Encountering God Life Application
How to Encounter God
The prayer room is a place for encountering God. In the prayer room we learn to adore God. And when we combine fasting with prayer, we can encounter God in a deeper dimension. Now seek to apply this chapter by prayerfully doing the following:
- Study the benefits of seeking God’s face in this chapter – Write a paragraph about a time when you sought God’s face in prayer. What did God do in your life as a result?
- Identify any personal transformation – Can you identify any victory or personal transformation that took place as a result of seeking God? Write about it.
- Study the eighteen benefits of fasting in Isaiah 58:6-12 – Write down any benefits you have found in your life as a result of fasting?
- Plan a time of personal fasting – Put it in your schedule for the next week or month. Journal during your fast, writing down
anything the Lord may be saying to you. Take time to study this chapter during your fast.
- Spend extravagant time adoring God for who He is and what He has done in your life – Practice the section called “Ways to Adore God in the Prayer Room” during your fast and every day this week. End with “A Prayer for Encountering God.”
Taking it into the Prayer Room
Get together with those who are interested in 24/7 prayer in your city. Have each person complete this assignment personally before meeting together. Be sure to discuss the eighteen benefits of fasting in Isaiah 58:6-12. Choose a day to fast and pray together for a House of Prayer. Before your fast, have each one study and apply “Ways to Adore God in the Prayer Room” from this chapter. On the day or evening of your fast meet together in the prayer room, whether it is in your church or in a House of Prayer in your city. Meet for at least two hours.
Come prepared with the Bible, music, no unconfessed sin, and a worshipping heart. Have live music or play a CD, and begin a time of worshipping God. Apply this chapter by praying the attributes of God and the names and descriptions of God. Take time to pray for each one’s personal needs, especially as relating to this chapter, and together pray “A Prayer for Encountering God.” Incorporate praying the attributes, names, and descriptions of God in your prayer meetings.
Our Prayer for Encountering God
Lord, we long to encounter You in our lives. We want to be like Moses who sought you face-to-face. We want our city to be one that seeks after Your presence. Bring us into unity as we seek Your face. Give us Your heart with Your passion in this prayer room, and burden our hearts to reach out to the lost that live here. Help us to fast and pray for transformation in our city. You promise in Your Word that our light will break out like the dawn, Your light will guide us; You will satisfy our needs and strengthen our frame, etc. [Continue praying through Isaiah 58:6-12, bringing before God His promises.]
Help us to fast and pray like Charles Finney, Rees Howells, and You when You fasted forty days and nights. Give us a hunger for prayer. Help us to focus on You alone. Come into the center of our every activity, and remove those things that keep us from encountering You. Capture our hearts, and reveal Yourself to us individually when we are praying alone, and corporately when we are praying together. We want to adore You and be wholly consumed with Your person.
We praise You because You are holy, righteous, good, all loving, merciful, etc. [Pray the attributes of God.] You are our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). You are the ruler of the kings of the earth, the faithful witness, the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty, the Living One (Revelation 1). [Pray the names, descriptions of God, and the Word of God.] We want to be like the woman who took an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume and poured it on Your head because she loved You so much. Help us to love You extravagantly with our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Verses to Memorize
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.