Night of Prayer

Why Pray?

Some of the information below is borrowed from the writings of E. Glenn Wagner

To Get Close to God

  • James 4:8

To Have Peace of Mind 

  • Philippians 4:6-7

To Experience Purity and Forgiveness

  • Psalm 51:1-2

To Demonstrate Faith 

  • Hebrews 11:6

To Find Joy in God’s Presence

  • Psalm 16:11

To Prevent Temptation

  • Matthew 26:41

Roadblocks to Prayer

Some of the information below is borrowed from the writings of E. Glenn Wagner

Disregarding the Teachings of the Bible

  • Proverbs 28:9

Sin That We Refuse to Give Up

  • Psalm 66:18

Conflict in Marriage

  • I Peter 3:7

Not Willing to Forgive Others

  • Matthew 6:14-15

Having Selfish Motives

  • James 4:3

How to Pray

Here’s one method that can help you in your time of prayer. 

It’s an acronym called A.C.T.S. 


  • Begin your prayer time by praising the LORD for who He is and what He has done.  Declare His attributes by saying statements like, “You are the God who created me; You bring order out of chaos; You are full of truth and grace; You are powerful and mighty; You know my voice and hear my prayers; You know all things, including everything about me.”  Simply adore Him (Psalm 66).


  • Now agree with God that you are a sinner in need of grace and forgiveness.  It’s time to share with God your sin, your shortcomings.  Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you from unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9).  Ask God to purify your thoughts and motives.  Ask Him to restore a pure heart in the name of Jesus.


  • Spend some time simply being thankful (Psalm 100:4-5).  Give Almighty God credit for all He has done for you.  Be specific.  What needs has God recently met in your life?  Begin the habit of being thankful to God throughout the day.  Being thankful to God should encourage you and remind you of God’s goodness and favor on your life.


  • Finally, bring your specific requests to God.  Remember, our Heavenly Father wants to hear from you and give you good gifts (Philippians 4:6; Matthew 7:11). 

Four Truths about Prayer

by Pastor Rick Warren


  1. God loves for me to talk with Him about anything.

  • Psalm 103: 13 and 1 John 5:14-15


  1. God listens to prayers that are sincere and simple.

  • Matthew 6:5-8 and Hebrews 10:22


  1. God likes to show His grace by answering prayers.

  • Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 7:11; James 4:2


  1. God longs to be close to me.

  • Hosea 6:6; Psalm 25:14; James 4:8