Previously published by me on the Isaiah 53:5 Project
Prayer is tough. Some are prayer warriors, for whom communing with God is simply second nature, and they do it without thought. For others, including me, it is seemingly more difficult. Why is that? Well, the reasons can be many. We may see it as a cumbersome task to squeeze into an already busy day. We may not feel close enough to God to think we can speak with Him personally. In many cases, we just don’t know what to say! This of for those of us whose hearts are in the right place, but struggle to frame words which seem appropriate.
This is not a ritual or for praying, as we don’t need that, and God does not desire it. Prayer is no more than simply talking to God.
ACTS of Prayer
A is for Adoration
If we adore another person and want to show it, what would we do? We would TELL them! What would we tell them?
Tell Him you love Him
Tell Him the things you like about Him
Tell Him about His qualities that you admire.
Psalm 68:35 Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
Psalm 66:3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
C is for confession
We all sin, every day
Sin breaks our fellowship with God
With unconfessed sin, we don’t even have the right to pray for anything else
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
T is for Thanksgiving
Thank Him for saving us from our sin
Thank Him for the fact that we are alive to even be praying
Thank Him for previously answered prayers
We should thank Him for answered prayers before asking for more
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving
S is for Supplication or seeking His help
Really before we get to S, we should already have done A, C, and T
Pray for help for ourselves
Pray for help for others
Pray for our smallest needs, and our biggest
Intercede for others, such as brothers and sisters in Christ, or your pastor
Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Have we done our ACTS today?