By: Gary L. Rodgers


By: Gary L. Rodgers

Come into God’s presence with praise and thanksgiving, acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior; praising Him for all the great things He has done.

I will lift up my hands to the LORD in the morning hours, I will lift up my hands to you in praise!

Lamentations 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands unto God in the heavens.

Psalms 134:2 Lift up your hands [in] the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.

    5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.



9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.











NOTE: We should always come into God’s presence and depart from His presence with praise and thanksgiving. The importance of this cannot be over emphasized.

  1. 2.      Confess all of your sins to God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



  •  If you have truly given your sins over to God then forget about them. They are no longer yours. God has wiped them away and you need to do the same.

Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul [delivered it] from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Mind jogger on types of sin:

  • Sins of the mind.
  • Sins of the tongue.
  • Sins of action or deeds.
  • Sins of neglect.
  • Sins of the heart.
  • Sins of the flesh.
  • Sins of unbelief
  • Willful disobedience.


  1. 3.      Waiting on GodPsalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.


  • We should take a few moments to be still and be aware that we are in The Presence of Almighty God.
  • Listen for God’s still small voice through scripture as you continue in prayer.

1 Kings 19:11 -13 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was [so], when Elijah heard [it], that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, [there came] a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

  1. 4.      Intercession, Supplication and Fasting
  • Intercession – is love on your knees pleading to God on behalf of others.
  • Supplication – a humble and sincere appeal to God who has the power to grant a request.
  • Fasting – incorporates Intercession and Supplication. It’s showing God that you sincerely mean business.

Items that need to (always) be a part of our prayers:

  • Spouse – Health, Spiritual growth, Wisdom and knowledge, soul winning, Bible study and prayer
  • Prayer for our Pastors, Deacons, Church Leaders, Teachers, Workers and Missionaries.
    • Pray for their ministries
    • Pray for their families

ü  Protection – for them and their families

ü  Health – for them and their families

ü  Spiritual growth – for them and their families

ü  Financial needs – for them and their families

ü  Peace and harmony in the home and church family – for them and their families

  • Pray for souls to be saved and church growth.
  • Include those prayers that are part of your Prayer Diary.


  1. 5.      Petitions – asking for self
  • This is asking God to meet your needs.

ü  Spiritual

ü  Health

ü  Financial

ü  Care, Protection and Harmony within your home and church family.


  1. 6.      Claim the Victory with Thanksgiving
  • We are on the winning side and should thank God for everything that He has done for us and is about to do for us.

1 Chronicles 29:11  Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is thine]; thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.


  1. 7.      Singing and Psalms
  • Singing scripture back to God is one of the highest forms of Worship and Praise.
  • The book of Psalms is full of Prayers that we can pray and/or sing back to God.


Psalm 25

Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul
Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul


O my God, I trust in Thee
Let me not be ashamed
Let not mine enemies triumph over me

Yea, let none that wait, on Thee be ashamed
Yea, let none that wait, on Thee be ashamed

Show me Thy ways O LORD, show me Thy ways
Teach me Thy paths O LORD, teach me Thy paths,

The secret of the Lord, is with them that fear Him
The secret of the Lord, is with them that fear Him

  1. 8.      Second coming of Christ and The Will of God
  • We should be praying and looking for the second coming of Christ.

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

  • We should be praying that the Will of God be done.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  1. 9.     Depart from God’s presence with Praise and Thanksgiving.

Revelation 7:12 Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever.



In meditation the mind is very active in pondering spiritual things. Dwell on these things and allow God to speak to you through His Word.

Joshua 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Prayer changes things

  • Jesus taught us to speak to God through prayer.
  • Prayer will transform your mind to think differently and act differently.
  • Praying with a submissive spirit will renew your mind to see things the way that God sees them.

“Nothing of eternal value ever happens apart from prayer.”

Dr. Jerry Falwell

Verses of encouragement:

When you get discouraged and the light of joy in your heart seems to be but a flicker do as David did and ask the Lord to ;

Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” KJV

NOTE: This verse speaks of restoring joy in your heart. It is not talking about restoring ones salvation.


Nehemiah 8:10c for the joy of the LORD is your strength.