An awesome thing happened the other night as we were preparing for bed, I caught my kids committing intentional ACTS of prayer. My heart rejoiced in knowing they had not only listened to the study we had a few nights earlier on prayer but they actually “heard” what was being taught.
As a family we started our year off with a 21 day modified Daniel fast. Fasting is something that we believe in and practice, however we had not done an extended length fast as an entire family.
To help the kids better understand fasting and it’s purpose we studied Daniel. We looked at how he fasted and how God responded. The study on fasting quickly led into a discussion on praying and how Daniel prayed. We talked about the different ways Daniel prayed and how he incorporated certain factors such as confession and supplication. We also examined David and how he incorporated adoration and thanksgiving.
As we were talking I remembered a prayer pattern acronym I had learned early in my walk. I decided to teach it to the kids as a tool to help enhance their prayer lives. The acronym is ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
We talked about the importance of including each of these components into your daily prayer time. They don’t necessarily have to fall in that order, but incorporating them on some level will only serve to build and increase their prayer lives. I’ll share with you the basis of ACTS that I shared with them:
When you begin your prayer time with adoration – you are making it all about the Father. Your are focusing on Him rather than yourself or your needs.
Adoration is worship, and when we worship we are loving God with all of our heart, mind and soul. In adoration we are blessing the Lord, just because He is…
Confession allows us to come clean before the Lord. To be transparent regarding our faults and shortcomings. To be washed and cleansed. 1st John 1:8-9 says: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
It is our time to say thank you, to verbalize our thankfulness for all that the Lord has done.
Psalms 100:4 says; enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Supplication or making intercession is when we pray for others and ourselves. It is where we pray for our leaders- church, nation and other. We can and should also pray regarding things that are transpiring in the world.
Our children have grown up in a praying household and have been steeped, soaked and bathed in prayer from the time of their conception until now and beyond. Having lived in a house of prayer – so to speak, prayer is a very important part of their lives and they have each developed a prayer life of their own. However I don’t ever want to take this for granted. I know that just as I need to continuously grow in my walk so must they, at their level of course.
I can only share my joy in so many words at hearing them pray and committing what I call intentional ACTS of prayer. This showed me they are receiving what we are teaching, they understand what is being taught and more importantly they are open to improving, growing and furthering their prayer lives and walks with the Lord.
This inspired me and I hope it inspires you as well, to be open to growing and improving my walk and prayer life. As Well Watered Women we must drink deep from the well of prayer. It causes us to be refreshed, replenished and renewed. Are you feeling thirsty today? I invite you to meet me at the well, together we can commit intentional ACTS of prayer.
Below you will find a few scriptures to go along with the ACTS of prayer.
Until next time,
Psalm 86: 9
2 Chronicles 7:14
1 John 1:9
1st Timothy 2: 1-4