Equip for Prayer

Equip Child for Prayer

Speak Lord; I’m Listening – Daily Bite-Size Encouragement – Day 30

ACTS Prayer Model

The ACTS Prayer Model is an easy way to equip ourselves in the area of prayer. Our prayer starts with Adoration (praise and honor), moves into Confession (includes repentance), celebrates with Thanksgiving (expressed appreciation), and then finishes with Supplication (bringing our needs and concerns before God).

Adoration

What an honor we have to bring our praise and worship before the King of kings and Lord of lords. To exalt and lift up the Majestic One, the great I AM, the Holy One of all.

‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!’ We worship and adore You, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Lion of Judah and Righteous Judge who executes judgment on evildoers.

‘Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You did create all things, and because of Your will, they exist, and were created.’

‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come!’ Holy is Your Name! O Prince of Peace and Mighty God. Worthy are You. Holy are You. We worship and adore You, O Lord.

We can use scripture, our own words, or a combination of the two. You can speak, sing, clap, sit, stand, walk, or dance. Just praise and adore Him from Your heart.

Confession

Confession is when we change our mind about a particular behavior to the point that we stop doing it. The behavior comes to an end out of conviction and is a part of repentance or regret being practiced or carried out by us.

I believe it is important when confessing sin that we give our sin to the Lord and leave it with Him on the altar. And I believe it is important to exchange our sin by receiving His forgiveness, cleansing, and healing.

Many people misunderstand confession and just confess their sin again and again with no change. They experience guilt, shame, and carry a big weight of condemnation on their shoulders, but that is not from the Lord. Stop.

When we give our sin to God and exchange it for His forgiveness, we walk away free, clean, and restored. Jesus paid the price for our sins on the Cross, and He gave His Holy Spirit to empower us to live free.

God convicts us of sin, so that we can confess it, be cleansed of it, healed and restored. There’s a big difference between the two ways:

  • Condemnation – guilt, shame, heavy burden.
  • Conviction – confessed, cleansed, healed, restored, free.

Let us confess ours faults to the Lord, be cleansed and healed.

Lord, I ask forgiveness where I have tried to do things in my own strength and with my own understanding. I turn away from my prideful ways. I humble myself before You and ask for ‘Your wisdom, Your understanding, Your insight, and Your counsel’ regarding the relationships and circumstances I am in right now.

I receive Your forgiveness, Your cleansing, and Your healing of my soul. I humble myself before You and receive a fresh infilling of Your Holy Spirit to empower me ‘to live, and move, and have my being’ in You today. I receive Your you’re your strength, and times of refreshing in Your Presence, O Lord.

Thanksgiving

Thank the Lord for who He is, for His goodness expressed to us emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, or in nature. Whatever bubbles up in your heart to thank Him for, just say what comes to your mind.

It’s not the words you say, but the sincere expression of your heart. Be authentic. Be you. Psalm 107 verse 1 says, “Now give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!”

Thank you for Your Presence, Lord. I love being in Your sweet Presence, basking in Your love, enjoying Your comforting arms about me. Thank you for loving so freely, generously, and graciously. I am humbled by Your kindness. Thank you for your mercies that are new every morning.

Thank you, Lord, for Your love, joy, and peace. Thank you that the ‘lines have fallen to me in pleasant places’ and I lack nothing. Thank you, Lord, that when we ‘wait upon You, we gain new strength; we mount up with wings like eagles, we run and do not become tired, we walk and do not become weary.’ Thank you for ‘grace, upon, grace’ to walk in the fullness of who You are. Thank you for loving me. Amen.

Supplication

Supplication is appealing to God for our needs. Being a gracious heavenly Father, He hears our every heart cry, silent petition, and spoken request. And He answers.

This is also the time to make request on behalf of family members, friends, or even strangers. Prayer is powerful. Praying for others is one of the kindest acts you can do for someone.

Lord, I ask for wisdom in how to walk with my neighbor in a loving and understanding way. Help me not to react in the flesh, but to respond in kindness. Help me walk in such a way that when he sees me, He thinks of You.

Lord, I lift up my friend to you. She is grieving the death of her father. I ask You to wrap Your arms of comfort around her that she would know You are near, You love her, and she is not alone. Help her to sleep at night, and to go deeper in trust with You. Thank you for giving her grace to walk this journey with her mother. Thank you for giving her wisdom in every decision.

I pray for my friend who has returned to drugs. Lord, I cry out for you to take away the desire for destructive substances. I ask that they would become distasteful to him and that he would even come to despise them. Lord, I ask that you would raise up a hunger and thirst for righteousness. Stir up a desire to know You. A desire to really know You in his heart. Reveal Yourself to Him, I pray. Let him find hope and purpose in You. Amen.

The Lord doesn’t want us to worry or be anxious about anyone or anything. He wants us to bring these people and situations to Him. Again, it’s like an exchange program – we give Him these people and situations, and He takes them. In exchange, He gives us a peace that passes understanding because we have ‘given’ them to Him and are trusting them with Him. And He is faithful to tend to matters. He is trustworthy!

Summary

ACTS Prayer Model is an easy way to equip ourselves in prayer. We can easily step into praying ourselves or teach others who desire to learn how to pray, but don’t know how. By sharing ACTS with them, they will be equipped to pray at any time in any place. As the saying goes,

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. ~Navajo Proverb

We can apply this principle to prayer.

Pray for a man, and you have prayed for him in the moment. Teach a man to pray, and you have equipped him for a lifetime. ~Lisa Blair

Prayer is good. I am not insinuating that we are not to get or give prayer, but I am encouraging both you and I to teach people how to pray, so they can pray themselves and are not completely dependent on others.

Today, who will you teach to pray using the ACTS Prayer Model?

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For more insights on using the ACTS Prayer Model Teaching Someone How to Pray: ACTS – Strength with Dignity

References:

A Revelation 19:6b, 5:9-10, 4:8b NASB

C Isaiah 11:2 NASB; Acts 17:28, 3:19 WEB

T  Psalm 107:1 AMPC; Galatians 5:22-23; Psalm 16:6; Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 40:30-31; John 1:16 NASB

Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

New American Standard Bible. Copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

Bible Scriptures were retrieved October 7, 2021, from https://www.biblegateway.com #bgbg2 #BibleGateway

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