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THE HOUR THAT CHANGES THE WORLD THE HOUR THAT CHANGES THE WORLD In his book, The hour that changes the world, Dick Eastman suggests that one divide an hour into 12 periods of 5 minutes each. After 5 minutes you change to another form of prayer. The following is Dick Eastman's grouping. 1. Praise and Worship 2. Waiting on the Lord 3. Confession 4. Pray the Word 5. Watching 6. Intercession 7. Petitions 8. Thanksgiving 9. Song 10. Meditation 11. Listening 12. Praise The following is a summary of each of the 12 different aspects of prayer 1. Praise and Worship is an expression of admiration and devotion to God Psa 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. • Worship God for who He is: the One who created you – for His unfailing Word – for your salvation – that you are included in His purpose… • It is to exalt and honour God. • It is to acknowledge God for who He is, to exalt God with your words, your whole being and with your attitude in prayer. • Worship Him for His Name. His righteousness, love, holiness, omnipotence, greatness, faithfulness, omnipresence, His Word, His Creation, His work of redemption, etc. You may want to choose a different theme for each period of praise and worship. Expand on this theme as much as possible, meditate on it and ponder on the practical implications for your life and the lives of other people. 2. Waiting on the Lord is an act of surrender to, and of love and admiration for God, (often wordless worship) Ps. 46:11 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." • This is a time of silence before God. • Where I spiritually close the door to any influence from the world. • Where I enter into His presence by an act of faith. • It is a time to worship and praise God for who He is. • During this period of silence we tune in to God Himself and direct our whole being to Him and commit ourselves to Him anew. We rejoice in and over His presence. • This is a time of deep personal and intimate communication between God and ourselves; it is me as the limited and finite being coming into the presence of God as the unlimited and infinite Being. • We make sure at this point that we are in contact with God. This time of waiting on the Lord cannot be hurried; there is no place for impatience and haste during this time. • During this time you think of nothing but God the Father, His Son Jesus your Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit. • You need not express your thoughts in words. Concentrate on your relationship with the Lord and your love for Him. 3. Confession of sin and humiliation is an act of admitting my sinfulness to God and of cleansing me as the Temple of God, allowing me entrance into His presence. Isaiah 59: 1-2 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. • This is the time to confess my sins by name, admit that I am wrong and turn from my sins and accept God's forgiveness. • Where I ask God to cleanse me of any form of pride and lack of love. • This is a time of introspection and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal all unconfessed sins. We receive our salvation and the forgiveness of our sins solely through the blood of the Lord Jesus. On the grounds of His death on the cross. • When confessing my sins I don't ask God to change my circumstances, but that He will change and forgive me. 4. Praying Scripture is to feed myself spiritually and to pray according to God's agenda and revelation. • This is Word-enriched prayer – The Word is our prayer manual. • It is to pray God's promises to Him. God's promises in the Word create faith in our hearts. • In the first place, the Bible is a book that needs to be believed and obeyed. • During this time I ask God; "Lord, what promises can I claim for me, what commands must I obey, what warnings I must pay attention to?" • We must remind the Lord of His promises in the Word day and night. As we read the Word we must ask the Lord how to apply it in our lives and in our prayer time. _____________________________________________________ This sketch (diagram) will help you to know on which areas you have to focus in your prayer. This sketch will especially help you in the prayer periods of waiting, intercession, listening and thank

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