The Outline of Prayer
By Larry Stockstill
The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it). (2 Cor. 13:14)
This is the last verse of 2 Corinthians and an outline of prayer.
Focus in on the love of God. Think about the goodness of a Father who loves you. Tell Him “You’re a good Father. It’s who You are!” Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Sing songs of praise to Him. Exalt Him. Tell Him how good and wonderful He is. Do you know how powerful God is? He is so powerful and mighty. You can’t even see Him yet He counts the hairs of your head. He calls the stars by name. Come before Him and talk about how much He loves you and how much you love Him.
Shift to Jesus and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank God for the cross of Jesus. Each day see Him in your mind being nailed to the cross. Thank Him for taking the nails in His hands and feet, and His suffering on the cross for six hours in payment for your sins. See Him on the whipping post and see Him taking the stripes and being willing to have his flesh torn from His back for the healing of your sicknesses and diseases. Thank Him and praise Him! See the empty tomb and Him rising from the dead, victorious over death, hell and the grave. See Him ascending to heaven and sitting down at the right hand of God with every demon power under His foot and subjected to His Name.
Then see Him giving you His armor and saying “wear this. Wear My armor!” Put on His Helmet of salvation – Breastplate of righteousness – Belt of Truth – Shoes of Peace – Shield of Faith – Sword of the Spirit. (Eph. 6)
Stand in His might and in His power. Look at Jesus in His beauty. His eyes are like fire. His hair like wool. His robe is white. His girdle is gold. His feet are brass. Thank Him for His grace, mercy, forgiveness and healing. Thank Him for His mighty power and for interceding at the right hand of the Father.
Greet the Holy Spirit. “Good morning Holy Spirit. Thank You that You live inside of me. You’re my might, my power, my counsel, my wisdom and understanding.” Go through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.) (Gal. 5) Ask Him to help you with each one of them. Go through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to use you in each one. (Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues) (1 Cor. 12) Go through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to use you in each one. (Wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2) (Also see Romans 12:3-8 for other gifts of grace.)
Be free to sing and dance before the Lord. Love God and receive His Love. Thank the Lord Jesus and receive His grace. Invite the Holy Spirit and walk in His power every day!