We live in a day when Christian tools, resources, and inspiration is just a mouse click away. We have efficient and helpful ways of organizing and communicating the needs and goals of our ministries with modern technology.
In the midst of the noise and “the way we do ministry” it’s easy to become self-sufficient, presumptuous, and in pursuit of goals that are different than those Jesus has for our church.
While this prayer tab is a way to communicate prayer needs to our staff and body (see “Supplication” below), it is important to remember that prayer is far more than seeking Divine assistance in a time of crisis. Share your request with us – we’ll be happy to pray for it – but we hope we can also assist you in understanding the wonderful privilege we have of communicating with our creator the adoration and praise He deserves as well as confessing our sins to Him.
A.C.T.S. is an easy way to remember key elements of prayer. It’s simply prayer in four parts:
Adoration – “Praise be to God!” -Psalms 68:35 Tell God how much you appreciate Him. Express your love for Him. Praise Him for His character qualities: righteousness, mercy, power, majesty, holiness, etc. This is a great way to begin your prayer time. Ephesians 3:14-19, Psalm 34,Psalm 66
Confession – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9 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.
Thanksgiving – Always “glorify him with thanksgiving” -Psalms 69:30 You have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Thank God for His love, His faithfulness, His patience and a million other things. Express gratitude for what He’s doing in your life. Thank Jesus for dying on the cross for you. Thank the Holy Spirit for indwelling you, and never leaving. Thank Him for being your conscience, your counselor and that “still small voice.” Colossians 3:15-16
Supplication – “Make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6 Tell God what you want, no matter how small it seems to you. Think also of the non-material things He likely wants for you – greater love for others, a generous and grateful heart, a love for His word. Do you really think any of your requests are big to God the Creator? You should have lots of intercessory prayer here (prayer for the needs of others).