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How to Easily Squeeze An Extra 973 Hours of Prayer Into Your Life

I Tie My ShoesI know what you are thinking, “How can you possibly “EASILY” squeeze in nearly 1000 hours of prayer/”  The answer…pray every time you tie your shoes.  Believe it or not, I just read in the April issue of Success Magazine that we spend 973 hours tying our shoes in our lifetime.
 
So, if you want to give God almost 1000 extra hours of prayer, just pray every time you shod those beautiful feet of yours.  I have always been a proponent of linking prayer to daily tasks, but never realized the cumulative effect. Imagine the thousands of hours you could give God, if you prayed while doing several common tasks: 

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Benefits of Using a Prayer Model

Each Sunday for the past month I have been sharing a different prayer model with a group in our church that meets prior to Sunday School. We have been learning by doing. There is no better way to learn prayer than praying. Adopting a prayer model can be a quick and easy way to enhance your prayer life. Here are some models we have been learning and the benefits we have experienced.
 

GROUP ACTS

A month ago we had open prayer together in a circle. I prompted the flow of the prayer time verbally using the ACTS prayer model as a guiding structure. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
 

THE EXAMEN

The next week we learned an old prayer model called The Examen. It

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Powerful Prayer through Visualization


A number of years ago, I listened to a tape series about prayer by Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline. One lesson that stood out to me and made a marked difference in my prayer life was his recommendation to visualize prayer. You will experience at least four beneficial shifts when you incorporate prayer visualization into your prayer life.

First, specificity. When you take time to vividly imagine what your prayer would look like answered and lift that image with all its details upto God you tend to be far more specific in what you pray. For example, I had an extremely unruly Sunday School class of Junior High kids once. (Okay, may

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