Have you ever been stumped as to what to pray for? OR Have you heard of the ACTS technique of praying or Acts method of prayer, but had no idea what it meant or how to perform it?
If you’ve ever found your mind wandering during prayer, you know that praying entails more than simply sitting down and be praying, then I bet you, you aren’t alone… This post will teach you how to pray using the ACTS method.
By the end of this post, you’ll be able to recite the ACTS prayer acronym and have a guide to help you get started, so follow up with me.
In any case, I hope you find encouragement to help you deepen your prayer time with God.
Today, we’ll start with a well-known abbreviation: (ACTS).
Example of acts prayer
The room was quiet, and I was thinking about a lot of things. I was unsure if God had received my prayers. Did God really care about my prayers? What would I say if He did? I’m not sure where to begin. I was filled with skepticism.
“I don’t know what to say,” I slowly gasped out after what felt like a lifetime. “You’re just having a discussion with God,” I’m actually joking, right?
When I’m stumped for words, I return to the ACTS prayer process. To be honest, my prayers these days are naturally arranged according to the ACTS prayer pattern.
I have to be very deliberate when it comes to praying. It just doesn’t come easy to me. God, on the other hand, commands us to pray without ceasing.
..Continue to pray… 5:17 in 1 Thessalonians
Paul encourages us to confidently approach the throne room in search of more mercy and grace.
Let us then confidently approach God’s throne of grace in order to obtain compassion and discover grace to assist us in our time of need. 4:16 Hebrews
And we can rest convinced that He hears His people’s petitions.
This is the assurance we have when approaching God: that if we pray in accordance with his desire, he will hear us. And if we know he hears us – no matter what we ask – we know we’ve gotten what we asked for. 1 John 5:14-15; 1 John 5:16-17;
Because the Lord’s eyes are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers, but the Lord’s face is set against those who do evil. 3:12 1 Peter
Then you’ll come to me and pray to me, and I’ll pay attention to you. When you seek me with all of your heart, you will find me. 29:12-13 Jeremiah 29:12-13 Jeremiah 29:12-13 Jeremiah 29
So here’s the real question: why wouldn’t we pray to the One who has the power to change everything in an instant?
Let’s take a look at the ACTS prayer approach and see how we might use it to start praying.
What this ACTS is All About
You’ve probably heard of this abbreviation for prayer if you’ve spent enough time in church. It is often regarded as the most effective method of prayer. I wouldn’t call it that (after all, it’s not the approach Jesus taught His disciples), but I like how it lets me trade my worries for God’s, balancing my own demands with a fair dose of worship and appreciation. I know I need to be reminded that prayer isn’t just about me on a regular basis. I’ll get to that later.
Each letter in ACTS indicates a different aspect of prayer. Here’s a quick rundown:
ACTS Prayer Acronym
A – Adoration
C – Confession
T – Thanksgiving
S – Supplication
Acts method of prayer
Begin by adoring God for who He truly is. Concentrate on His personality and characteristics.
You are worthy of glory, respect, and power, our Lord and God, for you created all things, and they were made and have they are being by your will.” 4:11 (Revelation)
“Thank You, God, for being trustworthy and kind,” for example. You’ve never broken a promise, and you’ll follow through on whatever you say. I adore You because You are all-knowing. You’re situated above the heavens, watching over the cosmos, but you don’t miss a single detail. You even look after the sparrows and count every hair on my head. You know everything there is to know about me, but you still adore me…”
Try using the A-Z Worship experience to get your creative juices flowing if you’re running out of things to praise God for. You won’t want to stop once you get started!
Because we were made to honor God, it’s critical that we begin our prayer time with our eyes and emotions fixed on Him (Psalm 96).
When we remember who God is, our entire universe becomes clearer. Personally, I’ve found that spending time in worship renews my desire to pray; when I remind myself that God is powerful and loving, I’m ready to pour out my heart to Him. He is capable of caring for us as well as desiring to do so. That should be enough to motivate us to pray.
Whoever hides their crimes will not succeed, but whoever confesses and repents will be forgiven. 28:13 (Proverbs)
After that, go to God and confess your sins. After you’ve written down everything that comes to mind, ask God to search your heart and disclose any secret sins you’ve ignored (Psalm 139:23-24).
We allow sins to collect in our life much too often, and we disregard them because “well, God already forgave them on the cross.”
However, Scripture instructs us to confess our sins to God, to name, admit, and ask for forgiveness for them. And once we’ve done that, we can rest assured that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness because He is faithful and just (1 John 1:9). However, just because the outcome certainly does not negate the necessity for confession. In fact, knowing that we are forgiven should encourage us to confess.
You may also recognize that you need to pay reparations to someone or seek forgiveness from someone you’ve mistreated during your confession. Don’t wait any longer. If you’re in the middle of worship and recall that someone has a dispute with you, rush over and seek reconciliation, as Jesus urges. Then return to your place of worship and continue your prayers (Matthew 5:23-24). Every believer’s spiritual health depends on his or her ability to confess.
Let them offer thanks to the Lord for his unending love and amazing works for people, for he quenches thirst and feeds the hungry. 107:8-9 Psalm 107:8-9
It’s time to give appreciation for the many blessings God has bestowed upon you after you’ve accepted the pardon.
Unlike worship, which is focused on who God is, gratitude is focused on what God has done.
Thank God for the necessities of life, such as food, clothing, shelter, family, and friends. Thank Him for the important things in life, like salvation, forgiveness, an eternal home, friendship with brothers and sisters, and spiritual gifts. Thank Him for the small things that show He cares, like the flowers that are blooming in your yard, the beautiful sunrise that greeted you this morning, and even the unexpected sale on that kitchen staple you usually run out of.
If you’re having trouble concentrating, consider writing down your gratitude list. Various of my friends have a running list of the many gifts God has bestowed upon them, both large and small, in their homes, and they refer to it anytime they’re cranky or want to complain.
“Give thanks in all everything,” the Bible says, “for this is God’s wish for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:18). So get into the practice of offering thanks every day. These daily reminders from Ann Voskamp can help you think imaginatively and see God’s gifts in the smallest of places if you don’t know what to be thankful for. And the Lord is pleased.
Do not be concerned about anything; instead, present your requests to God in every situation via prayer and supplication, together with thanksgiving. In Christ Jesus, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds. 4:6–7 Philippians 4:6–7 Philippians 4:6–7 Philippians 4:
Have you noticed how we left our requests for last? That was done on purpose. Everything, even my prayer requests, changes once I’ve gone through Adoration, Confession, and Thanksgiving. My self-centered requests have been replaced by a God-given perspective on what to ask for.
This is the time to lay your worries at God’s feet. Pour out your heart to Him about whatever you’re anxious about, and beg Him to intervene powerfully. Ask with confidence and boldness, yet without being pushy. God is a loving Father who offers good gifts to His children, not a genie in a bottle (Matthew 7:11). Ask, and then trust Him to do what He thinks is best.
That concludes the ACTS method of prayer. It’s a simple acronym to remember, and each portion of prayer can take as much or as little time as you like. This is also a wonderful approach to teach our children how to pray, instilling in them the understanding that prayer is more about allowing God to transform us rather than us telling God what to do.
Acts prayer example
The A.C.T.S. Method of prayer is not the only way to pray, but it is a very effective technique to commune with God.
With our little effort, we’ll never be able to persuade God to change his mind.
We’ll never be able to change His mind. (Thank you, God!)
When we pray with this Acts guide, the most amazing thing that happens is that He changes our hearts.
To help you recap, the following are the Acts method of prayer, to yield results effectively:
- A – Adoration
- C – Confession
- T – Thanksgiving’
- S – Supplication
So my friend continues praying without season.
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