Category: The ACTS

Supplication

The “S” in ACTS stands for supplication. Supplication means asking God for something for ourselves or for others. When you ask God for things try to think of others first and lift up your own needs last. This is the part if prayer where you talk to God about your grandmother who is sick or your dad who needs a job, or maybe even your best freind whose parents are getting a divorce. After you say your prayers for others, then you can pray for yourself. Be honest with God. Are you sad? Tell Him. Are you scared? Tell Him. Talk to Him as you would your very best friend, and rembember that your prayers are heard. Sometimes God doesnt answer our payers the way we would like Him to. God’s ways are higher than our ways!

So, what are you ? Do you treat God like you a vending machine when it comes to prayer? If so, your’re missing out on what prayer is all about. Put your change away and try using the ACTS model. It is important that you talk to God on a daily basis. You don’t have to wait untill bedtime to say your prayers. Get in the habit of talking to Him thoughout your day as things come up. He can’t wait to talk to you.

Over and Out

Lindsay A. Barth

Notes thanks to : Between by vicki courtney

Thanks!

The “T” in ACTS stands for thanks. I bet you can think of the one holiday when it’s easy to remember to thank God for his blessings. Thats right, Thanksgiving! Did you know that we’re supposed to have Thanksgiving all year long? That’s right everyday should be Thanksgiving, with or without the turkey and dressing! Is it easy to forget to thank God on regular basis. One way to remember is to use a payer journal. Start by taking a notebook , journal, or even a piece of paper would do fine and make a list of the things you are thankful for, Like your church, your friends, your home, ect… If you can’t think of anything , you should always be thankful for God’s son, Jesus, who died on the cross for you. With all that we have been blessed with we should have no problem thinking of things to thank God for. In addition to thanking God for the blessings he has given us , we should also thank Him for answering our prayers. Begin by taking that same prayer journal, notebook, and divide the pages into two columns. In one column, list you prayer request and in the other column mark how and when the prayer was answered, even if the answer was “no”!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Almost there! Just the “S” left! Come join us later in the week to complete our series! 🙂

Over and Out

Lindsay A . Barth

Confession

The “C” of Acts stands for confession. Confession basically telling God about when we’ve done something wrong and feeling sorry for it. When I get to the confession part of my payer time , I try to be specific in ways that I have been wrong that day rather than simply saying “ Forgive me for my sins”. Confessing our sin everyday helps us to remember that sin is serious to God. As you confess your sins to God, remember that no sin is too big for him to forgive. Our part is to admit our sins. His part is forgiveness.

Look at this scripture that takes part with what we are talking about.

1 John 1:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us oursins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We are half way there! Come join me next week for the TS of ACTS of prayer.

Adoration

The “A” of ACTS stands or adoration. Adoration simply means to brag on God. We should start prayer by praising God for how awesome he is. When you pray, start by remembering what you love about God and “adoring” him for those things. Examples would be praising him for his perfection, his enormous power, his ability to forgive us, his control of all the earth and the skies, his desire to love us completely, his gift of Jesus, ect… The list goes on and on! You can praise God for anything. Praising God-adoration-helps us take the focus off ourselves and direct our attention to God. We will continue this quest on the ACTS of prayer next time.

Over and out

Lindsay A.  Barth