A Personal Prayer Retreat

            There are times when you need a time away from your daily routines, a time to refocus on your life and direction of your life. Jesus knew the necessity of extended time to be alone with God the Father. A personal prayer retreat can be one of the most refreshing, important, and helpful experiences you’ve ever had. Here are some tips to help you plan your personal prayer retreat.
                                                                                 Begin by focusing on God
             We are told to enter God’s presence with thanksgiving. Take time to thank God for who He is, for His love, for His power at work in the world and within you, for His death and resurrection, for the fellowship He’s given you in the Church.
                                                                                   Deal with barriers of sin
             Often this may be the first part of our prayer time: confession of sins that stand in the way of God’s hearing our pray. Humility and submission prepare the way for our intercessions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pray for yourself
              You pray not to inform God of something He doesn’t know, but to share your heart with Him. Pray over a list of personal needs and problems that you wrote down in your preparation prior to the retreat.                                                                                                                                                                                             Pray for others
           The prayer retreat gives you more time for unhurried, more detailed prayer for those whom you usually just mention briefly in your morning devotions. Pray for God’s will to be done in your life, focusing your prayers on God’s interests.                                                                                                                                        Drive some stakes
           Your aim in these days should be to come away with some newly driven stakes in your life—new conclusions and insights, renewed convictions, specific promises to claim, definite directions in which to move.
                                                                                   End with Praise
        Complete your prayer retreat with a time of doxology, of expressing love and adoration to the God who has given your life, Even if you cannot see God’s answer or not sure He will work in an answer to your prayers, you can return home with a heart that sings in praises and thanksgiving.
September 26, 2019