Developing a Life of Prayer

By Dean Ridings
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You will grow in intimacy with God as you take the time to talk with Him each day.

Taking God at His word transformed the life and ministry of a young man named Dawson Trotman. Dawson was deep into Scripture memorization. One verse that captured his attention was Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (KJV).

Again and again he reviewed and meditated upon this verse. Did God really mean it – call upon Me; I will answer you; I will show you great and mighty things? Pondering this led to a 42-day “prayer meeting,” in which Trotman and a few others with him got serious about praying for local youth and cities, and then expanded out to other cities in their state, other states in their nation, and finally the world.

The small band of brothers prayed for two hours every morning – three on Sundays! In six weeks’ time, they had spent more than 100 hours in prayer, asking God to use them to win and train individuals for His glory around the world. They didn’t know how, but they claimed Jeremiah 33:3 and trusted God to fill in the details.

“We didn’t even know what we were praying,” Trotman said. “I didn’t realize that within four years, men from every state of the nation would walk into our front room and find the Savior. God answered our prayers abundantly, and there was the beginning of our work called today by the name, Navigators.”

Growing in Intimacy With God

This series of articles is designed to help you conduct an extended “prayer meeting” of your own, learning to connect with God more deeply.

You will grow in intimacy with God as you take the time to talk with Him each day. You will learn to become more intentional as you approach the most important conversation of the day – with the Creator of the universe who is there, cares, and listens with an ear to respond, both for His glory and for your good.

You will grow in intimacy with God as you give prayerful consideration to daily Bible readings, as you reflect upon what you have read and how the Lord has led.

Through the years, I have grown in my passion for Christ through prayer, and my prayer is that this will also be your experience as you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.

From The Pray! Prayer Journal, published by NavPress. Copyright © 2003 by Dean Ridings. Used by permission.

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