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November 14, 2007 / Nick

How to pray at 4AM

Have you ever tried to pray at 4AM? Our church are currently on a week long devotion involving daily prayer at 4AM. It’s an awesome experience to start out the day having had such a great time of communion with God. I tell you, there aren’t many distractions at 4AM! But, you do have tiredness, here are some tips to overcome the early morning blues that can hold us back from his presence.

1. Wake up about 15 minutes before the time you have set for prayer.

2. I know you do this already, but wash your mouth out with cold water and brush your teeth. Cold water sloshed around in the mouth wakes your brain up.

3. Slash some fresh, ice cold water on your face to shake off the sleep.

4. Walk around before you pray and also as you pray too. Remember, Adam prayed with God by walking around the garden and Enoch walked with God until God took Him, so prayer walking certainly works!

5. The worst place to pray is by your bedside, flee temptation by praying in the living room or somewhere away from bed!

6. Sing. It’s 4AM your mind is not sharp yet. Singing wakes you up. Plus, singing a worshipful song from the heart is prayer in itself.

7. Read. God can start to speak to you before you open your mouth, He speaks through the Word. So, ask Him to lead you to the right passage. Read. Stop. Ponder. Read Again. Stop. Ponder. Re-read. Listen for God. He has something to share with you.

8. Enter into your prayer. Following the A-C-T-S model can help.

Adoration: “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name”

Confession: “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”

Thanksgiving: “Thine is the Kingdom & the Power & The Glory”

Supplication: “Give us this day our daily bread, lead us not into temptation, deliver us”

9. Pray until. Pray until you get a breakthrough and feel God empowering your lips to speak things that are in alignment with His will. This a bit like a plane waiting on a runway for take-off.

10. Pray in the Spirit. Needs no explaination.

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One Comment

  1. tina lewin / Nov 15 2007 1:41 pm

    That is some good advice, we always seem to think that you have to be on bended knee with eyes closed to pray, but you can walk around and this helps when reading the word to and tiredness comes over you. I know i need to do some early morning seeking, i found it si easy and rewarding when i was in maui, but scince i’ve returned i havent done it, so i’m going to start.
    thanx nick

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