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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Dear Colleagues,

HERES A GUIDE ON HOW TO START YOUR DAY WITH PRAYER 1

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Confession:  Begin by confessing specific sins to God: But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. (I Jn. 1:9 NLT)

  Thank God for His provision for forgiveness.  (I Jn. 2:1)

  Ask God to search your heart for hidden sins.  (Psa. 139:23,23)

  Tell Him how you feel about the sin.  (2 Cor. 7:10)

  Thank Him for relational restoration. (Psa. 32:1,2)

Adoration/Affirmation:  Continue by expressing your adoration or praise to God: Shout with joy to the Lord, O earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.  (Psa. 100:1,2 NLT)

  Praise Him for His nature: His holiness (Rev. 15:4), His love (1 Jn. 4:8), His Mercy (Ex. 33:19), etc.

  Praise Him for His works: in creation and salvation (Gen. 1; Lk. 19:10). 

  Praise Him for His names: Lamb of God, Wonderful Counselor (Jn. 1:29; Isa. 9:6), etc.

  Affirm to Him that you are in a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:10-20)

  Affirm to Him that you are dependent on Him (2 Cor. 3:4-6).

  Affirm to Him your desire to possess an eternal perspective (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

Supplication:  Next, present your needs and desires to God, and make your requests: "Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You parentsif your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? (Matt. 7:7-9 NLT)

  Pray for: Yourself

  Your family and extended family

   Your friends

   Your co-workers

   Your finances

   Your spiritual leaders

   Your government leaders

Thanksgiving: Finish by thanking God for the things which He has done or is doing in your life: No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:18 NLT)

  Thank Him for: Your salvation

   His provision and protection in your past

   Significant people

   Special opportunities

   Material blessings

   The trials you are experiencing

   Your future

1 Adapted from Foundations, page 67, Search Ministries, 5038 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042, 1991

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