelist Steve Pettit’s free booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day. He uses the acrostic PRAY: Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield as a way to help believers learn how to pray.

Of the seven local churches to whom the apostle John wrote in the book of Revelation, five he condemned and called to repentance because they had committed sins that grieved God and quenched the Holy Spirit. Interestingly, the two churches commended by the Lord were either persecuted or poor—descriptions that are certainly not distinguishing characteristics of most American churches today.

What is the real struggle among God’s people today? I believe it’s our failure to deal thoroughly with sin. The fundamental problem is not lack of evangelism (though we need more of that), but lack of holy living. Christians need spiritual revival, which is always preceded by repentance. David wrote in Psalm 51:9–10, “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Neglect of confession leads to broken fellowship with God, eventual chastisement, and the possibility of a ruined testimony or a loss of one’s life. If bills are not paid immediately, the interest may kill you! Don’t let your sin account go unconfessed. How do we confess sin?

Forgive as Often as You Want to Be Forgiven!

This is continued in his free booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day.

June 2: Struggling with the Hour of Prayer? Start with 15 min

We’ve been looking at the Hour of Prayer as a way to pray intently – realizing our focus is God. We’ll return to the hour of prayer, but before we do – instead of encouraging, the concept of an hour of prayer may be discouraging. Often times we get discouraged because while the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).

Our Father wants to hear from us – while He would love to spend an hour with us, 15 minutes is better than nothing, and is a great way to begin building your prayer time.

Evangelist Steve Pettit has put together a book available for free download, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day.

He uses a simple to remember acrostic, PRAY:

  • Praise
  • Repent
  • Ask
  • Yield

Let’s look at what he says about prayer:

Praise is a commandment. Psalm 150:6 says, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Of all commandments in the Bible, the one most frequently mentioned is to praise the Lord. Psalm 100:4 commands us to “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.” If you are not habitually praising God, you are living in disobedience.

Praise is also one of the ways you can offer sacrifices to God. In Old Testament days, the priesthood was comprised of males from Israel’s tribe of Levi. Their responsibilities revolved around the temple and its worship structure. While most of the men of Israel were busy farming the land, the Levites studied in preparation for their service in the temple of God. A considerable part of their education was learning how to make offerings to God. The first nine chapters of Leviticus deal with the various types of offerings: burnt, meal, peace, sin, and trespass.

The New Testament lists three spiritual sacrifices….Third is the sacrifice of one’s mouth. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Heb. 13:15). Prayer is one of the means by which we offer this sacrifice unto God.

Steve Pettit, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day

Read more in the free e-booklet, How to Pray 15 Minutes a Day.