How to Spend a Day in Prayer

Do you need a fresh encounter with your Maker? Have you been so busy doing God's work that the flame of your love for Him has grown dim? 

"They are more ready for active labor than for humble devotion, more ready to engage in outward religious service than in the inner work of the heart. Meditation and prayer are neglected for bustle and show. Religion must begin with emptying and purifying the heart, and must be nurtured by daily prayer...There is need of fasting, humiliation, and prayer over our decaying zeal and languishing spirituality" (Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 535). 

If the above statement hits a bit too close to home, it may be time to set aside a day for a personal prayer retreat where you can spend one-on-one time alone with God. 

A personal prayer retreat doesn't have to be complicated or difficult, but it is necessary to set aside time for uninterrupted communion with our Savior. Unrushed time with God can be hard to find in our busy modern lives, but it is possible if we make it a priority. Ask God to show you when and how you can set aside a day for prayer.

How should you spend the day with God? The resources below will inspire you and help you get started. 

How to Spend a Day in Prayer - Start here. This detailed, practical guide provides a helpful framework for spending a day alone in prayer and reveals the wisdom gained through many days alone with God. 

Experiencing God - A simple prayer format for spending an hour in prayer... or a day in prayer.

ACTS Prayer Format - A straightforward outline to help structure your day of prayer.

The Sanctuary as a Model for Prayer - Spend your day amid the rich symbolism of the Old Testament Sanctuary and let its lessons guide your prayers.

The Lord's Prayer as a Model for Prayer - The Lord Himself gave us this prayer guide. 

John 17 Worksheet and Leaders Guide - Jesus' last prayer teaches us much about how to come to God in prayer. Use on your own or in a prayer group.