Let's Talk About Prayer

We believe that prayer is an essential part of the Christian life, and the Bible contains a lot of content about prayer but sometimes it is difficult to know what to pray for, how long a prayer should last, or even how to pray for something. We want to leave our students equipped with the tools necessary to develop a life of prayer that will last long after graduation. 

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Pastor Stephen's All-Night Prayer Tips

  1. Bring your Bible. Praying doesn’t just mean to ask God for things. Prayer is a heart offering to God. We can seek Him to know Him. One thing I do is bring my Bible and read through it, praying out as God speaks to me. God’s word will empower you and give you a heart to pray.

  2. Make a Prayer List. Make a list of people you want to pray for. They could be people in your classes, in your dorm, your professors, your family, your coaches, your friends from home, or anyone. It could even be SALT Conference, the Alaska Missions trip, the Denver missions trip, your time at home over Thanksgiving or anything really. It’s not a wish list like you would bring to Santa Claus as a kid. Intercede (stand in the gap) for people who don’t know God.

  3. Walk Around. It is normal to feel sleepy. All-night prayer is a discipline thing. You could easily sleep, but there is power in pressing through! One way to do that is by walking around! I easily fall asleep when I am laying in the corner “praying,” so I walk around instead.

  4. Pray the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are David or other writer’s writing their hearts out to God. They are a great place to start. Read some of them out loud and pray them like you mean them.

  5. Bring a Notebook. If you allow Him to, God will lay people on your heart to pray for. It is good to write them down, so you can continue to pray for them. You can write things that God is laying on your heart. You can write things you want to pray about later. You can write questions you have for a small group leader or someone else.

  6. Pray Out loud. Here is another trick for that falling to sleep problem. Pray as if you were talking to a friend. It will be much easier to stay on task.

  7. Bring a Planner. Often times, we can become distracted with assignments or things that we have to do. Bring a planner so you can write those things down when they come to mind. That way, you will remember them later.

  8. Take advantage of the free coffee. Come on…You are in college. It’s free. What could be better. Caffeine will help you stay awake. 

  9. Don’t be a hero. You don’t have to pray the most spiritual prayers. Just pray your heart. Be real with God. It may feel awkward, but press in. Ask a friend what else you can pray for. It’s okay to take a break and enjoy some coffee for a bit. Praying can totally involve smiling. If you don’t have a weird look on your face while you pray, you are not doing it wrong. Just keep seeking Jesus! This is not a contest. No one will look down on you if you don’t make it through the night. Just give all you have to God. That’s enough!

  10. Follow the Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Be bold. Pray bold. He will lay things on your heart. He will show you things to pray for! If you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, pray in your prayer language. If you have questions on that, find a pastor or a small group leader and they would love to share with you!

Ultimately, All-Night prayer is meant to stretch you. Stay longer than you planned or longer than you think you can. Press in past the point of comfort. I learned to how really pray at an All-Night prayer. Begin to go to battle for those in your life, your family, your friends, and your campus. Let's believe that God is going to set some incredible things into motion tonight.

Pastor Stephen Glasser