This is a call to set aside at least 5 minutes every day to stop everything else and talk to God. We all know we should pray. Most of us wish we prayed more than we do. 5 minutes may not seem like much, but it’s a place to begin, from now until school starts back.
Thesis: People grow spiritually with focused time and attention directed toward God. Time invested in prayer, and time invested in exposure to Scripture are reliable means of drawing near to God.
Hypothesis: The intentional investment of even 5 minutes per day of focused time and attention directed toward God, over a 40-day period will facilitate spiritual growth.
Method: Commit to the practice of 5 minutes per day of focused time and attention directed toward God.
Decide whether you will pursue this experiment alone or with others.
You might include spouse, children, or invite a friend to pray with you, but don’t let the commitment or availability of others limit your daily participation.
Commit to a time of day (morning, evening, etc.) to reliably focus.
Events and schedules may require occasional adjustments, but decide on a time that will generally work best.
Pray at least Monday through Friday, from Sunday, June 25 through Sunday, August 6.
You may use Saturdays and Sundays to catch up, or consider how things are going in the experiment, and what adjustments might need to be made.
Take note along the way of how God draws near.
Answered prayers, a sense of God’s nearness and direction, etc.
Report: Sunday, August 6 there will be an opportunity for people to share their results of the Prayer Experiment in the worship services.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to say you are committing to the Summer of Prayer Experiment. You will receive weekly emails and encouragement. And we will pray for you.
2. Scripture Reading Plan.
Read through the Psalms in their entirety over the summer.
5 psalms per day every weekday between now and August 6 will give you ample time to accomplish this. Allow Psalm 119 (because of length) to be one day unto itself. Use Saturdays and Sundays to catch up, if needed. This practice will help direct your thoughts.
3. Worship Services.
Our worship services through the summer will focus around Jesus’ model of prayer in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, also Paul’s prayers for the believers in Ephesus, Philippi and Colossi.
4. Journal (paper or electronic).
You might find it beneficial to track your progress on a calendar, or journal. Noting time spent and thoughts or insights along the way will likely be helpful.