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Tools and Methods for Personal Prayer

Trevor VanSchooneveld, a Candlewood Church Pastor at our Omaha Church location, shared the information below recently at an all church prayer night about tools and methods for personal prayer. 

Prayer is essential to our lives as followers of Christ. Jesus prayed often and for long periods of time.  James 5 says the “prayer of a righteous person has great power” and I John says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  


God moves because of what we do in prayer, but it is hard work, it is difficult.  Here are some tools that may be helpful for organizing and focusing your prayer time. Don’t be afraid to adapt someone’s tool or method if it works for you.  Don’t feel you have to be spontaneous; it is ok to pray for things that are important both repeatedly and systematically. Prayer is work and work gets done best when we organize it and approach it with a plan so feel free to adopt and adapt these methods. 


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  • Pray the scriptures – The scriptures are full of great examples of what we can pray for ourselves, other people, our church and our world.  You can’t go wrong praying through what God has said.  
    • Specific needs – Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you – can be applied to self, children, others, etc. 
    • Application after your Bible reading. Chose a verse and pray through applying it.  
    • Numerous books with verses organized by topic you can pray through for self or others (see Bib)


  • Pray the Psalms
    • Choose a couple verses in Psalms to start or end your day and pray through them.
      • O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  Psalm 63:1-3


  • Pray the 10 Commandments – Ex 20:3-17
    • Meditate on what it says and means, how can I thank God for it, where have I not obeyed this command, how can I ask him to help me better obey it
    • “You shall have no other gods before me” 


  • Follow Biblical examples of prayer
    • The Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13
      • Similar to the 10 commandments consider each phrase and apply it
      • “Give us this day our daily bread”
    • Paul’s Prayers for people – Col 1:9-12, Phil 1:9-11, 2 Thess 1:11-12, 2:16-17
    • Prayer of Jabez – I Chron 4:10


  • Use a Method
    • Adoration, Confession, Supplication for our needs, Thanksgiving, Intercession for others
    • Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
    • The daily office – Morning, midday, evening


  • Pray systematically using an organizational tool – One Note, Evernote, Excel, Word, lists, etc. 


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Suggested Readings 


Additional Questions on Prayer 

If you are looking for ways to pray for Candlewood Church, you can join us in praying through these specific items for our church, our community, and our world by visiting our Candlewood Church prayer list here


If you have a prayer request, our pastors would be happy to pray for you. We understand that life can be difficult. Please submit your prayer request here


Have additional questions regarding the mentioned tools and methods of prayer? If so, please contact us at or call 402.991.5152. 

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