The Renewal Task Force of Eastern Ontario recently sponsored a Day of Prayer which included a workshop dealing with praying with youth entitled "www.prayer.com". This was led by Fritz Clarke, part-time youth worker at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. Fritz is also volunteer pastoral counselor at Algonquin College, and works part-time with Christian Horizons which provides homes for the handicapped. He received his BTh from Eastern Ontario Pentecostal Bible College and shares with us his workshop notes which can be used to instruct people in covering the basic steps to prayer.
Adoration (1 Chronicles 29:11)
- Purest kind of prayer, it's all for God
- You don't barge into the presence of God
- Tell the Lord you love him
- Reflect on His greatness, His power, majesty, and royalty
Confession (1 John 1:9)
- Having taken part in the purest kind of prayer
- You wish to confess sins
- Confession comes from the root word meaning "to agree together with"
- Something happened, "we try to cover up," strong language
- If I have iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Ps. 66:18)
Thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:20)
- Express your gratitude to God
- Think of several things to thank God for — family, business, church
- Thank him even for hardships (In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you [1 Thess. 5:18])
Supplication (Matthew 7:7)
- To ask for humbly, make your petition known to him
- Ask for others — missionaries, friends
(Revised from various sources)
Thou shalt be,
Pray secretly within thyself
If thou shalt be far from a house
Of prayer, give not thyself trouble
To seek for one, for thou thyself art a
Sanctuary designed for prayer.
If thou shalt be in bed, or in any other
Place, pray there; thy temple is there.
Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1053)