I was introduced to Dick Eastman’s book, The Hour that Changes the World, during my seminary days. Eastman suggests that you divide one hour into 12 periods of five minutes each. Once you’ve spent 5 minutes in any one area of prayer, move to the next. Before you know it, you will have prayed for an hour. For those desiring to pray, this is a tremendous tool. It may be the most important hour of the day, hence, the hour that changes the world.
(1) Praise: Recognize God’s Nature (Ps. 63:3).
Giving God praise by remembering his character is a great way to start your prayer.
(2) Waiting: Silent Soul Surrender (Ps. 46:10)
To be complete, prayer benefits from an early, significant dose of spiritual silence.
(3) Confession: Temple Cleansing Time (Ps. 139:23)
A time of confession allows you to verbalize your spiritual shortcomings and admit where you’ve sinned.
(4) Scripture Praying: Word Enriched Prayer (Jer. 23:29)
Quoting the Scripture and reflecting upon it during our prayer time is sure to increase our faith.
(5)Watching: Develop Holy Alertness (Col. 4:2)
Jesus commanded us to watch and pray. We ought to be vigilant in our holy alertness.
(6)Intercession: Remember the World (1 Tim. 2:1-2)
By intercession we remember to pray for others. We plead to God for their needs.
(7)Petition: Share Personal Needs (Matt. 7:7)
Petition reminds us that God is often waiting to give until we ask of him.
(8)Thanksgiving: Confess my Blessings (1 Thes. 5:18)
God has richly blessed us, recalling them we give God thanks.
(9)Singing: Worship in Song (Ps. 100:2)
Using our voice in worship is something God desires. Why limit it to Sundays only?
(10)Meditation: Ponder Spiritual Themes (Josh 1:8)
Meditating upon key Biblical ideas unites our heart with his, and prepares us to listen.
(11)Listening: Receive Spiritual Instruction (Ecc. 5:2)
This time of quiet reflection in prayer reminds us to not do all the talking.
(12)Praise: Recognize God’s Nature (Ps. 52:9)
Prayer should begin and end with praise for the Lord.
Note: For more information on The Hour that Changes the World I recommend you order the book. With over 500,000 copies in print many have benefited from this tool to both deepen and lengthen their prayer experience.