I lived in the Washington DC area for a number of years and wanted to make good use of my automobile commute time. It was normally about 45 minutes each way, but traffic and accidents on the DC beltway could make the time much longer. In particular, I had read The Tongue – A Creative Force by Charles Capps, and wanted to pray the confessions he put together. I had tried writing prayers on note cards. This proved ineffective in heavy traffic, as I did not want to take my eyes off the road. I also knew I couldn’t just record a cassette tape of the confessions. I had a prayer tape from a pastor, but it was difficult to memorize the whole tape. The pastor would often be halfway through a verse before I would remember it. It was not an effective way to pray.
Then I had an idea. I could make a tape with a brief introduction of each confession, to jog my memory to be able pray along with the verse. I had typed the confessions in plural form so I could pray for me and my house per Joshua 24:15. (Images below.) I wanted to say each confession twice, so these are the first three confessions as I recorded them.
We are the body. We are the body of Christ and Satan has no power over me and my house. For we overcome evil with good. We are the body of Christ and Satan has no power over me and my house. For we overcome evil with good.
We are of God. We are of God and have overcome him (Satan). For greater is He that is in me and my house, than he that is in the world. We are of God and have overcome him (Satan). For greater is He that is in me and my house, than he that is in the world.
We will fear no evil. We will fear no evil for thou art with me and my house, Lord, Your Word and Your Spirit they comfort me and my house. We will fear no evil for thou art with me and my house, Lord, Your Word and Your Spirit they comfort me and my house.
This worked wonderfully well! After just a few times the slight memory jog for each confession was enough I could pray right along with myself on the tape. A few months later I recorded the “Material Needs” and “Wisdom and Guidance” on the back of the tape as an alternative to rewinding. Around 2005 I converted them to MP3s. I still use them. I will often walk around the house praying along with the iPhone in my shirt pocket. I made a few mistakes and there is tape hiss, but I don’t notice the hiss when I’m praying along with it. Feel free to download and use these. And of course, feel free to use this technique to record your own prayers.
All I have is printouts of my script. It was probably an AmiPro document that was lost on a hard disk crash on a PC that was too old to be networked, and whose floppy drive had failed. No, USB memory sticks were not an option in the 1990’s. 🙂 Images
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