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Pastor's 2 Day Prayer Retreat

This is primarily a pastor's retreat schedule since weekends are his busiest time it is almost impossible to take a weekend for prayer. It is two full days to allow time for prayer and planning. The added time on Tuesday morning provides for interaction and sharing your experiences with other pastors, or you can use it for quiet sermon preparation. We recommend a least 5 pastors for corporate times. It does require that he have Sunday evening free or leave later for the prayer retreat.

We encourage serious intercessors to go on retreat two or three times per year. You will find it refreshing. Finding adequate time to get away is always a chore. Many jobs allow for personal days or vacation days which are ideal for this. We suggest taking a personal day two or three times a year on Fridays to give yourself the most amount of time to pray.

Sunday to Tuesday Retreat

Sunday Evening
6 p.m. Supper and Orientation - A Strategy Alone With God
7 p.m. Worship Together
8 p.m. Quiet time to "be still," walk and pray
9 p.m. Journaling - "Tell God why you came."
10 p.m. Fellowship time
11 p.m. Bed time

Monday
7 a.m. Breakfast - Orientation
8 a.m. Worship Together
9 a.m. God time!
10 a.m. God time!
11 a.m. God time!
12:30 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. Take a Nap
2 p.m. God time!
3 p.m. God time!
4 p.m. God time!
5:30 p.m. Supper hour - You could leave or stay on.
7 p.m. God time!
8 p.m. God time!
9 p.m. God time!
10 p.m. Fellowship time
11:00 p.m. Bed Time

Tuesday
7 a.m. Breakfast - You could leave or stay on.
8 a.m. Worship Together
9 a.m. God time!
10 a.m. God time!
11 a.m. God time!
12:30 p.m. Lunch - You could leave or stay on.

1 p.m. Take a Nap
2 p.m. Prayer or Study Time!
3 p.m. Prayer or Study Time!
4 p.m. Prayer or Study Time!
5 p.m. Worship Together - Communion Service
5:30 p.m. Supper hour- Adjournment & Benediction

The pastor can leave for home or spend the night with the extra time for sermon preparation and leave in the morning.

The days are arranged in 3-hour blocks for prayer. This is my personal style for an ordered and disciplined time of extended prayer. There will be some who find it difficult or unrewarding to be so disciplined. Feel free to organize the day according to your prayer rhythms.