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1 Revitalizing Your Prayer Life
Andy and Kathy Spencer Austin, Texas

2 Revitalize To make something or someone active, healthy or energetic again. Imbue something with new life and vitality

3 Realize it is God who has the power and does the work
His ways are higher than our ways Revelation 21:5 New International Version (NIV) 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Psalm 103:13-14 13  As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14  for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version (NKJV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Transformational Process

4 Beth Moore’s Pledge of Faith
God is who he says He is God can do what He says he can do I am who God says I am I can do all things through Christ God’s Word is alive and active in me I’m Believing God!

5 Remember All He Has Done
Isaiah 46: 8-11 Isaiah 46:8-10 New International Version (NIV) “Remember this, keep it in mind,
    take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago;
    I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me. 10  I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.’ Kathy’s Personal Testimony

6 Discussion Question When was the first time you saw the power of a praying life? Witnessed in own life? Witnessed in someone else?

7 Rocks of Remembrance Habakkuk 3:2
Children of Israel were told to cross the Jordan River, it was very high. The Jordan River was parted by God, when they entered and were obedient. They built an altar from the rocks they took from the middle of the Jordan River Habakkuk 3:2 New International Version (NIV) Lord, I have heard of your fame;
    I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
    in our time make them known;
    in wrath remember mercy. Children of Israel were told to cross the Jordan River, it was very high. The Jordan River was parted by God, when they entered and were obedient. They built an altar from the rocks they took from the middle of the Jordan River One way to revitalize your prayer life is to look at your life and mark down the “rocks” that have been anchors for your life. A Life Map can help you find these times in your life Joshua Chapters 3 and 4

8 LifeMap Exercise

9 Discussion Question What has God done in your life?
What have been 5 ups and downs in your life, map them and ask yourself “how has God used these events to revitalize your prayer life”

10 Look For What God Is Doing
If you are feeling called Become a part 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 New International Version (NIV) 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Spiritual Gifts 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7

11 Heroes of the Faith Hebrews 11 Biblical Heroes
Read how God has used these men of faith and how their prayer life was affected Wrestled with God Learned parts of God’s character Deepened their faith Let it quicken your faith and strengthen your understanding of God’s Character. Biblical Heroes David Elijah Daniel Hebrews 11 The Hall of Faith

12 Past and Present Day Heroes
Corrie Ten Boom Billy Graham Adoniram Judson Eldon Wright

13 Video?

14 Boyhood Hero Not a nice man Friend told me…


16 You Can’t have a vital prayer life without faith
Who are some of your Heroes of the Faith?

17 “God, What Can You Teach Me Through This”
Danny Forshee

18 Get Rid of Hindrances Hebrews 10: 22-23 Hebrews 10:22-23
New International Version (NIV) 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. A pure and undefiled heart is pleasing to God Hebrews 10: 22-23

19 Confess



22 Resolve to allow God to renew you daily
Romans 6:11-14 New International Version (NIV) 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Daniel 1:8 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Romans 6: 11-14 Daniel 1: 8

23 Prayer Time Daily Quiet Time Devotionals Bible Reading Proverbs 1-31

24 Take Time to Pray As the Holy Spirit leads…

25 Daily Quiet Time Comfortable Place Bible Devotionals Preparations
Weekly Preparation for Bible Study

26 Weekly Prayer Emphasis
Monday – World Leaders Tuesday – National Leaders Wednesday – State Leaders Thursday – Business Leaders Friday – Church Leaders

27 Bear One Another's Burdens
Get your mind off your own troubles Have purpose in your prayer

28 30 Plus 1 31 Men devoted to pray for a pastor Fasting
Think about hunger…pray Monthly update on specifics from Pastor

29 Prayer Requests Pastoral Care Email Update
Pray immediately when asked a prayer request God will bring them to your mind Write it down!!! But do not be hard on yourself Pastoral Care Update

30 Allow God to use difficult times to teach you how to pray
Rob Martindale’s infidelity and Teresa and boys vulnerability

31 Discussion What are some difficult times in your lives that God used to teach you how to pray?

32 In Conclusion We have shared with you ways that God has revitalized our prayer life, what are some ways that God has revitalized your prayer life

33 Discussion What are some ways God has revitalized your prayer life?

34 Andy Spencer (512) Kathy Spencer (512)

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