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Prayer Activation Plan
Ricky Page - October 12, 2014

Message Recap

Today Pastor Ricky gave many scriptural examples of how a successful business model by Dr. Henry Cloud can also apply to the labor of prayer. The three main points of this business model are Attention, Inhibiting, and Remembering.

When you are driving, you need to focus your attention on the road, the speedometer, the other vehicles around you, your mirrors, staying in your lane, traffic signals, etc.  You also need to inhibit the things that would keep you from putting your attention where it needs to be, such as texting or talking on you phone, eating, putting on makeup, etc.  Lastly, when you get behind the wheel, you also need to remember where you are going and how you’re going to get there.

Where are you putting your attention?

If you apply this same model to prayer, it can help you to accomplish your 15-minute prayer time each day.  Remember, 15 minutes a day is only a starting point; every pro athlete begins as a rookie!

Where are you putting your attention?

1. Attention: The ability to focus on relevant stimuli and block out what is not relevant. The art of focusing on something specific.

Pastor Miles has taken us thought this acronym guide for prayer over the last few weeks.  In prayer, you can draw your attention to…

ADMIRE - Psalm 9:1
WAIT - Matthew 26
CONFESS - Psalm 51:10-11, Psalm 16:11
INTERCEDE - Matthew 5:44
PETITION - Ephesians 6:10-13, 1 Corinthians 10:13
ADMIRE - Psalm 119:164

Start your prayer life by praying through AWCIPA for 15 minutes a day.

If you have not been praying for 15 minutes a day, what is keeping you from this prayer?

2. Inhibiting: The ability to NOT do certain actions that can be distracting, irrelevant, or destructive to the desired center of attention.

In prayer, you must inhibit certain things that draw away your attention.  Below are the top five things that people have reported as getting in the way of their prayer life.  If yours are different, acknowledge what they are and write them down!

  1. FEAR - What if I don’t pray the right way?  What if I’m doing it wrong or coming to God in the wrong way?

    Pastor Ricky shared that even the spiritual “pros” do it wrong (or maybe especially the pros!)  He shared that sometimes in his own pastoral prayer group, he finds himself admiring the wording of another’s pastor’s prayer and then gets distracted, trying to ensure that his prayer is well-worded or full of meaningful scriptures.  Knowing what to say to God can be a big distraction, but we need to inhibit that fear and focus on God Himself.

    The professionals were called out by Jesus. Matthew 6:5

    Jesus provides a prayer model. Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 6:5-13
  2. DOUBT - I don’t believe He will answer.

    Imagine that you complete a job application and work on your resume, drive to the company to submit them, wait anxiously for days a response, and then get called for an interview.  After the interview, you are called for a second interview and are told they have narrowed the hiring down to you and one other candidate.  But after this phone call, you sit down and say, “I probably won’t be the one they choose. I probably just shouldn’t go.”  By now following through, now you have guaranteed that you won’t get the job!

    It’s okay to feel doubt, but you need to put it in its place and not let it keep you from praying!

    Jesus is not shocked by our doubt, but He also doesn’t let us get away with it. Mark 9:17-27

  3. PRIORITIES - I don’t have time to pray.

    Remember that some of the most powerful prayers in scripture are not very long. John 11:41-43

    Do you feel like you can’t pray because you don’t have 2 hours to devote to it? Some of the most powerful prayers in history were only a few words.  Start small; give God 15 minutes of your day.  Everyone should be able to manage that!
  4. INSECURITY God doesn’t want to hear from me.

    The Lord wants us to give Him no rest in our communication with Him. Isaiah 62:6-7

    Inhibit the insecurity that keeps you from believing that God cares about what you are saying.  God wants to heard from you and talk to you, and He never wants you to stop communicating with Him.
  5. IMPATIENCE Prayer doesn’t make a difference anyway.

    God is not controlled by time. 2 Peter 3:8

    Prayer changes things. Moses asked the Lord not to destroy the people and the Lord didn’t. Deuteronomy 9, Exodus 32

    In our fast-past society of instant gratification, we sometimes forget to be patient.  Prayer does change things – maybe not this moment or today, but eventually.  The Bible is full of changes that happed through prayer.
  6. What do you need to remember in order to have a successful prayer time?

    What do you need to remember in order to have a successful prayer time?

    3. Remembering: The ability to retain and access relevant information for reasoning, decision making, and taking future action.

    Remember Who GOD is (to whom we pray):

    God is good (Psalm 136)
    God is our refuge
    God is a consuming fire
    God is merciful
    The God of Gods
    Our sun and shield
    Light and love

    God is in love with you and sent his only Son for you.  He desires to give good gifts to His children. Matthew 7:11

    We also need to remember who we are: are broken people in need of fixing!  A recent poll revealed that 80% of American teens revealed that their biggest goal in life was becoming famous – not making a difference in social justice, finding a cure for cancer, ending starvation, or helping people, but giving themselves more glory.

    Remember who YOU are (why we pray):

    We have inherited unrest and brokenness.
    We lost peace with God. Genesis 3:8
    We lost peace with ourselves. Genesis 3:10
    We lost peace with each other. Genesis 3:12
    We lost peace with creation. Genesis 3:13-14
    We have all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
    Yet we are incredibly valuable to the Lord. Psalm 139
    He calls us friend. John 15:15
    He calls us a chosen people. 1 Peter 2:9
    He calls us a holy nation. 1 Peter 2:10
    He calls us His own. 2 Timothy 1:9
    He calls us sons and daughters. 1 John 3:1
    He calls us beloved. Psalm 139:13-18
    He calls us new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

    Pastor Ricky’s challenge this week was to not dwell on any “failures” you may have had thus far during this series on prayer.  If you have been praying at all, that is a success – God wants to be with you!

    This week, move forward and embrace the challenge of praying for 15 minutes each day.  If you have been struggling with this, apply this business model to your prayer life by giving your attention where it is needed, inhibiting the distractions that get in your way, and remembering who God is and who you are.

This Message

In this message, Pastor Ricky unveils three components to a successful prayer life: attention, inhibiting, and remembering.

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