What follows are outlines to provide structure for a time of prayer. The first two are specifically designed to structure one hour of prayer. The two that follow are not so specific about the time required, and could take a longer or shorter period of time. Nevertheless, all these outlines are designed to support significant time in prayer – not just a minute or two.
Larry Lea’s Prayer Outline based on “the Lord’s Prayer” (explained in his book Could You Not Tarry One Hour?)
Various versions of this outline can be found on the web. Here are a few of them:
- from Larry Lea’s website
from Nanci Craig at her God’s Government Is Prayer website[Editorial note, September 15, 2016: It appears that this page is no longer being maintained, so the link no longer works.] from Shinsei no Sato Christian Church web site[Editorial note, August 17, 2014: It appears that this page is no longer being maintained, so the link no longer works.]
Dick Eastman’s Prayer Outline (explained in his book The Hour That Changes the World)
The A.C.T.S. Prayer Model (this outline is usually attributed to The Joseph Company)
Lectio Divina (doesn’t necessarily call for an hour in prayer)
Jesus’ teaching on prayer when explicitly asked about it (just a reminder that He is the expert on the subject)
Luke 11:1-13 (Note that this pericope turns the request made to Him in the first verse)
Matthew 6:9-13 – This teaching parallels, and therefore enhances that in Luke 11:1-13. Note also the context of Matthew 6:9-13, which, viewed in expanding fashion, is:
- Matthew 6:5-15 is a teaching on prayer as service to God, not a performance for people.
- Matthew 6:1-18 is a teaching on almsgiving, prayer, and fasting as service to God, not performances for peope.
- Matthew 5 – 7 is the Sermon on the Mount.
In the context of these outlines, you might remember the old hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”