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I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and the extra hour of sleep, what a bonus! Last week, we talked about creating routines to lessen stress and make room for joy. Taking a few minutes each night or on Sundays can make a big difference in the days and the week ahead. The goal for November and December is to make a schedule and routine, so we can add the additional responsibilities and activities to our schedules as the holiday season approaches.

Do you have any predictable patterns in your day that help drive your routines? One pattern I want to challenge us to focus on this week is prayer. Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD’s people.” What would look different in our days if we prayed in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests? How quickly do we try to fix things on our own, worry or think about the ‘what if’s, talk to someone, complain, stress, and then finally, when we have exhausted all of that, pray?

One of my favorite authors is Stormie Omartian. She has written over 50 books on the power of prayer. She has one for everyone: The Power of a Praying Parent, The Power of a Praying Teen, The Power of a Praying Kid, and the list goes on. She has been given the gift of prayer and is so gracious to write out prayers for us to pray. Her prayers have helped me on so many different occasions and many times challenged me to pray things I have not even thought about before.


The power of prayer is real and another powerful place to begin is to pray God’s Word back to Him out loud. Set a pattern for prayer this week that looks like this:

  • Adoration: Praise God for who He is.
  • Confession: Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank Him for all He is doing in your life: seen and unseen.
  • Supplication: Lift up your requests to the LORD.

Open up your Bible each day this week to Psalm 91 and read it and pray it back to Him out loud. The LORD will meet you in this place. Let this be a sweet pattern added to your routine and let Him fill you with the joy of the LORD!

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