Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)
Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (KJV)
How do you pray?
The Lord’s prayer is the model for prayer. A.C.T.S. is an easy way to remember the key elements of prayer. It’s simply prayer in four parts:
A – Adoration
Tell God how much you appreciate Him. Express your love for Him. Praise His power and majesty.
1 Chronicles 29:11All that is great and powerful and glorious and victorious and majestic is Yours, O Eternal One. Indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth belongs to You. The kingdom belongs to You, O Eternal One, and You are the head of it all. (The Voice )
C – Confession
Tell Him where you have fallen short. Be specific. Thank Him for the forgiveness you have in Christ, and ask for help and strength to turn away from future temptations.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)
T – Thanksgiving
You have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Thank God for His love, His faithfulness, His patience. Take the time to think about what God has done and then take the time to thank Him.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (KJV)
S – Supplication
Tell God what you want, no matter how small it seems to you.
Ephesians 6:18a praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, (New King James Version)
Ephesians 6:18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
There is no one greater to talk to about your life with. In prayer you will find a confidant, a teacher, refuge, strength, a burden bearer and so much more.
In your prayers and praise, you can run to Jehovah Metsudhathi [ja-hō-va meth-sūd-hī-thī ] (The LORD My High Tower) and be safe.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I didn’t ever think about being excited to talk to You, but I am now. When I have good news, I can’t wait to tell my friends and loved ones. It never occurred to me to come to You with the same enthusiasm. Now I come, to thank You because I recognize whatever happened, would never have happened without You. But I also come because I am excited to hear what You have to say. I am motivated in the time I spend with You. When I have not-so-good news I come to You because You are Jehovah Metsudhathi. I can remember, years ago, I wrote my prayers, and I used the A.C.T.S. model to talk to You. It was important for me to follow the model, step by step. I wanted to make sure I approached You the right way and I said the right things to You. It was the answer Jesus gave the disciples when they asked Him to teach them to pray; so, it was the one for me. Though I still use this model, in some form, I have come to know prayer does not have to be regimented. Prayer is having a conversation with You. I understand we’re not peers and I’m glad about it. I come to You, honoring You for Your Majesty, confessing all the things I’ve done, asking for forgiveness when needed, thanking You for Your blessings and sharing my life. The most important thing I do is listen to You for guidance; so I can continue to honor You. I thank You for Your grace and Your mercy. Please continue to draw me closer to You…