A Prayer Retreat
Good morning, evening, or afternoon! Thank you for taking this time in your day to pause and dwell with God our Father for a moment. Let’s open with a prayer:
Hey God! Oh how I love You, oh how I thank and praise You! You are a good, good Father. Always caring and providing for me. Matchless, amazing, deep, is Your love for me. I could never get enough. Thank You for this time, open my ears, my eyes and my heart so I may receive everything You have for me during this time and onward. I love You. Thank You for loving, seeing and holding me. I will never be the same. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
- 1. Find a place to kneel (a closet, in front of a chair, at the side of your bed) and extol God. Speak aloud your awe and wonder for who He is.
Example, God You are matchless, You are wonderful! The Nature of who You are is loving grace and mercy. Glory flows from Your throne…
- 2. Have a seat in a quiet place and take a moment to reflect on 2020. Name 3 things you can thank God for in spite of the twists and turns we have experienced since January 1, 2020.
3. Step outside, stand near a window, and gaze upon His creation. Take a moment and mourn the delayed plans, canceled hopes and deferred dreams. Ask God your questions:
Heavenly Father, how could you let this happen? Why did that plan have to fall through? Why didn’t you heal my loved one? Continue…
- 4. Take a moment and read Psalm 42:
For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.
1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
- 5. This year we have experienced unimaginable loss and confusion in this unprecedented time, nothing has gone according to our plans. Let this Psalm be a reminder and bring peace that our hope is in Jesus Christ and Him alone. Take a moment, reread the Psalm, and thank God that in spite of everything that has gone wrong, all the loss we have endured, He’s remained on the throne.
- 6. Remember, even though circumstances change, God never does. He still reigns with Love and Authority, seated on His throne in Heaven. He still looks upon us with love and adoration. Receive His peace now as you allow Him to breathe peace and life back into you. Reflect on Psalm 23:
A psalm of David:
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Based on Psalm 23, answer these:
What does this section of scripture mean?
Who is God showing Himself to be in this passage?
How do the above attributes relate to your life?
- What is God trying to tell you in this passage?
Reflect on your time in prayer:
How did praying that long make you feel?
How did the specific prayer points make you feel?
Did the scriptures speak peace to your mind?
Have you ever complained to God before?
How did it feel to get out your frustrations?
How did it feel to ask God the hard questions?
As we close our time together, I pray you take this moment with God with you and remember, God is not afraid of your questions.
Wow God, thank You! Thank You for this time we have spent together. In Your word it says to “cast our cares” so thank You for allowing me space to get some of this weight off my chest and place it at Your feet. Being human is not easy, but with You, it’s more than possible. Thank You for your peace and mercy, may I choose peace in the midst of chaos and may I remember this moment. May I remember that You are with me, that You are guiding me and that You will provide everything from rest to protection for me. Thank You Abba. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6: 24-26
Go in peace.