The following is a suggested prayer structure. You can pick and choose which sections you would like to do. You can spend longer on the sections that are meaningful for you, but leave out others as time permits. Alternatively, feel free to do each one, which should take approximately 2½ or 5 minutes depending on whether you are praying for a total of 30 or 60 minutes. We do recommend that everyone do sections 6 and 7 each day (Praying Scripture and Intercession: Naturally Supernatural) as these form the main theme for the week’s prayer. You are also welcome to add any other prayer points you would like – let’s pray!
1. Praise and Worship
Spend some time praising God. Use songs, listen to music, speak out words of praise. You can find some worship songs to sing, or reflect upon by clicking here.
2. Pray in tongues
If you have the gift of tongues, use this now and allow the Holy Spirit to build you up (1 Corinthians 14:4). If you haven’t yet received this gift, you can spend a few minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you this gift, or alternatively seek God’s blessing for your time of prayer.
3. Waiting on the Lord
Take some time to still your thoughts and sit before the Lord in silence. Ask him to reveal to you anything that is coming between you and Him.
Confess anything that comes to mind. This will enable you to pray without anything coming between you and God. If God highlights anyone He wants you to forgive, muster up the courage and strength to forgive them from your heart (Mark 11:25).
5. Personal intercession
Pray for the following:
- God strengthens your relationship with Him, and He refreshes your confidence in His love for you as your Heavenly Father
- You would love yourself as a child of God, free, forgiven and without condemnation (Romans 8:1).
- You would love others as Jesus loves them, and you would boldly serve others in love as God gives you opportunity to do so.
- You experience God’s inexpressible joy and peace (1 Peter 1:8 and Romans 15:13): we all need these!
- Any specific points that you need today.
6. Praying Scripture
Read today’s passage, from 1 Corinthians 12
 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
The diversity of the church is one powerful manifestation of the purposes and nature of God. It’s so reassuring that each one of us has a vital and unique role to play in extending God’s kingdom and glorifying Jesus. We are all needed, and yet we also need one another. Paul outlines so many gifts that the Holy Spirit wishes to bestow upon us: faith, knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation.
Which gifts do you wish to receive for the first time? Alternatively, which gifts do you wish the Holy Spirit to strengthen or reinforce, or even to restore in you personally? Name them and ask Him to give you good gifts.
7. Intercession: Naturally Supernatural
- for you to receive supernatural spiritual gifts that powerfully change you and bless others
- the church would have all the gifts the Apostle Paul outlines in the passage above: specifically name the ones that you feel strongly about and cry out for God to pour them out lavishly on the church
- the church would be strengthened and united as it displays and practises the supernatural gifts Paul identifies.
- For supernatural faith to rise up in us: we would be people that trust God’s character and desire to move powerfully.
- For gifts of healing, miracles, prophecy and discernment to be commonplace when we meet in small groups, on Sunday mornings, in our youth and children’s groups.
- Pray that God would move powerfully on our children and young people and give them supernatural spiritual gifts.
- If you don’t have the gifts of tongues, ask the Holy Spirit for this glorious gift right now.
Write down 5 things you can thank God for. Consider each one in turn. Thank Him again. If you have time, think of another 5 things and thank Him again!
9. Intercession for others
Identify three people on your BLESS list (a BLESS list is a list of people close to us, like friends, family, neighbours and colleagues, who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Saviour).
- God deepens your relationship with them and gives you opportunities to serve them well
- God provokes them to openness to Him
- God uses you to signpost them to Him
- Jesus wonderfully saves them.
10. Intercede for nations
Pick a nation: it could be the UK, it could be your birth nation or that of your parents, it could be a nation that is close to your heart, or it could be Nepal where our brothers and sisters in King’s Church Kathmandu are fearlessly spreading the Gospel.
- the Gospel to be preached and received in that nation
- many to be saved and then filled with the Holy Spirit
- supernatural signs and wonders to break out in that nation that draw people to Jesus and glorify Him
- a spotless Church to rise up in that nation
- righteous government in that nation inspired by the love and fear of the Lord, and His loving wisdom
11. Intercede for the church
Pray for God’s blessing on two or three of the following and those who lead them:
- King’s Kids: our children’s work up to the age of 11
- King’s Youth: for those aged 11-18
- Our small groups: for powerful times together and strong support of one another in these restrictive and challenging times
- Our outreach and social action works: Azalea (working with commercially sexually exploited women), CAP (our Christians Against Poverty debt relief centre), English as a Second Language (ESL) groups, Little Stars (parent and toddler group), King’s Table (serving those wrestling with life-controlling addictions and homelessness)
- The eldership, leadership and staff teams in the church: wisdom, unity, inspiration and courage
- Focus: our group for those in retirement
- Alpha: for many to join and encounter Jesus’ love and salvation: it starts on 4th May
- Our worship and technical teams who serve us so well every single week
- Another church in High Wycombe or the surrounding area
Write down anything that God has spoken to you. You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words by clicking here.