While attending a leadership seminar earlier this summer, we were challenged to take 7 minutes and pray. We didn’t wait to practice it later on our own time. No! Right then and there, we each followed this powerful prayer pattern and prayed this 7 minute prayer.
I was blown away by this 7 minute prayer.
Y’all know I love praying! We get to talk to the Creator of the Universe! It’s amazing.
Why I LOVE this Powerful 7 Minute Prayer
1. It is timed.
This knocks out any excuse that “I don’t have time to pray.” I’ve said it. You’ve said it. Let’s not say it anymore. We’ve got 7 minutes!
2. Need help praying longer?
This technique may help you pray longer than you think. To some 7 minutes is a long time, but by using this format, you just might be tempted to go longer. 7 minutes may actually comes fast. And that’s ok. If you want to stretch it out, then by all means stretch it out. This is a technique to help guide you in prayer not to restrain you from connecting with your Heavenly Father.
3. This 7 minute prayer guides you in what to say.
No more do you have to wonder, what am I going to say? It literally gives you the words.
4. Get out of the prayer rut!
This 7 minute prayer helps you get out of saying the same prayer over and over. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but sometimes, we could use a little help digging deeper and praying in a way that we wouldn’t think to pray.
5. It keeps your mind from wandering.
If you are often tempted to wander while praying, this technique just might be the answer you are looking for. I noticed, it helped me stay more focused.
How to Pray this Powerful 7 Minute Prayer
It’s so easy! Are you ready?
1. Open up to one of the Psalms.
Maybe start with Psalm 103, that’s the Psalm that guided us in the exercise. After you’ve prayed that one choose another the next time you pray. One lady had a great idea of taking the day of the month and adding 30 a few times and then choosing the Psalm that matched up with what she needed most at that time.
2. Now that you have your Psalm, set your timer for 7 minutes.
3. Read a line. Then pray over that line.
Whatever sticks out to you in that line pray it, pray the line, pray whatever springboards from the line. Then move on to the next line.
4. When the 7 minutes is up, you can choose to either end your prayer or continue on.
I was only able to pray over a handful of lines in Psalm 103 before our 7 minutes was up. I was absolutely in awe of how deep I was able to focus on God’s awesomeness.
Give it a try! See how our Lord uses it to bring you closer to Him!