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!

333 thoughts on “Did You Pray Every Day Last Week?

  1. Hello DPP family!

    Last week of prayer was definitely more successful. There was one day I didn’t get to pray for more than a few minutes because I didn’t get up early enough. (Still working on going to sleep earlier.) The last few weeks I wasn’t allotting enough time to read His word but this past week that changed. Making time to read His word reminded me how much I NEED it and desire it and how we really do live off of every word from God (Mathew 4:4). Looks like Joan and I are basically on the same page. 😉

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  2. Joan
    Ok Pastor Scott.

    Prayer time good. Feel the Holy Spirit working…I felt direction to read God’s Word more and that is what I started doing since the new year. Making it a plan to read every day.
    I love it. I feel that I am seeing who God is even more.
    God bless.

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  3. Joan
    Virginia, thank you for sharing your story, that was so encouraging to me. You know where your strength comes from.and you turned to Him and He was there. WOW!!!!!
    It really does work…..God is soooooo amazing. He loves us so much. Thanks again Virginia.

    My prayer time was good. Also struggled this Christmas season with some issues but God was there the whole time. In those downward moments the pull can be so strong. So instead of fighting the feeling, I allowed myself to feel the discomfort and then when I had enough (I try not to let it go into the danger zone) I came to God released my pain/struggle and He always lifts me up.

    I praise Him for all He has done for me and my family.

    Be blessed this year everyone,.

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  4. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you find yourself well.

    It’s been some time that I have been on here. When I first began this journey I was so enthusiastic never imagining what was coming. The enemy attacks came in HUGE proportions. And though I was pleased to see the positive reports of prayer from everyone, mine was going in the opposite direction. So much so that there were many times that I had absolutely nothing to say. As the attacks came from all angles I found myself in dead silence. I wanted that connection with God. The feeling of joy and peace that I once felt with Him. And although I had it once in a while it wasn’t enough to help me walk Strong in Him every day. I found myself without words. I knew it was because I was hurt. I became cynical, disillusioned completely heartbroken. I was feeling more weary as the days went on.

    But look at God. Only God!!!

    Through my tiredness. Through my lack of motivation. He sent me His words. Whether it was at service or a song or even a person or simply reading His Word. He let me know that He was there. Healing me from head to toe. I’m not 100% but definitely out of ICU :).

    I just want to encourage and pray for anyone reading this that if you have found or find yourself in these moments of disconnect it’s ok. Go in and even in the silence He will find you. I think the best moments was when I asked for His comfort unable to say a word and I was overcome with tears and feeling of being held. As a Daddy holding their daughter and saying it’s ok…everything is going to be ok. I’m here.

    In accordance to His Word:

    Deuteronomy 31:6
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    I pray that this helps someone and that any plan that the enemy has to destroy our relationship be broken in God’s Almighty name. That there be peace and joy wherever you are and that His wisdom be upon you. I ask this in Jesus’ name.

    Love you with the love of Jesus and may you have a blessed day…week…year. ❤

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  5. Hello DPP family!

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all! Last two weeks of prayer weren’t my best. I wasn’t able to pray everyday being that everyone was home and the craziness of the holidays. But none the less my heart still burned for intamacy with Jesus so I worked around my knew distractions and have come to deeper intamacy because of those distractions as well as many other reasons. So my heart rejoices in the Lord knowing that He is faithful to keep me burning and yearning for Him.

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    1. Your transparency is beneficial to all of us! The holidays are a very difficult time to find any alone time. But, that’s past us now! I’m looking forward to hearing from you this year!

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  6. Hello DPP family!

    Sorry I’ve been MIA the past week! Finals just finished and I came out the other end with a good grade thank you Jesus! I seriously couldn’t have done it without Him! Prayed everyday last week, intamacy first, same time. The Lord showed me new things and helped me overcome a lot of stress and anxiety as I went through finals week. He is soooooo amazing!

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  7. Joan
    Prayer time good, staying close. Praying for something dynamic in my life. God is good.
    Either way He knows best.
    Merry Christmas to you all and may you feel God’s blessings over you in such a profound way that you have to say out loud “Look what the Lord has done”. Amen.
    Enjoy one and all and give thanks always.

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    1. Thanks Joan and Merry Christmas to you! I believe that you could already say that! My how you have grown in the Lord! I join you though in your desire and prayer for the Lord to do something dynamic in us all!

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    2. Merry Christmas to you too Joan! Praying for you and asking the Lord to give you something dynamic in this season of your life. Keep pressing in to Him! It’s so encouraging to see your faithfulness to the Lord.

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  8. Joan
    Hi Everyone. Prayer time good last week. Prayed for all that came to the GOC and enjoyed being a part of it. God is amazing. He knows us better than we know ourselves.
    He knows what we need even if we don’t. It’s not about what we think but it’s all about surrendering to the Almighty God and trusting and never doubting no matter what the circumstance because He is all powerful and He loves us very much. I have been going through a trial for years and I will keep waiting because I know my God will provide the answers….trust and never doubt.
    God bless.

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  9. Whoops I know I’m a day late. But hey I’m here haha! It was so great getting to connect with my other DPP family members! I was definitely reminded to intercede for my future times of prayer so I’ve been starting to do that. As far as last week goes, I got to pray, same time and place, intimacy first! The Lord has been taking me deeper in more ways than one and I’m so greatful because I have been asking Him to take me deeper! His faithfulness blows my mind!

    -Amber Floridia

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    1. Anytime is fine Amber! I’m glad you were at the reunion because I wanted the rest of the family to meet you. They don’t know that you and Chuck took it online and over conference calls. They were all blessed by your energy and faith as I knew they would be. Thanks for letting me put you on the spot. I’ll be praying for that Table version of the group!

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  10. Joan
    Prayer time good same time/place intimacy first.
    God is showing we how to pray without ceasing. During the day as you meet people, silently pray for them even as you are with them. If you have a struggle that day find a scripture in the Bible that you can use to lean on for that day and pray. Of course praise and worship God all day. Staying close all day is so good.
    This week was difficult because I find trusting (especially family is hard). I went to the Lord and prayed and prayed and here is what He said TRUST ME …YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRUST THEM TRUST ME. Amazing…..
    That gave me such a peace… Thank you God.
    God Bless.

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    1. Ok, this last statement is genuinely awesome and insightful, Joan! You don’t have to trust them, trust Me! Don’t know if you want to but if you want to write an article and expound in that I will post it! Awesome Joan!

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  11. Hello DPP family!!

    I know I missed posting last week but I’ve still been praying and seeking intimacy with Jesus everyday. Same time, same place. These past two weeks the Lord has still been helping me to really focus on Him and not get so distracted when I’m trying to spend time with Him. Improvements are being made which is such an answer to prayer and I’m still pressing in for more! God is so so so good! See you all Sunday! Can’t wait!

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    1. Glad you posted Amber! Glad for the things God is doing in your life. I’m always glad when I see young adults demonstrating strong faith and commitment to Christ! I’m looking forward to the reunion Sunday. Hoping it will bring about more connection See you then!

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  12. Hi Pastor Scott,

    So I find that I am still struggling to get into a solid habit of daily intimate prayer. I am still praying daily but over the last few weeks, I’ve met with circumstances that have taken me off track for many reasons. I don’t want this to be the case though. There were some things that took place just today that confirmed how important it is for me to continue to build intimacy with the Lord. I have been off track, but I am still determined! I have decided to put a reminder in my phone for a set time each evening to see if that will help.

    I am speaking into existence a powerful, prayerful, intimate week with the Lord!

    Best
    Marisa

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    1. Don’t be discouraged Marisa. Everyone struggles at one time or another. The enemy works against even our own flesh and tendencies work against us. Just hit the reset button, read the book again, come to the Reunion this coming Sunday (10:30 Rm A-208) and keep pressing forward!

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      1. Thank you! I will re-read the book in an effort to “restart”. I will be out of town this weekend but know I’ll be supporting all who were encouraged in this class!

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  13. Hi Pastor Scott
    We are still praying in the secret place and seeking intimacy with God, and mostly keeping the same time thank God,
    since I blogged last there has been some challenges, but God can and will handle them all, we look forward to the reunion on December 3,2017, to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen (Rom 16:27)

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  14. Joan
    Wow..great song just listened to it. It’s a reminder to always trust and never doubt because He works everything out.
    Thankyou for that…it helped!
    God bless!!

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  15. Joan
    Prayer time good. Same time/place intimacy first.
    Love my secret place with the Lord. This time of year is difficult for me so I am making sure I stay especially close, He is so amazing and good….
    Waiting for answers to some questions…
    I know one thing, God has never disappointed me.
    I feel truly blessed to know Him.
    Looking forward to all He has for me to do for His glory.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!!

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    1. Joan, you reminded me of an old hymn I love.

      Leave it There

      1 If the world from you withhold of its silver and gold, And you have to get along with meager fare,

      Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird -Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

      Refrain:

      Leave it there, leave it there,
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;

      If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.

      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

      2 If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain, And your soul is almost sinking in despair,

      Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal – Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

      3 When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail, Don’t forget that God in heaven answers prayer;

      He will make a way for you, and will lead you safely through -Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

      4 When your youthful days are gone, and old age is stealing on.And your body bends beneath the weight of care;

      He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end -Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

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  16. “Praise the Lord” everyone.(Ps.150)
    I pray and thank the Almighty God for Pastor Scott and his family for allowing God to use him to be such a blessing to all!
    However, mine week is going -great praised the living God. Intimacy always my first priority because, I everyday, as draw closer and closer to Him, I started realize I that can’t function well without His awesome presence life and home.
    Father God, forgive me for the sin of spiritual indiscipline for those times of not making prayer meditation a daily priority in my life. In Jesus’s name. And I repent of (life got distracted) Lord God, need you’re great -grace to enable me to seek you more, give me a soul thirst and a hunger for your presence. Also, asking for my household and unusual appetite for your word. In Jesus’s name.
    God bless.

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    1. This is a good post, Anne. I appreciate your transparency. What you are asking the Lord for is what all of us need! We all get distracted but we can eventually begin to identify those threats to our Secret Lives in God (Sorge) and overcome. See you at the Reunion right?

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  17. Joan

    Hi Everyone. Prayer time good, same place/time intimacy first.
    I am amazed how I am feeling less ‘in the world”. I feel God is pulling me away and I am going towards Him. It feels safer and it’s where I want to be.
    I love being with Him, I’m more aware of Him wherever I go. I want to be with Him always
    When I have to do busy work I pray before.
    I still feel like I dont spend enough time with Him. Pastor how do we know if we’re giving enough.

    (Amber thankyou for your kind words….hope to meet you soon.)

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    1. You and Amber are on the same track again this week, Joan. I think just follow your heart as far as how much time is enough. When you think about it, we consider ourselves to always be available and “present” with our close human relationships. Can we reach that with God? It sounds like you are experiencing the overflow of the Secret Place into your daily life and consciousness. That is a beautiful thing!

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  18. Hello DPP family!

    Got to pray almost everyday this week. That silly Monday tripped me up again. (Still got to pray for a little while though.) Intamacy was my first priority. Same time, same place except for one day. This week the Lord has been reminding me that my time with Him doesn’t end as soon as I walk out of my “prayer closet”. His presence never leaves me and my time spent with Him in the morning sets the stage for the rest of my day. This friendly reminder has brought me to a greater understanding of how close He really is to me even at the busy/stressful times of my day. He’s truly my EVER-PRESENT help.

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  19. Yes, I prayed every day last week. Didn’t have time to read the Bible one day. I am really trying to teach my teens the habit of daily prayer. They read their Bibles every morning, but then seem to leave them without prayer. Working on it.

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  20. Ok so prayed everyday last week but only 4 in secret place…which seems to vary depending if at work or who is home at the time. It was work and a little bump in the road at home that hindered last week. Been pressing in at least when I can with worship music and quite time with the lord…I’m more aware when I don’t do it and I guess you could say convicted as well…finding that when can’t find secret place in a specific place that sometimes I can find that place where I am and engage with the lord right where I am!!

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    1. Hi Rich! So glad you posted! Great job pressing I. Sounds like you are aggressively laying hold of the Secret Place. I like that you engage right where you are when necessary! Keep on keepin on and I will see you at the reunion!

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  21. Joan
    Hi Everyone. Prayer time good. One day different, cut short. Intimacy first.
    I find myself most times sitting with Him and tears flow down my face but not because i’m sad its because I love Him so much and I’m so amazed by Him and where He has brought me so far.
    It’s where He’s taking me right now too. I feel like he’s moving me closer. Showing me how to get closer. My focus on Him is making me aware of who I am. I feel myself becoming stronger as a person and in my faith and I am so truly grateful.
    God Bless.

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    1. What a blessing when you can do just what you have described! So blessed at your growth! Would love for you to share in one of the Project meetings sometime next year!

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  22. Hello DPP family!

    Thankfully I got to spend everyday with Him in the secret place! Praise Him! Same time, same place. Intimacy first. This past week or two I’ve been noticing an even greater desire for intimacy with Him that has been met with a deeper sense of intamacy with Him, if that makes sense. Wow, Jesus is indescribable! So excited for the reunion!

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    1. We are driven by hunger, in this case spiritual hunger. This is why when we ask for a greater hunger and thirst for Him He will grant it. He wants to satisfy that hunger and thirst. See you at the reunion!

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  23. I prayed everyday last week anywhere I could. In the evening in my apartment and bedroom I spent times of worship, prayer and seeking intimacy with Jesus. This past week was many little battles that tired me mentally knowing that I had to pray strategically and mostly in tongues silently everyday at work. One co-worker even said to me “You must be confused”, and I said “No, I am being Distracted”. I am praying for God to help me be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. Sometimes the people around us bring out the stuff in us.

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  24. Joan
    Prayer time good, same place/time intimacy first. This week my prayer time was good but felt something was missing. Don’t want to make my time with the Lord complicated so I will sit and enjoy my time with Him.

    God bless.

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    1. I think that is the right approach. Our emotions and perceptions are subject to a lot of outside influences. His promises are true regardless. So just be in Him and trust.

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  25. Hello DPP family!

    I did get to pray everyday last week. Hallelujah! Same time and place almost everyday accept for one. (I had to spend time with Him at night rather than in the morning but hey, Jesus still did what He wanted!) Intamacy first! My secret time with Him has really kept me afloat this week. He never changes! God is awesome!

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    1. You’re always upbeat Amber! You’re being consisted and growing. Now take some time to imagine what He is able to do. Ask Him to confide in you (Psalm 25:14) and to take you a little further (Matthew 26:36-38).

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  26. Joan
    Thankyou Pastor regarding your comment last week. I’ve been praying about it.
    This week prayer was good. Same time/place intimacy first.

    Had some nights where I didn’t sleep well and got up in the middle of the night. Finally after about the third night I had to ask God why….I ended up opening my heart to Him to release and let go of things I was carrying from my old self. I prayed for God’s provision.

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    1. My goodness! We’re not even going to recognize you God is doing so much work on you!😉 The cool thing is that when you have been cultivating the Secret Place it becomes a way of life for the rest of your day too. So when you have a task you don’t want to do or can’t sleep or whatever, you can begin to catch the vision for doing them from the Secret Place. Not sure if I have described it well. At any rate, glad for the work God is doing in you Joan!

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  27. Hello DPP family!

    This week I got to pray everyday! What a blessing. Intimacy first, same time/place. Monday morning in particular stands out to me the most. I woke up that morning feeling really heavy emotionally, physically, and spiritually. But let me tell ya after spending time with my Jesus it was like night and day! It wasn’t easy, I felt like I had to push through some mud to get my spirit engaged however the lightness that Jesus put in me was so great I began to cry. God is awesome! I hope that encourages someone! I know it encourages me even a week later. Keep pushing through!

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    1. Well, it encourages me and reminds me that we do have to push through sometimes. And we have to do it while all the while feeling that we can’t do it! Thank you for reminding us!

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  28. Good morning! Hope everyone is doing well.

    I said it’s time to get yourself together. You had a goal. This def opened up the door for many attacks. Attacks that I was just not ready for. And what keeps me is that He tells me every time I meet w Him what’s going on and what I have to do. My set time became a challenge. Not the place…still there.

    Today I am feeling much better. What I do want to say that while yes we are strong in Christ, we are still human and must pay attention to our bodies.

    Hope the rest of the week goes well.

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  29. Hello Beloved,
    To begin with, please need to know more about the December “Prayer Project Reunion”? (Bless you Pastor Scott)
    As usual, prayer week was awesome. Same place, not always the same time, sometimes, I struggled but will push myself through praise and worship songs, such as “Come in, come in -Holly Spirit” by Pastor Scott(my National anthem ) and of course will read the word of the God.( Revelation 19: 13) and encourages my heart to realize who God is and that not matter what’s comes my way He’s more than able to see me through. In Jesus’ name.
    Even now, Lord, I lift up Rita and her family before you. I’m asking for your great grace will be more than enough for them especially, in these times of needs. In Jesus’ name.
    God bless.

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    1. Thanks for reporting Anne and for praying for Rita and her family! Also for allowing my music to be a part of your Secret Place time.

      More info coming very soon on the Reunion

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  30. Hello DPP family!

    This week was also an amazing week in prayer and I’m glad to say that my Monday mornings have been getting better! With that being said I got to pray everyday this week! Woohoo! Praise Him! Same time, same place, intimacy first. It’s been great looking back on how far God has taken me. I’m so grateful.

    -Amber Floridia

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    1. Thanks for checking in even during mid-terms Amber! The greatest encouragement is seeing growth over the long term! I’m glad you are experiencing God’s Presence and blessings!

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  31. Joan
    Prayer time is really good. Same time/place, seeking intimacy with God first.
    My relationship with God has changed since meeting in the secret place. He has become my focus. He’s working in my life.
    Each week there’s more and it’s pretty exciting.
    I mentioned the secret place in Bible Study class tonight at SGT and some people didn’t know about it so it was nice to share ( I don’t think they were from our church).
    God bless!

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    1. Joan, you may want to consider helping me lead the Prayer Project! I am so happy to hear your reports and see your growth. I know you have encountered tough weeks too! But you have pressed through!

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  32. Hello group…

    Hope all is well.

    Im sorry i have not been on for a while. I have gone in my set place but not time. I have been listening to Him more and am in awe to just know that no matter what He’s there.

    I’m working on the set time and giving Him more of me.

    Hope the week goes well for everyone.

    God bless.

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  33. Hello DPP family!

    This past prayer week was awesome!!! I did miss Saturday because I thought I’d be spending time with Him on a young adults hike but we never went our separate ways to spend time with a Him like what was done last time. But oh well! I should’ve spent time with Him on my own either way. Anyways, when I did spend time with Him it was in the same place, same time. Intimacy was always first. The Lord has been moving more and more and more in and through me. He is truly amazing!
    -Amber Floridia

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    1. Hi Amber! It is valid to let your pursuit of intimacy to be done as part of a bigger program, even Sunday morning worship, or whatever. I know that’s not what you were saying though. Glad that you are experiencing the blessings of the Lord! Hey, do you write? I’d love for you to express your thoughts on prayer in an article. I will post it here on the blog! Just think about it and let me know. Till then keep pursuing! Thanks for posting…

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      1. Oh but I see what you’re saying though Pastor! I am not a “writer” per say. However, I do love to journal and I have been discovering a lot through my journaling if you’d like to use that! I would love to be a part of it!

        -Amber F.

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        1. Ok. So, if you would like to pick out some particularly meaningful journal entries and then, if you want, you could expound on them in some way. Maybe tell what was going on that week etc. Either way we can work together on it.

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  34. This past week, I don’t think I set aside time for God at all, except this morning. Why? I asked God to help me with that question. I thought of Daniel. Why did he pray faithfully three times a day? I believe it was because Daniel had made up his mind that although he was taken from his homeland, Jerusalem , he didn’t want to forget who he was- a Hebrew. He didn’t want to become Babylonian. He wanted to remain completely Hebrew. So, who am I? I’ve heard excellent teaching. I’ve taken bible studies and read books. I’ve spoken the truth of God’s Word over myself. All of those things are very important and necessary and I continue to do them. But, in my life, a depth of knowledge and understanding of who I am has been given to me in the secret place. So, why didn’t I spend time with my God, other than throughout the day kind of praying? Because I didn’t understand the importance of knowing who I am.

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    1. Ok. Well it seems like you are on a journey. It’s good that you can examine it. We go through seasons. I’m going through one right now too. But we just pray through it, pray for prayer, wait for Him to get us through. Remember: no guilt but honest with ourselves, keeping the vision before us, praying for prayer.

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  35. Joan
    Hi everyone. I prayed all week in the secret place, same time, same place, intimacy first.
    Sanctification is what He showed me. It means to make holy (i.e.morally pure, spiritually whole, separated from evil and dedicated to God and his purposes), to consecrate (i.e., to set apart) and to separate from the ungodly patterns and practices of the world. It involves being set apart from sin so as to have intimate companionship with God.

    It blows me away that this is what He wanted the Israelites to do and 2000 years later He wants us to do the same thing. God doesn’t change,

    This is the life I want to live for the Lord. God knows we’re not perfect. I’m glad to have the Secret Place where I can check myself to make sure I’m right with God so I can contunue to have the intimate relationship with Him that I long for now.

    God bless.

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  36. Thank you for posting the Rocky music!! I just played it 🙂 I prayed everyday in the morning but at least two of the days were really too quick to count for what we are talking about here. It has been a lot harder to stay present. I think I need to create more of a routine for the prayer time. I always start and end with praise, thanks, worship. But I think I am going to try to create a routine because I end up spending too much time pondering and or wandering. Anyway, God is so awesome. He loves us so much more than we can comprehend.

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    1. Super post Janice and way to be aware of your own approach! So keep us posted. I think we all get focused on fulfilling the task that we forget to just engage from our hearts. They may or may not be what you are doing, but I think it is the answer for all of us. It’s about a heart engagement! Some weeks are just like that. Go figure!

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  37. Hello DPP family!

    I’m sttiiillllll working on my Monday mornings. They’re improving but they can use some work on my end as far as waking up earlier when the Lord calls me to. I still got to pray everyday! Praise the Lord! Intimacy always first, same time, same place. And the Lord is still continually breaking down walls and answering prayers and growing HIs gifts inside of me. All glory honor and Praise to my Jesus Christ! I love Him so much!
    -Amber Floridia

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    1. O, those Monday mornings! Ha! We all have something like that. Way to stay with it though! You are aware of the obstacles. So just ask God to give you prayer on Monday mornings in the way He wants it. Thank you for your encouraging, motivating attitude, Amber!

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  38. Hi Pastor Scott & friends
    Yes we prayed everyday last week, mostly we keep the same time, some days I might pray a little later than my set time, but I try to stay in my time frame
    We both pray in the same set place
    I did seek intimacy with Jesus this week even through it was hard, I stayed there and quieted my mind, than intimacy came, thank you Jesus, with all the sorrow going on around the world and in my husbands hometown it was really hard, but to God be the glory, all family members are ok as for now, thank God, my sons nephew has been fighting cancer for 4 years the doctors told his grandmother there is no hope for him, there is nothing they can do, so I’m pretty sad, but still God is able according to James 5:14-16, please keep Jacob Serrano in pray, thank, may God continue to smile upon you all 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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    1. Is this you Rita? Your post just says Someone. I’m sorry for your sadness. Definitely rough times. I’m assuming you are talking about family in Puerto Rico? Home I’m right that this is Rita. I am glad family there is ok but then you mentioned others that are not. Get close to Jesus and then tell Him all about it! I’m glad you posted here!

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  39. Hello DPP family!

    Thank you for your last response Pastor Scott! Very encouraging. 😄 Last week I missed one day of prayer (because my alarm never went off before work, bummer). Other than that, same time same place with my Lord. Intimacy first! This week I’ve noticed how easy it’s been to pray with out ceasing through out my day as well as praying with others. God is awesome! 🙌🏻✝️

    -Amber F.

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    1. That dog gone alarm! Thank you for posting here every week. Our Secret Place time begins to effect the rest of our day. The fragrance and the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit all begin to manifest in greater measure! Expect your prayers to be answered!

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  40. i am very happy to report that I prayed everyday at a set time and place this week! (I hear Rocky music playing in the backround). I think this was the first week that I prayed EVERY day in the morning (more than just a quick prayer). It was about intimacy. It seemed harder this week to stay present. But, as much as my mind kept wondering, I just kept bringing it back. God is so Awesome!

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    1. Ha! Way to go Janice! I can hear your tenacity! That’s contending! We are developing a habit. Even if there is a missed day or one where it is all struggle, we are building this into our lives. Just be there and cultivate your love for Him. Just watch with Him. And pray for intimacy!

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  41. September 25, 2017

    Good evening church family…

    So I am 41 years old, I weigh…Well I don’t know what I weigh and my struggle is…

    lol Those who were in church yesterday will get it.

    All kidding aside it has been a struggle. Yes I went into my secret place about the same time. But not a peep. I wanted to but I couldn’t. But I refused not to go in, because I really did want to pray…talk to my Daddy. What is wrong w/ you Virginia? Is all I can think. Did I feel that God wasn’t near me. Not even for a second. I was in pure amazement how He answered my simple question, what’s wrong with me? Im sorry that the words can’t come out. My struggle was getting bigger and I was depleted. But when He answered me, I paused and said, Nope! The Devil is a liar. Im not going anywhere and yes I am down, but Im not leaving my Jesus. I had to lift myself in the natural and spiritual. There is a war being waged because we are wanting to pray and at every corner He showed me I’m still here. All these strategies given to us by our leaders at church, is God’s way of meeting us there. Just like we sang this week, there’s nothing our God will not to do to come after us. My eyes tear up just knowing this. Not fully up but don’t count me out. 🙂

    Still here…contending. Needing to do what I need to get where I want to be with Him.

    Hope you all a prayerful week.

    God Bless.

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    1. Well, Virginia, on your best day you can’t rejoice in Christ anymore that on your worst day. Our rejoicing is based on His promise to count our faith as righteousness! Keep contending! He is in the Secret Place whether we feel Him or not!

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  42. Joan
    Hi everyone. Good prayer week. Same time, same place, seeking intimacy with God first.
    After reading your comments last week Pastor Scott, I remembered your book I had read last year “Life in the Middle”. “Living faithfully between promise and fulfillment”. It reinforced to me that it is very much about faith. Waiting on God. God being our Portion. Trusting God. Not doing this all alone but being in the presence of God. Being in the Secret Place is key. It helped me see that I want this all day not just in the morning.
    I am learning a lot as I move forward with God. I’m dying to self much more.
    I know this is a life process but I’m so happy for the journey.

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    1. “Life in the Middle,” huh? “Living faithfully between promise and fulfillment. Always in this conversation,especially when waiting for what I know God is doing. It is no wonder why Isa. 40:31 is my verse…those who trust in the Lord will find NEW STRENGTH. They will soar high on wings like eagles.

      And yes constantly having to remind myself only with God.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      1. The concept about waiting is very important! It is not doing nothing but rather doing the strongest something we can do! In fact, it runs parallel to our time selling no for intimacy in the Secret Place.

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    2. How blessed I am to hear you describe how you are applying all the principles we have discussed and even those in Life in the Middle! You are right! All of the things in that book are immediately relevant for the battle we are in for the Secret Place! So awesome! Are you writing down the things you are learning?

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  43. I prayed everyday last week in the evening in my apartment and bedroom; the time was in the evening and throughout the day. I prayed in my car some days during my lunch time. I had a full week of training a new employee and believe me I prayed throughout the day of the week for it. I really didn’t sense that I made progress, but my prayers were consistent and I had the peace of God when stressful situations were trying to get me upset. I am pressing into have the intimacy with Jesus more and more each day, but sometimes life just gets in the way.

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    1. It’s alright SuZanne. Just because you don’t feel like you’ve made progress does not mean you haven’t. Believe me you have! Anyone who shows up everyday in the Secret Place and who seeks for intimacy with Jesus is the definition of making progress!

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    2. As I read the posts, especially those when people post about their stresses, and life getting in the way. I smile, not because its a good thing. I wouldn’t want anyone to have to struggle. But to read in this particular blog where we are all contending with he habit of prayer. The struggles mentioned to me is just the enemy and I smile because we are still at it. Posting it and showing we are obedient no matter what is coming our way.

      I plea with our God for all of us, to continue meeting us there and not to allow the enemy to stop us from being close to Him.

      xoxo

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  44. Hello DPP family!

    I did get to pray everyday last week, thank you Jesus! 🙌🏻 Same time/ same place. Intimacy was my first priority. I’ve been working on my focus during my alone time with Him. Pastor Stephen spoke a sermon about living in the moment a few weeks ago and it really challenged me to make sure I don’t lose sight of this moment here and now that I have with the Lord. Rather than getting lost in my thoughts about whatever else I have going on in life. I’m thankful for this community that we have! Thank you Pastor Scott!
    -Amber F.

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    1. Hi Amber! Good post! Pastor Stephen and I have discussed these things a lot. One of the most important things we can do is be emotionally and spiritually present in the moment we are in! Our loved ones need us to be present emotionally and certainly God wants us to be present to Him!

      If God exists outside of time then the more we can enter into communion with Him the easier it will be for us to live unhindered by distractions and obstacles!

      You are precious to the Lord! See how deep you can go!

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  45. Hi Pst Scott,
    I prayed everyday but the time and place changed depending on where I could get privacy. I always seek intimacy first because this has been my goal all year to be closer to God and hear from him more and he has been speaking! Everyday though, there is something contending with my time with God and I am learning to be very creative in my approach to prayer. Sometimes I just take a walk so that I can pray without disruptions from kids etc I face challenges everyday like most people and I am able to find solace in just speaking to God about the issues. He does hear and answer prayers and sometimes it’s guidance on how to go about my challenges.
    Thanks for all you do. Till next week. God bless

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    1. Hello Ogo! I am SO glad you posted! You are right: you have to get creative sometimes! A lot of times when faced with an obstacle people just give up but we cannot do that with prayer and make any progress! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to having you as an ongoing part of the Project!

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  46. Joan
    Prayer time every day…same time/place intimacy first.
    My week with the Lord was wonderful. I felt I was moving in the Lords direction. Felt His peace, joy had good prayer time. Stayed close and connected by staying in the
    Secret Place, reading the Bible, joined a Bible Study group on Thursday. The week was so amazing and I felt more connected than I ever did.
    By Friday evening everything changed. I went unchecked and that’s when the enemy decided to make his move. It was like a tornado inside me. It was a terrible feeling.
    Long story short…I called Jesus’s name and asked for help along with opening my Bible and scanning through it reading swiftly and praying until I felt the enemy’s grip release me. Today I feel I’m finally back. The enemy took me for a ride.
    I felt I had to start over….In the Secret Place with God. I know God is teaching me. I didn’t like the whole experience but I can look back and see certain things I didn’t see before.

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    1. Whew! That sounds like genuine contending! You are growing by leaps and bounds. You can never get too attached to the highs or too bothered by the lows. The consistency of faith is in the middle regardless of experience because it is founded on truth not feeling. So, rejoice when on the mountain and be patient in the valleys. But, you have learned that you can press through those attacks! How awesome! I am proud of you!

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  47. I prayed everyday this week. 5 days I prayed at a set time and place. I read chapter 13 again. It is warfare and I am surprised that it is getting harder. The time I have with God is awesome and 5 days is better than last week… so I continue to press through. The Holy Spirit inside me is infinitely tougher than any schemes of the enemy!!!

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    1. I can hear the fight in you Janice! That is awesome! God is going after some things in you and the enemy (who can’t help himself) winds up attacking and helping to reveal the things God is wanting to perfect. In this way even the enemy serves God’s purposes.

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  48. I prayed everyday last week in in my apartment and in my car. My prayer was sporadic throughout the day as I was on vacation. Even though at times I attempted to have some alone time with the Lord in my apartment I was it interrupted by a phone call or a doorbell ring from one of my neighbors that needed help.
    But I retreated to a nice long drive on Friday listening to worship music and had some alone time and praising the Lord. Saturday pretty much was my day of preparation for the expo praying and believing God that we wouldn’t have any distractions like last year with a missing person and a Church lockdown. I was grateful the EXPO was smooth running.

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  49. Greetings DPP family!

    I’m very thankful to say that I did get to make time to pray everyday last week! God is so faithful! Intimacy with Jesus was my first priority. Same (general) time, same place. Prayers were greatly greatly answered. All glory, honor, praise to my God, my precious Savior!

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    1. Hi Amber, sounds like you are walking in victory! I’m proud of you! Thanks for taking time to share. Don’t let anything or anybody derail what God is doing in your life!

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