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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lord Teach Me To Pray

A.C.T.S. is an acronym for a model of prayer that offers to God our adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. It is often difficult to pray. Perhaps we don't really know how to pray. Sometimes we may not feel we're "qualified" to pray, or we feel we don't have the right to pray for some reason.

Using the ACTS model for prayer, it will be very easy to pray, even if you've never really prayed in the past. ACTS praying doesn't require any great knowledge of or study about prayer, but praying in this way is personal, effective, and powerful.

This method of prayer is ideal even for young children with a limited vocabulary or for those inexperienced at prayer. Seasoned prayers can use it too. There are many references to the various elements of ACTS prayer in the Bible, so we can be assured it is proper and appropriate to follow this model.

In Philippians chapter 4, verse 6, the apostle Paul writes, "Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Paul's letter to his student and friend, Timothy, states, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [1 Timothy 2:1]. Learn this method by reading the rest of my article at Associated Content, A.C.T.S. - A Model for Prayer.


Blessings on your journey,
Mary

8 comments:

Connie Arnold said...

I had learned about this previously and forgotten it. Thank you for the reminder, Mary, it's a great way to pray!

Andrea said...

Mary,
You continue to inspire me. I do not know how you accomplish all you do accept through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for being my friend.
Love and hugs,
andrea

rcubes said...

Thanks for sharing this great acronym. True, sometimes, I don't know how to start, I don't know what to pray about...But I'm also grateful that He:
A ctually
C ontinues to
T each me and help me through the
S pirit

God bless sister Mary! Have a great weekend.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great post...Thanks for sharing...

Nana Jul said...

Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication.
Simple, yet wonderful!
Thanks Mary, and perfectly timed!
Love,
Julie

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Nikki (Sarah) said...

you do inspire Mary....hugs to you. Sarah

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