- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
A Thinking Prayer
What Is A Thinking Prayer?
1. A thinking prayer starts with praise. The very first thing you do when you approach God, in the name of Jesus, is to praise God
2. The next step of a thinking prayer is to declare your dependence on God
3. Then your thinking prayer proceeds to becoming quiet in front of God. Take the time to calm down.
4. Now it is time to clean house. Confess everything to God.
5. Study the bible to pray and pray the bible
6. Make a commitment to do what God tells you to do.
7. Intercession, let God's Kingdom come
8. Bring your own needs to God
9. Thank God
10. Stay Alert
11. Ask for God's wisdom
12. Praise God. End where you started!
What Are The Components Of A Thinking Prayer?
A Thinking Prayer - Starts With Praising God
A thinking prayer always starts with praising God.
Read Psalm 150 as an excellent example of how one can pray and praise God:
Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD! Hallelujah!
Quote from The Message.
We always have to be aware of all the reasons we have to praise God, that is true, but we must also realize that God deserves our praise simply for whom He is! It is not always all about us, it must be about God as well, or actually about God all the time.
Never the less in this Psalm we see an example of what we can praise God for:
- His acts of power
- His magnificent greatness
Then a thinking prayer is also when and where!
- In His house of worship
- Under the open skies
How do we praise God?
- With a blast on the trumpet
- By the strumming of strings
- With castanets and dance
- With the banjo and flute
- With cymbals
- With the big bass drum
- Praise Him with fiddles
- praise Him with the mandolin
- In short with everything!
Who must praise God?
Every living and breathing creature should praise God!
I think this makes it very clear to us that a thinking prayer MUST include,as a very important part of the prayer, praising God.
In A Thinking Prayer Declare Your Dependence On God
A Thinking prayer has to have a declaration of you dependence on God.
"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
Matthew 5:3 The Message
Only when we really know how dependent we are on God can we come to God in complete humility and the recognition that all good things come only from Him.
A Thinking Prayer - Be Quiet
To pray a thinking prayer you have to become quiet in front of God. You must also become calm and peaceful in His presence to really be able to pray a thinking prayer.
I've kept my feet on the ground, I've cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother's arms, my soul is a baby content. Wait, Israel, for GOD. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!
The Message Psalm 131:2-3
If you are trying to pray with your heart in turmoil you will not be calm enough to concentrate on a thinking prayer and true communication with God. Calm yourself first, Become quiet and you will hear God's voice.
A Thinking Prayer - Confession
Now, in your thinking prayer, you move on to confession. It does not only mean confessing all your sins, but also your total dependence on God. Here you have to become aware of God's grace and that only He can keep you, with the Holy Spirit, in a state of grace where all your sins are forgiven for good.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Mat 6:12 The Message
A Thinking Prayer Can Include Scripture
As part of a thinking prayer you can pray scripture. Especially the Psalms are very suitable to use as a prayer. When you really need God and you really need the Holy Spirit to pray for you, praying scripture can be a very good choice.
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
Romans 8:26The Message
In A Thinking Prayer Commit To Obey
If you want your thinking prayer to have any power you have to start out with the firm intention to obey. If God tells you what you have to do during your prayer, you must obey.
Knowing the correct password--saying 'Master, Master,' for instance--isn't going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience--doing what my Father wills.
Matthew 7:21 The Message
So, you have to listen to God's voice while you are praying so that you can know what it is you have to do. The Holy Spirit can greatly help you in this.
Intercession As Part Of Your Thinking Prayer
A thinking prayer is not only about yourself. Intercession is a vital part of a thinking prayer. A thinking prayer has to be about God's Kingdom.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Luke 11:2 King James
So he said, "When you pray, say, Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right.
Luke 11:2 The Message
Keep in mind, in the end a thinking prayer is all about God and His Kingdom.
Thinking Prayer - Your Needs
As part of your thinking prayer you must bring all your needs to God. He is the sole providr of all our needs.
Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.
Matthew 7:7 The Message
You lust for what you don't have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn't yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it. You wouldn't think of just asking God for it, would you?
James 4:2 The Message
God can provide so much more than we can ever think, so we can really go to God with all our needs, however petty they may seem to us.
Thinking Prayer - Thank God
As part of our thinking prayer, thanking God is very important. Keep track of your prayers and remember to thank God for prayers He answered, even if the answer was NO!
Jesus said, "Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?"
I think many of us forget to thank God and praise His name for all the prayers He has answered.
Thinking Prayer - Stay Alert
The Devil will try to draw your attention away from your thinking prayer. So, you have to be alert while you are praying. Do not let Satan take hold of your thoughts while you are praying. Focus all your thought on God and stay alert.
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.
1Peter 5:8 The Message
Thinking Prayer - God I Need Wisdom
We all need wisdom from God. As part of your thinking prayer you must ask God for this wisdom. Without God's wisdom we will fall pray to Satan. Without God's wisdom we do not know what to pray, We need to do everything by the authority that comes from God alone. God has to show us the way else we will get lost.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest.
Matthew 11:28 The Message
Thinking Prayer - Praise God Again
At the end of your thinking prayer you have to praise God once again. praise God for hearing your prayer. Praise God for what He has done. Praise God for what He is going to do!
God can do anything, you know--far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Ephesians 3:20-21 The Message