One word guaranteed to cause any Christian to feel guilty is the word ‘prayer’! We all know we ought to pray, but for one reason or another we can often find it very difficult. Knowing what or how to pray might just encourage us to pray more. Enter the prayer acrostic ACTS.
As you pray, work your way through the acrostic in this way:
Adoration – start prayer simply by praising God for who he is. Think through and acknowledge a few of his attributes.
Confession – thinking on God’s perfections should lead naturally to thinking about our imperfections, so next step is to confess all known sin. The promise being if we do so Jesus will forgive all our sin (1 John 1:9)
Thanksgiving – thank God for all he has done, is doing and will do in the future.
Supplication – here we cast our cares on the Lord knowing he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7), pray for the conversion of the lost and for the spiritual growth of self and others.