This past Sunday the sermon was on prayer, and I referenced Henri Nouwen’s labeling of prayer as “the only necessary thing.” Nouwen has said that “A spiritual life without prayer is like the Gospel without Christ.” So how does one pray? Is there a formula that can help?
One helpful method for many involves the A.C.T.S. model. Here’s how it works. When you begin to pray, start first with ADORATION. Tell God how much you love Him, and tell him why. Name some of His great attributes, and speak to his character.
Then move to CONFESSION. We all have sin that needs confessed, and, remember, prayer is the best bath there is for cleaning our souls.
The “T” stands for THANKSGIVING. Tell God the things you are thankful for in life. Our gratitude needs to be expressed, and expressing it to God blesses His heart just as it blesses ours.
Last, move to SUPPLICATION. This is a fancy word that means “asking” for needs to be met. The actual definition is “the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.” Use a prayer list. Pray for your needs and the needs of others. Ask away! It’s God’s good and gracious goal to bless your socks off!
Here’s one more quote from Nouwen: “The only way to pray is to pray, and the way to pray well is to pray much.” As the saying goes, just do it. And, remember, if you would like to have a conversation about prayer and how to dive deeper, know that I would love to meet with you. Also, Rev. Jill Shaw is leading a class on experiential prayer that meets on Wednesday nights. She would love to have you join!
Prayer was the first topic in our Fall Discipleship series. What else do disciples of Jesus Christ do? Come Sunday and see!