I wrote this for my publisher’s Spiritual Sunday post and thought I would share it here as well.
Steps on Prayer
Have you ever wondered how to pray? This is something my kids struggle with – they don’t feel comfortable praying out loud because they don’t know how. Of course, I tell them there is no right or wrong way to pray, God hears us regardless.
But I was introduced to a method that I really liked and I’m using with my kids, so I thought I would pass it along to you. It’s called ACTS.
- First, you open your prayer with Adoration. Praise God for all that He is. Acknowledge that He is the Alpha and Omega.
- Second, Confession. This is where you admit your own shortcomings and ask for forgiveness.
- Following that is Thanksgiving. We have so much. Thank the Lord for everything, eleven if you’re not feeling it. Thank Him for the rain, your dishwasher, the roof over your head.
- Finally, end with Supplication. That’s just a fancy word for asking for things with a humble heart. Pray for your needs, but more than that, pray for the needs of others.
This is a simple way to build up your prayer life and a great method for introducing prayer to those that might be unfamiliar with it. Like I said, I do this with my kids at night before bed. We might go out of order sometimes, but it’s a handy way to stay in tune with our creator. Added to reading the Bible and studying scripture, it can help with creating a fulfilling life walking with the Lord.
God bless you all! I’m praying for you!