Many people aren’t sure how to pray. They think that there is a special way to talk to God otherwise their prayers won’t be answered but that just isn’t true. God hears all prayers, no matter how long, short, clumsy, disorganized, boring or weird they may be. He’s even outlined how we should pray in the Bible –
New International Version (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors
That’s what the Bible says, but how does this teach you & me how to pray? Well, there is an easy way to remember. It’s called ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication:
Adoration means to worship. Every time we go before God we owe Him worship for who He is (Luke 4:8 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only”).
Confession is expressing sincere regret for the wrong you have done. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. When you confess, God will cleanse you from all wrongdoing (1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness).
Thanksgiving is giving thanks to God. Thank Him for His love, forgiveness, protection, provision, mercy & grace just to name a few things (I Cor. 1:4 – I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus).
Supplication is the time during the prayer where you ask for your needs and desires and for he needs of others, including friends, family, co-workers and our government leaders (because they need prayer too!), etc. You may want to ask for things like God’s guidance and wisdom. (Phil. 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God).
So you see, anyone can learn how to pray. Just A.C.T.S.!