I am so excited about this post because I have a gift for you! One of my favorite things to do with my structured prayer is to periodically use it for a personal prayer retreat. It is my 10 step guide for the private event. My agenda includes praise and worship music, scripture and communion along with my structured prayer journal.
Here is my gift – a video playlist!!! For your convenience, I’ve listed some of my favorite songs via YouTube videos for you to use during your personal prayer retreat. Please note that each song corresponds to the structured prayer journal I have laid out for you, and that is in my book, Organizing Your Prayer Closet. You will be able to use this while you are prayer journaling, like ALWAYS!!! Enjoy!
Praise & Thanksgiving
When we give God proper thanksgiving and praise, it invites Him to abode and abide with us. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”:
Freedom & Forgiveness:
In Jesus Christ we are always free of condemnation and forgiven of our sins. “Redeemed”:
No matter the need or what we are going through, we can always go to God in prayer. “Lord, I Need You”:
Regardless of God’s sovereign answer, let us always trust in Him. “Let it be Jesus”:
At the Right Time
God is faithful to answer our prayers at the right time, which means waiting may be necessary. “Waiting Here for You”:
As long as our heart belongs to God, our pleasures and passions will line up with His. “My Heart is Yours”:
As Ambassadors of Christ, may we contemplate on how we can contribute to His Kingdom. “Build Your Kingdom Here”:
Insight & Updates
When we allow time for God’s Spirit to help us pray, He will give us special insight and updates to our prayers. “Holy Spirit”:
Always take time to allow God to speak. “Speak to Me, Lord”:
Faith & Follow Through
When we follow-through with God’s promptings it demonstrates our love for Him. May we be fearless in His endeavors and exploits! “Oceans”:
You can host your personal prayer retreat daily, weekly, quarterly or annually. You can even implement portions of my suggestions at various times. You can take communion every Sunday night when you start a new week’s worksheet. You can use a different song every night or one with a compartment that you are really struggling in. Survey the scriptures and make note if God uses a verse to speak an answer or promise to you throughout the week.
There are so many things you can do to enhance your prayer life experience. Don’t just skip through your prayers, but stop and enjoy being in God’s Holy presence.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until my next prayer retreat! Where is my calendar???
Tomorrow, I will be sharing more from my experiences in prayer journaling.
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Award-winning author Gina Duke is a wife, mom and the Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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