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5/23/2016

Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth... Psa. 86:11 (NKJV)

I love to see the honesty of King David’s prayers within the pages of the Old Testament. He was straightforward and transparent when he approached God, telling Him, “Teach me Your way, O Lord.”

Prayer is an amazing gift given to us by our Lord, and there is great power and responsibility to use it continuously. Prayer is how we communicate to God, and it is essential if we are going to have a relationship with Him and be empowered to live in victory, freedom, strength, and joy in our Christian walk. 

We do not need a major in theology, nor do we need to be a Bible expert to know how to pray, but God has given us great insight through His word to guide and teach us with regard to prayer. I like to use the acronym A.C.T.S. to outline my prayers unto the Lord. It stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. I would like to share an outline to better help illustrate how this can help us in our time of prayer.

A – Adoration

·      We should always spend time at the beginning of your prayer to praise God for who He is (Matt. 6:9).

·      Praise Him for the times of mercy, and the times of trials and tribulation—knowing that these times are shaping and strengthening us.

·      Thank Him for being faithful when we are faithless (2 Tim 2:13).

·      Be still before Him and enjoy His presence (see Ps. 46:10).

·      Give yourself some time at the end of your time of prayer to allow God to speak to you. This can be done through His Word and Spirit (see Ps. 40:1-3; 90:12-17).

·      Praise the Lord by using His promises contained in His Word within your prayer. (See Ps. 84; Rev. 4:8; 5:9-10, 12-13 Example  "Blessed is the man whose strength is in You")

C – Confession

·      Confession should be a continual process. It simply means we have come in agreement with God that what we did was not His will (see Matt. 6:9-13; 1 John 1:9). Repentance should accompany our confession, which means turning from our sin.

·      We should take some time each day when praying to ask the Lord to search our heart for areas that displease Him (see Ps. 139:23-24).

·      We should ask God to cleanse our heart of any sin (see Ps. 51:10-13).

·      Then we must accept His forgiveness and cleansing (see Jer. 31:34). Failure to do so is akin to saying that Jesus’ payment was somehow insufficient.

T – Thanksgiving

·      Giving thanks for all things should be a part of our prayers (See Phil. 4:6-7).  For example:

·      We can give thanks for things such as our health, provision, His grace, the challenge we may be going through, and even for His perfect plan for the situations we are facing.

·      We can be thanking God for specific things such as answered prayers, opportunities which would include open and closed doors of opportunity, His guidance, etc.

·      Also we can give thanks for His free gift of salvation and the abilities and privilege He has given to us to serve others and to bring honor and glory to His name.

·      We can always thank Him for his goodness, loving-kindness, and faithfulness (see Ps. 100:4-6).

S – Supplication

·      As Christian believers, God has called us to intercede for others in prayer (see Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 18:1; Col. 4:2; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; Heb. 10:19-25; Rev. 1:4-6).

·      Make a list of people that you are committed to pray for. Now commit to spending time praying for specific things for these people.  These prayers can be for family, events, political leaders, our nation, missionaries, etc. (see Acts 12:5; Rom. 10:1).

·      Once we have prayed for others, we should spend time praying for personal needs (see Matt. 6:11-13).

·      It can be very helpful to make a prayer journal and record all answers to prayer, as this will remind us of God’s faithfulness and it will give us items for praise and thanksgiving and for strengthening our faith.

Prayer is an awesome gift, and our Lord wants to bless us every moment of our lives through it. I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ps. 86:11, what did David tell God to do, and what commitment did he make in return?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you spending time in prayer throughout your day—spending time with the Lord?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s make a commitment to talk to God about everything.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I praise You for Your blessings upon my life. I am sorry for not utilizing Your gift of prayer as faithfully as I should have at times. I thank You for allowing me to come to You directly in prayer. Help me today to remember these truths within Your word, and to utilize my ability to pray more effectively. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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