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Biblical Prayers for Spiritual Awakening Prayer Guide


Hal and Cheryl Sacks

Every Monday at BridgeBuilders we use this Biblical Prayers for Spiritual Awakening prayer guide to help us saturate Arizona with prayers for a fresh move of God.Click here for more FREE materials from the BridgeBuilders site.

This guide can be used to pray for a spiritual awakening anywhere not just in Arizona—  you can adapt it to your own prayer needs.


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Why Can’t I Pray Effectively On My Own?

OK, maybe you knew you couldn’t pray effectively on your own— but I didn’t know that when I first became a Christian.

Spirit-Led Prayer

I’ll get to the “WHY” question later but first my testimony on my prayer journey.

I thought I prayed pretty good on my own— God was more like my personal butler. That sounds funny now— but I didn’t realize I couldn’t pray effectively on my own.

I’ll be honest— when Dick and I came to the Lord all we knew was, our sins were forgiven and if we died, we’d go to heaven to be with Jesus. We were saved for a number of years before we even heard about the Holy Spirit— let alone being Spirit led.

And any way— what did the Holy Spirit have to do with prayer anyway?

“A similar thing happens when we pray. We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words.”

I couldn’t believe that verse was in the Bible! “We are weak and do not know how to pray.” Why hadn’t I seen it before? (Probably because I thought I was a giant in praying).

I must confess— It’s been years and the Holy Spirit is still teaching me about Spirit led prayer.

Earlier on my journey of learning to pray— I came to the place where I knew I needed help. I bought everything I could get my hands on about prayer— all the different authors and teachers only confused me.

Until— I read the scripture in Romans 8:26.

Jesus said in John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

Imagine having a master teacher to teach you about prayer. Well, the Holy Spirit IS your master teacher. In the scripture above it says he will teach us all things. When I read that verse years ago— I knew that I knew that Spirit led prayer is included in the “all things”.

When you read the words Paul wrote in Romans 8:26 below— it becomes clear it was through his own prayer journey he could write those words.

“the Spirit helps us ·with [or in] our weakness. We do not know ·how to pray as we should [or what we ought to pray for]. But the Spirit himself ·speaks to God for us [intercedes] with ·deep feelings [groanings] ·that words cannot explain [or that are inexpressible; or that are unspoken; or too deep for words].” EXB Tranlation

I, like Paul, came to the place— where I could agree with him. There were times and still times today, in my weakness I don’t know how to pray or even what to pray for. Oh for my precious teacher and helper— I’m totally dependent on him.

Think about it— of all the words Paul could have chosen. What did he choose? That’s right— he chose the word “weakness”.

It’s hard for some people to admit their weakness when it comes to praying but you will eventually get to that place.

Paul concluded the only one who can help us is the Spirit. Oh, that we would come to that place sooner.

Look again what Romans 8:26 says, even when we want to pray— we don’t know how. I can’t tell you the countless times I’ve been there.

When you read Paul’s prayers— you get a personal, up close glimpse into his prayer life. In the beginning he probably experienced frustrating times and failures in praying and began to realize he needed help— he needed assistance.

Paul’s prayer life grew as he came to realize he had a helper and your prayer life can grow and thrive too because you have the same helper Paul had.

I came to the place where I had hope because I had help.

Now to answer the question,

“Why Can’t I Pray Effectively On My Own?”

  • because of my weakness and
  • because I need a helper 

I can’t think of a better place to start learning about Spirit led prayer.

Claim the fact you are weak in your prayer life and claim the fact you need a helper and experience answers to your prayers.

“Spirit-led prayer is extremely powerful. It clears the way for God to change you by teaching you to stop trying to change God. He is who He is and He always does what He thinks is best, regardless of what anyone wants.

The sooner we recognize this and seek to align with His agenda, the stronger our bond with Him will become. Go for the higher thing. Ask the Spirit to help you learn how to let Him direct your prayers.”

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Keep Your Focus On the Supernatural Miracles Of God


Dick and I have been in ministry over 40 years. We operate in the supernatural strength of God’s power— we need his miraculous strength to just operate on a daily basis.

What about the miracle you need?

His enabling grace and provision for every need is beyond natural understanding.

We believe him for the miraculous— we hope you do too.

Jesus says in Matthew 19:26,

“. . .But with God, all things are possible.”

I can also identify with others when they say, ”we’ve prayed time and again, but nothing ever changes.” I’ve been there too—  I can identify.

I have to remind myself from to time, about how God has moved in our lives in the past and refocus on the supernatural miracle working God we serve.

I have said many times to the Father, I don’t know how you could ever possibly accomplish this. Sometimes I say, I don’t know how I know, but I know it SHALL come to pass— and I have a deep abiding peace.

Other times Romans 8:26-27 comes to my mind,

“A similar thing happens when we pray. We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words.

Don’t you know that He who pursues and explores the human heart intimately knows the Spirit’s mind because He pleads to God for His saints to align their lives with the will of God?”

Don’t you know those verses are for you—  right where you are right now.

The Spirit is pleading to God for you to align your life with the will of God so,

  1. Keep your focus on God
  2. Keep your focus on God’s Promises
  3. Keep your focus on the supernatural miracles of God

May you come to know the Holy Spirit’s presence in your daily prayer life and may you become a person passionate in prayer and focus.




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Focus On the Promises Of God


Keep Your Focus On The Promises Of God

God’s Word contains literally thousands of promises waiting to be spoken afresh into our spirit.

One of many things I’ve learned over the years is there is no substitute for God’s word.  Jesus said, “My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately, and they follow Me”.

That means you act on what God speaks to you. That’s how Jesus lived his life.

Whenever the day comes and you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He.

It will be clear then that I am not acting alone, but that I am speaking the things I have learned directly from the Father.

The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not abandoned Me because I always do what pleases Him. (John 8:28-29)

What are you learning directly from the Father?

There’s many things we can substitute for God’s word. In other words, you can’t replace praising him for the word of God.

I’m learning more and more how true Deuteronomy 8:2-3 is—  it says,

2 Remember how the Eternal, your True God, led you through the wilderness these past 40 years. He did this to humble you, to test you, to uncover your motivations, to see if you would obey His commands.

3 He humbled you by making you hungry when there was no food in the desert. Then He fed you with manna, a food you and your ancestors had never heard of. He did this because He wanted you to understand that what makes you truly alive is not the bread you eat but following every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.

We need the Word of God more than ever before. The church is coming into a season where everyone must hear God for themselves—  the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desire it more than we do. Again you cannot substitute something else for the word of God.

God’s people are rising up with a passion to hear his word like never before.

Of course reading and having personal Bible study is not the only way God speaks to his children— but it is an important way that cannot be neglected.

God gets to me with a message in every area of my life, if I am willing to listen for His voice. I need to be so established in the Word of God that no circumstance of any kind moves me.

So that when I feel – oh, please hear this accurately – when I feel the weakest, I can rise to the greatest strength for someone who is weaker.

I can rise above my own circumstances because of Who it is that is resident in me, enabling me to minister to others in spite of my own circumstances. — Iverna Tomkins

God’s promises regarding prayer— “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. . .”

Remember go to the right door.

“Quit talking to all the people who can’t help you.”

The last part of the Scripture in Matthew is,

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Over the years the Lord has changed some of the things I desired—  for the things he desires for me— so I don’t even miss the things I desired.

Hopefully you are finding this in your own life also.

I heard someone say one time, “I don’t ever again want to want what You don’t want to give me. If You don’t want me to have it, then I don’t want to want it!”

Dick and I have both come to that place!

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Focus On God

magnify the Lord

Focus On God.

I talked about the five things NOT to focus on in prayer and now I want to show you where your focus should be.

These are some things I have learned over the years that I wish I would have learned sooner.


1. Focus on God. Paul the apostle often prayed for Christians to grow in their knowledge of God. It was one of the things he prayed often for the churches.

I read “The Existence and Attributes of God” by Stephen Charnock years ago and it’s a classic work on the attributes of God. In the Kindle version it includes hyperlinks to all chapters and sells for $.99 on Amazon.

Oh, to truly know Him and who He is. I confess there is so much more of Him I don’t know then I do. To know Him more is my prayer for you and me.

In our day and age it’s easy to focus on the state of the nation, the sate of our city, the state of our homes, etc. We can become discouraged and begin to lose hope when all we focus on is the negativity. Of course there is a time and place to speak about all those issues.

But when we go to God in prayer we need to see Him in a fresh way.

“And I will be for you as a father, and you will be for Me as sons and daughters,” Says the Lord Almighty!”

“I in them and You in Me, that they may be refined so that all will know that You sent Me, and You love them in the same way You love Me.”

When I began seeing God like this— I wanted to be in His presence.

I remember one time, I could only manage to say, “Jesus.” And it was enough for a powerful answer to prayer. I will never forget it— there wasn’t enough time to pray a “good prayer.”

Years ago a friend told me God’s telephone number— it’s in Jeremiah 33:3,

Call upon Me and I will answer and show you great peace and mighty things you don’t know.

Romans 8:26-27 says,

“A similar thing happens when we pray. We are weak and do not know how to pray, so the Spirit steps in and articulates prayers for us with groaning too profound for words.

Don’t you know that He who pursues and explores the human heart intimately knows the Spirit’s mind because He pleads to God for His saints to align their lives with the will of God? “

Everyone is weak from time to time and just do not know how to pray— thank God for the Spirit who steps in at those times.

Knowing we are a child of the most High God makes all the difference in the world when it comes to coming into His presence. Nothing is impossible with Him.

magnify the Lord

It is always healthy to magnify the Lord and not focus upon the problems of our lives.

“The more we magnify the Lord the smaller our problems will appear.” –Mike Herron

Remember as you go to God in prayer— keep your focus on Him.