Prayer Plan

Did You Pray Every Day Last Week?

Ok, this is the accountability page. It’s going to help you to continue developing the habit of daily prayer. Here’s how it will work—

Every Monday morning, come to this post and in the comments section simply answer the four questions:

Did you pray every day last week? (if you DID NOT are you able to identify the things that hindered you?)

When you did pray, was it at a set time?

Was it in a set place?

Was your first priority intimacy with Jesus?

Once you have posted your answers, tell us how your prayer week went.

THEN join with me in reading the posts and offering insights and encouragement!

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  1. Last week was an amazing week! I was in my secret place almost every day. I missed 2 days due to the 24 hour worship burn,which was amazing! God is opening doors, and moving mountains for me in my new job and in almost every aspect of my life. My sciatica was healed on Saturday night, and Praise be to God He has given me favor with work, clients, and opportunities. He is faithful……….

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  2. Monday Morning and back on track with my Daily Prayer. The last few weeks have tossed me into the lack of consistency. BUT today I started a new job, a new day, and a renewed commitment to my Secret Place with Jesus in my Prayer Closet. I started my day in there, seeking Jesus, not asking for much but to meet with HIM, to ask Him to speak to me, “Speak to me Lord, Your servant is listening” is all I could say. The lessons he taught me in my previous job where I had to be at work by 5:30 a.m. and getting up REALLY early (4:30 a.m.). Now not having to start work so early, I have that time in the morning before work. Praise be to God!

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  3. Hello hello!

    Feels like it’s just me on here but hey, just this page itself is still holding me accountable. Hahaha Pastor Scott! Your sermon on Sunday was so awesome! These past few weeks I too have been saying, “Jesus I just want intimacy with You.” I think I was struggling with, “well am I doing the right thing to enter into intamacy with Jesus?” But there is no “right way”. All I have to do is ask Him for intamacy. So thank you Pastor for that confirmation. Got to pray everyday last week…same time, place and intamacy first.

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  4. Hello DPP family!

    Sad I didn’t get a chance to post last week (even through my prayer week went pretty badly to be honest). With that being said…I felt like I was fighting for the secret place the past two weeks. Towards the end the of last week I became really determined to not let condemnation get in the way of my prayer week. I just kept asking the Lord for prayer and continued to choose to believe the truth that no matter how my prayer week went the week before. I chose to believe that 1. Jesus WANTS me to be with Him no matter what. 2. Even if I didn’t feel like I deserved being in prayer.. pray anyways because…. “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬ So I did not get to pray everyday but when I did it was same general time, place and tried to focus on intimacy first.

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  5. Hello DPP family! It’s good to be back on here! Although I did very much enjoy my accountability talks with my group and I can’t wait to keep them going on here!

    This week one day of prayer suffered because I was feeling sick and didn’t get up early enough but I still prayed even for a little while. When I did pray it was the same time same place. Intimacy first. This week the Lord has been helping me to push through the distractions, etc to focus on Him. I tangibly felt the difference of when I first started praying and after the Lord developed a “beach head” for me in prayer! It was so awesome!

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    • Hi Amber! Maybe some of the new students from your group and mine will join us here! Thank you though for your faithfulness. That beachhead is greatly fought over by the enemy but God is faithful. My prayer time has been good daily roughly same time same places. Intimacy first always. Coming through a time when the habit seemed too legalistic and not free. But God is faithful. My group has gone so well. Three ladies that really want God!

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      • Wow that’s awesome Pastor Scott! Mmmm that’s definitely something I try and keep in mind too. I never want my daily time with the Lord to become anything that is legalistic or religious.

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  6. Secret Place same time/place intimacy first. I feel my love for the Lord increasing so that I now see my daily tasks as a distraction. God is so good and amazing…I love having a personal relationship with Him. It makes everything else around me and circumstances in my life so trivial. Praise God!

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  7. Hello DPP family!
    Last week I did miss a day unfortunately. I had doctor appointments virtually every morning last week before I had to work in the afternoon and instead of waking up earlier to spend time with Him I said I would do it after my appointments but it didn’t go that well. Learned my lesson. When I did pray, it wasn’t the same time or place but intimacy was still my first priority! The Lord spoke to me in that even though my idea of prayer time wasn’t fulfilled, that shouldn’t keep me from approaching Him with confidence!

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  8. Hello DPP family!

    Got to pray everyday last week (and the week before too I think.) Same time, except for one day, same place, intimacy first! I’ve been hearing from the Lord a lot in the midst of my day which is so cool how He’s growing me in “prayer without ceasing.”

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  9. Hello DPP family!

    I’m very glad to say that I’ve recovered from my not so great week of prayer! Praise Him! Got to pray everyday, same time/ same place. This week the Lord was also reminding me that intimacy isn’t bound by a set time but it overflows throughout my day. One night I was getting ready for bed and I was just thanking Him for the day and praising Him and He poured out His love on me and spoke to me through a song that was accidentally put on. How I love my Jesus!

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  10. Hi Everyone. Prayer time good, same time same place…one day different
    The feeling of being in the Secret Place and meeting with God is so good…so I decided to meet with Him in the afternoon and evening as well. I believe we are given a gift and it’s there for us all the time..we just have to want it.
    God bless.

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    • Wow yes Joan! That’s so amazing! I’ve been feeling that too! What a gift it is to be in the presence of the Lord!

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  11. Hello DPP family!

    Woof. This past week was not my strongest. I was sick half the week so I got to spend tonnnnsss of time with the Lord when I was home sick from work. Same time and place, intimacy first! But when it got time to go back to work I was so sleep deprived that I didn’t wake up in time to spend time with my Jesus. I would try to make up for it that night but I just didn’t prioritize my time to do so. After seeing how much this effected me I’m so determined and hungry and desperate to really make time for Him this week. Wow am I grateful for the Blood of Jesus that opened up the secret place for us!

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  12. Hi Everyone! Prayer time good, same time/place intimacy first…
    Did you ever feel like you were all alone….like you had no one on your side… That’s the feeling I felt this week.
    There was a time in my life I would have had a big pity party for myself but not this time.
    I felt God telling me that He is right beside me and He has His hand on me. He also said that He expects me to honor Him with my attitude, my words, self control, etc. I was able to do that only because of what He is doing in me. God is so amazing and I thank Him and give Him all the praise and glory.

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  13. Hi Everyone. Prayer time good, same time and place. Intimacy first.
    God has been telling me to listen to His voice…let His voice be the loudest in me.
    So this is what I’m practicing…
    I also try to see His blessings for me each day and also try to see Him.
    I want to focus on Him all day.

    God bless.

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  14. Hello DPP family!

    Sorry I’ve missed posting the past few weeks! I have been able to pray almost everyday. I think I missed a day or two within the last few weeks. Mostly the same time, same place, intamacy first! After a word of knowledge was spoken over me. I’ve been noticing the Lord calling me to “come away ” with Him at random times throughout my day, even if I’m not in my room. What an answer to prayer that He has been reminding me that our time of intamcy doesn’t end when I leave my “prayer closet.”

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  15. Hi everyone! Prayer time good..same time and place. Meeting with God every morning has been a blessing in my life. I didn’t know quite what to expect in the beginning but I see how God has made me more aware of HIm all the time. I am very grateful for the changes in my personal self for I could never do it without Him. Although I am not on top of the mountain everyday, I know that if I continue to be His faithful servant and to trust and believe in Him in every situation (especially when it’s hard) He will see me through.

    I encourage all my sisters and brothers in Christ to never give up. Keep moving closer to Him and you will be so amazed and inspired by what He will do…….He’s our God and He loves us more than anyone could ever love us.

    God bless.

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  16. DPP Family … I’m writing this while IN my prayer closet as the Lord has directed me. I’ve had a severe onslaught of attacks since dedicating more and more secret place time with the Lord, seeking His face. I am now seeing that this 3ft wide x 18in deep place where He and I meet is the safest place on Earth for me and I don’t want to come out. I’m sure my family would wonder what happened in about a week or so but I’m so thankful to all of you for your encouraging posts and especially to Pastor Scott for his obedience to the Lord, his book which is not just a book but a GPS directional to getting to The Secret Place and to trust God that nothing going on outside of the Secret Place needs me more than I need to be IN HERE with my Savior. Oh how He loves us and I cannot fathom but just to spend time in His arms.

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    • Sounds like you are barricaded in there Deborah! That’s great! I was thinking this week and I was trying to phrase a Principle I have talked about frequently. I landed on this, If you can’t do it before the Lord in the Secret Place, dont do it!”

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  17. As I have gotten into my prayer closet which is an actual closet, I feel like I never want to come out. Sometimes life just gets in the way and I keep saying “I have to get in there! I NEED to get in there. I MUST get in there” and the Lord draws me in and then I never want to get out. Shutting that door as Jesus said to do is just so amazing as I feel so close to the Lord and know that I am in His Presence and I want to be in that all day. I know when I leave my prayer closet the Lord goes with me, all day, every day…….oh how He loves us!

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  18. Hi Pastor Scott & DDP family
    It’s been a while since I’ve written in the group, and we miss u guys, me and my husband have had several health problems and battles going on in our lives.
    We have been trying to keep our schedule, but it has been difficult. We kept the place the same, the times has been hard to keep. Yes my priority was intimacy, I haven’t been able to pray everyday, we have been back and forth to the doctors, so some days it’s hard. With all that has been happening In our lives we would like that the DDP family keep us in your prayers.

    I pray that God would continue to strengthen and keep you DDP family in His perfect peace, God Bless

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    • Hi Rita, so good to hear from you! I am sorry to hear that you and Luis have not been well. Sometimes you have to make the waiting room or the doctor’s office your Secret Place. The Lord knows your paths! I will be praying for you.

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      • Hi Pastor Scott
        Thanks pastor Scott for your encouragement and your prayers
        We are doing better and I pray we can come to service Sunday. God bless

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  19. Joan
    Hello eveyone! I missed all of you because I did not post the last week or so but I’m back….
    It is such a blessing to be able to connect and share with each other in our efforts to seek a personal relationship with God through the Secret Place. I want to grow in the Lord and move forward in my walk with Him and I know this is a part of what He wants me to do. So lets encourage each other to show up because if we do He will never disappoint.

    We can do this DPP family!!

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  20. Amber and Joan: thanks for demonstrating community by encouraging one another. I am proud of both of you!

    I usually don’t post my own stuff. I don’t know why, but here goes.

    My prayer time happens everyday but for a long while now I have been battling the routine of it: not wanting my list to be a burden but rather led by the Holy Spirit. So, I just lean hard on a reaching for intimacy from my heart and not my head.

    In my head I, of course, know that I should pray etc. But sometimes when I cant seem to connect I have to just come to God in desperation and as a child and say, “God, from my heart I want You! I need You!” It seems to simple but just the intentional activation of my heart makes a huge difference for me.

    He’s so good! Amazing answers to prayer that I can only just, well, be amazed at!

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    • You’re welcome! Thank you for sharing this Pastor Scott!
      “…reaching for intamacy with my heart and not my head.” -that’s good!! I’m gonna take that nugget of wisdom! I’ve definitely been feeling the same way and just being like okay, it doesn’t matter what I do, I just want to sit at the feet of Jesus… just that. And what’s great is that’s all He wants! No performance, no routines, just realness and intamacy.

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      • I went through a season where I had a lot to do and (though you can’t tell it) I am an introvert so I can get nervous to be with people. But in that season the Lord made the pursuit of the Secret Place so real that somehow He helped me feel as though everything I had to do I could do with the sense that I was still in the Secret Place! I want that!

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    • Thank you for sharing Pastor Scott. I felt this today. I just went into my prayer closet ,which is now an actual closet, and just sat, worshiped the Lord, praised Him, and asked for forgiveness for not spending enough time with Him. I asked Him to help me with that and to see that nothing going on outside my Prayer Closet is nearly as important as what is going on INSIDE my Prayer Closet. I also need help with posting on here. I can reply to a post but I cannot enter a new post which Is why I haven’t been posting on Mondays or during the DPP class. HELP!

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      • Hi Deborah, I can see you ha e found out how to post. Great!

        So remember the things we talked about in class and get in the habit of answering the questions: every day, same place, same time, intimacy first.

        No guilt, honesty in our reflections on our actual efforts, keep the vision in front of you

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    • Pastor, I feel the same way at times….its so refreshing to know that we can simply say “God I need you!” Tears usually follow and I sit in stillness and suddenly His peace comes and His love fills me.

      Thankyou God.

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  21. Hello DPP family!

    Last two weeks of prayer have been great! Got to pray everyday (woohoo) same time/place, intimacy first. Thank you Joan for your advice for distractions! I can say that it has definitely helped a great deal and I’m continuing to grow in that area. Praise the Lord! He is so good!

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  22. Hello DPP family wherever you are! (If you’re reading this and are intimidated to come back because you haven’t posted in a while, don’t be! For there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus! Romans 8:1)

    Missed one day last week where I didn’t get to pray in the morning for more than a minute but the Lord has been urging me not to condemn and shame myself when this happens but to learn from what kept me from spending time with Him (which was not going to sleep early enough) and try again this week. Other than that, intamacy has been first and I’ve noticed my secret time with Him set the stage for something that was going to happen that day. Which is so cool!

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    • Sorry I didn’t see this post. As I told Joan with hers, I am missing notifications or something.

      Anyway, I love this call to the DPP Family! I know that many of them are likely struggling and have fallen behind in the count so to speak. But we are going to round them up and encourage them!

      As for condemnation, none of that! I say in the class when someone feels guilty: No guilt or condemnation. No lying to ourselves either (making excuses for ourselves). Just honest effort, transparency, and keeping the vision in front of us.

      You’re awesome!

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      • Oh that’s okay! Joan and I were keeping each other accountable so you’re good! But yes! I felt it really strong on my heart to say because it’s the truth!
        You’re awesome too Pastor Scott!

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  23. Joan
    Prayer time good, same time same place, intimacy first. Meeting with God each morning has increased my love for Him, my faith, my trust, my prayer time. Meeting with Him has made me a better person. I love what God is doing in my life.

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  24. (Joan) Hi everyone….prayer time good but was out of my routine since I was away the week before. We visited the Bible Museum in Washington, DC which I enjoyed very much.
    My prayer time last week was good…missed one day.
    My time with the Lord has had many moments of quiet meditation recently but last week there were at least three separate occasions he put this in front of me ….”Do you know who you are in Christ?” After chewing on this I realized I have not been living like this fully. I have been waiting instead of moving and it’s time I get up and do even if afraid.
    I don’t want to miss God’s opportunities.

    By the way Amber don’t be discouraged….it sounds like attacks from the enemy. He always try’s to distract us from God. Yes, I can relate to that for sure…. What helped me in that area is I had to say to myself is what I’m doing right now more important than God? No way!!!
    The enemy wants to rob us of that time with the Lord. We can’t let him do that.
    He who lives in us is greater than he who is in the world. We can do all things in Christ who gives us strength. We are more than conquerors because God gave us the power..

    Good for you that you were able to refocus and get back on track….sounds like you were victorious Amber!!!! Way to go!!!!

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    • Thanks for responding Joan! I was able to use your advice and refocus myself today in my secret place. It’s such a great perspective to have.

      I’m so encouraged by your transparency and determination to live for Christ no matter what the cost! Keep up the good work!

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    • Im sorry I missed this post! I am not getting notifications or something. Anyway, great advice! You know what I like is that what I am seeing in you Joan is what comes after the initial battles and the initial victories: A stubborn endurance that walks by faith not by site! I have often said the same thing: “Nothing I will do today is more important than cultivating the Secret Place!”

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      • Joan
        I never knew what I was dealing with in my life before I knew God. It wasn’t until I found the Lord that I learned whose voice was in my head every day. It was the enemy and he almost destroyed me. I’m grateful now that I have the awareness and sensitivity to know His voice very quickly because He will not ever bring me to that place again.

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  25. Hello DPP family!

    Praise the Lord, He is good! I got to pray almost everyday last week. Missed a day because of a GOE rehearsal (how ironic) but other than that I’ve been making it a habit to make sure I fit my secret time into my changing schedule which is cool! Same time, same place, intamacy first. The distractions have been getting better but still working on it with the Lord.

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  26. Hello DPP family!
    Sorry I’ve been MIA 😅 lost track of my days the past few weeks but I have still been able to pray everyday thank the Lord! Intamacy first, same time, same place mostly. During my secret time with the Lord my one problem has usually been distractions. I’ve continued to ask the Lord that He would rebuke these distractions and He has, but I noticed that when these distractions would come, I would condemn myself and get discouraged. Last week I became fed up with this cycle and the Lord revealed to me that me condemning myself was the reason why these distractions were becoming such a problem. I’ve been practicing to just refocus myself on His face and move on from the distraction and I can say that there has been such joy and freedom already and I look forward to the Lord working on this with me. Does anyone else get distracted easily? Would love to hear any suggestions.

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  27. Joan
    Hi Marisa, I can def relate to what you are saying because I have felt the same way at times. In fact I thought…here I am making the time and the words aren’t coming to me….
    What happened with me is that I learned to rest in the quiet time with the Lord because I knew when I didn’t know what to pray the Holy Sprit did and was there in front of the Father on my behalf. So in that time I enjoyed sitting with God in the Secret Place and just feeling His love and peace surround me. It’s like being with a good friend….you don’t always have to talk but just being together is so good. I think God just wants us to show up and maybe listen sometimes. God sees us and He knows,,,,,,just like you said Marisa.
    It was so nice to connect with you Marisa. Thank you for sharing.

    God bless.

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    • Thanks Joan!

      Yes! That’s a good way to look at it. Sometimes showing up is about the company and not always the conversation. This is reassuring. I am sure that this is a stage in my prayer life and it may change as I continue to grow but I’m glad to know I’m not the only one ☺️. I also think I do need to listen more- I talk too much sometimes 🤭. Thank you for this positive and helpful feedback!

      God bless!

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  28. I have continued in my prayer time, finding my secret place, finding intimacy with the Lord. As I believe I am growing in my prayer time with Jesus, I keep coming across the same scenario that leaves me with the same question each time. While I know that there is no wrong way to pray, I am usually a very communicative person and I am almost never at a loss for words but I am also very emotional. I have found that the deeper I get into my prayer life that I am often times not able to outwardly express in words the things I am praying about. I tend to have an overwhelming flow of emotions that leaves me speechless to some degree. I know the Lord knows my heart and I believe the worship of God through prayer, the connection to the Lord and the understanding that he is with me in those moments is there. But I struggle with being ok with being quiet. It’s so contrary to what I am used to. Are any of you able to offer up encouraging words or ways to move past this point if its necessary to do so?

    Thanks and stay blessed!
    Marisa

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    • Hi Marissa,

      It’s a wrestling match, you know? Thatbyou are able to cry and express your heart is wonderful and not a lesser way to communicate with the Lord. Just share your heart with God like you would your most intimate human friend.

      So glad you posted!

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  29. Joan
    Prayer time good missed one day. Same time and place, intimacy first.
    Finding that the more I seek Him the more I find Him. He is always there and it’s up to me to plug in and connect. Trying to make God present all day in everything I do.
    For whatever time I have left in this world I want to be all His.
    I pray this for all of us.
    God bless.

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  30. Joan
    Thankyou for sharing Millie that was awesome!
    Prayer time good, same place and time, intimacy first. It has become such an important part of my day/life.
    I prayed all week for God’s help with a family gathering event that was taking place on Saturday. It was a birthday celebration for my husband. I planned everything and felt I had everything in place and it was going to be a fun day for all. I didn’t plan on the enemy though. He put anxiety and fear in me and I became so anxious and frustrated on the inside. By the end of the day I felt defeated and not very good.
    Thank God that each day is new and we can start over. Praise God.
    I know my God is the God of hope. I put my hope in the Lord because hope never disappoints.

    God bless!

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    • Thank the Lord for the reset button! My how the enemy never tired of bothering us. Sometimes we don’t know what’s going on then remember: it’s just the devil. No biggie and we move forward! We’re gonna have a great year Joan!

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  31. Pastor I want to thank you for teaching me about intimacy with the Lord. It has been so wonderful and sweet. I just changed the order of my time with God. It has always been 1. Read the word. 2. Pray for family and then others. 3. Pray to God. Now it is God first, scripture second, prayer for family and others third. Some days I only do #1 according to His leading but I have not missed meeting with God each day in the secret place with my morning coffee. And I hear His sweet voice. Just this morning I was perplexed about a conversation I had with a close family member the night before. I felt disrespected, hurt, angry and didn’t know how to react. I prayed to God to help me put myself aside and think of what is good for my family member. I did not know how to react but I asked God if we could talk about it in the morning. So during prayer to Him He gently put a thought in my head to send a simple text: ” Jesus loves you. He believes in you. And so do I.” No accusations as my flesh wanted to respond. I received complete peace. God is so good all the time. I am now reading “Secrets of the Secret Place” which solidifies your teaching. After this I will read Barbara Stephans book which she was kind enough to give me as a gift. I am in Florida for the winter and I welcome this time of rest. Millie

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  32. Hello DPP family!

    Thank the Lord! My prayer week last week improved a great deal! I did miss one day because I didn’t get up early enough but I’m determined to not continue to make a habit of it! Please pray that I would have the strength to not choose sleeping in a few minutes over spending time with my Lord. Other than that, it’s been intamacy first, same time, same place. Ive been greatful for the increased desire/desperation for Him! I’m very greatful for SGT’s prayer week and for you Pastor Scott! Thank you for helping us press in on Tuesday night!

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  33. Praise God everyone. (Lam.3:22-23) I thank God for His mercies and grace over me and family. Also, thank God for Pastor
    Scott for his encouragement and not letting up on me. I started off well this year or I thought I was doing well to maintain an ongoing”Same time, same place” intimacy with God but slumber. However, I’m asking for prayers especially, in the season
    of ” A Desperate Cry” for prayer and fasting that God’s grace will be sufficient for me. In Jesus’ name.

    God bless.
    Anne

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