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Four Step Prayer Model

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A simple routine for connecting with God daily, weekly, or monthly. Journaling your responses is especially helpful.

Step 1 Gratitude

This step reminds us of God’s love and goodness. Spend a few minutes thanking Jesus for the good things he gives you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:19-20

Step 2 Confession

This step removes obstacles between us and God. Spend a few minutes asking Jesus to show you anything in your life that he is calling you to remove. Psalm 139:23-24, 1 Corinthians 11:28, 1 John 1:9, James 5:16

Step 3 Meditation

This step helps us hear the voice of Jesus through His written word. Spend a few minutes reading and reflecting on Scripture, writing down anything Jesus illuminates. See Reading Plans for ways to establish a routine. Psalm 1:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Step 4 Discernment

In this step we seek wisdom and input from God on specific life situations. Spend a few minutes asking for specific direction and insight about your day, decisions, or circumstances. Ephesians 5:8-10, James 1:5

Adapted from The Voice of Jesus, Gordon Smith p.167-169

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