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Pray with A.C.T.S.

acts-crossA.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 His power and majesty. This is a great way to begin your prayer time. Sometimes I watch the sun rise, and praise God for the beauty of His creation. You should never run out of praise. “How awesome are your deeds!” -Psalms 66:3

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. I thank Him for the forgiveness I 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.”

Supplication“Make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6
Tell God what you want, no matter how small it seems to you. Do you really think any of your requests are big to God the Creator? You should have lots of intercessory prayer here. Remember: As a Promise Keeper, you are committed to pray for your pastor and your church every day.

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  1. Lewis Kimani
    August 16th, 2017 | #1

    Thanks for the A.C.T.S prayer Acronym.
    I’ll teach this in my Church next Sunday.

  2. HARESH
    June 23rd, 2017 | #2

    Live in ►JESUS◄ and die in ►JESUS◄ 🙂

  3. May 25th, 2017 | #3

    Done 🙂

  4. Sheila Norman
    May 25th, 2017 | #4

    Prayers answered. 1. Pray 2 GOD John 17:15 2. Pray in JESUS’ name Know the meaning John 14:3,4. 3. Pray through the Spirit Rom. 8:26. 4. Pray according to the will of GOD John 15: 4,5,7. 5. Pray in faith. Mark 11:24. ( faith is believing what GOD says what He will do.) 6. Pray w/o ceasing. Psalms 66:18. 7. Put away sin. Proverbs 28:9. 8. Obedience to GOD. First John 3:22.

  5. german
    May 11th, 2017 | #5

    i would practice how pray without fear or uncertainity.

  6. April Pearson
    April 28th, 2017 | #6

    John, Look at the examples more closely. Praising God is expressing His greatness. Adoration is the only one that actually does this. Confessing is admitting your weakness and failure to live according to His will. Thanksgiving is voicing your gratitude for the blessings you have received. Supplication is asking Him to help you achieve your needs and follow His will.

    As a Christian, one would also include “in the name of Jesus Christ” or some other form of recognition of Jesus as God’s son.

    However, this form can be used by Jews and Muslims just as well and they probably would not include Jesus name. I’m not that familiar with Buddhism or Hinduism, but I would think the form could also be adapted for their use.

    Hope this helps.

  7. David Luck
    April 26th, 2017 | #7

    An important element is missing. Include the sentence, “I ask this in Jesus’s name” or “through Your Son, Jesus Christ.” Jesus said in John 16:23, “…I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” In St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, chapter 3, verse 17,”And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

  8. John
    April 24th, 2017 | #8

    Sorry I’m not a Christian but I need to learn about this as part of a homework asignment, aren’t they lol praising god. In each part of ACTS it’s praising god can someone help??

  9. keijo leppioja
    March 22nd, 2017 | #9

    Help and pray you too for me in my the fight against false doctrine who not confess Jesus blood in salvation,but use own victims to save alot place of Scandinavian,thanks for helping,bless,keijo sweden

  10. Henry James
    February 1st, 2017 | #10

    Great way to teach kids to pray

  11. Holly B Roberts
    January 22nd, 2017 | #11

    I have used this for years, and I am so thankful that I have found it posted like this. Thank you!

  12. Josefa Hernandez
    January 5th, 2017 | #12

    For some reason I always feel I don’t know how to pray, Praying with A.C.T.S. has helped me to put my thoughts in order. I thank God for all the blessings He gives me daily, I don’t want to let Him down. Lord be with me throughout this day, hold my hand and guide me through His path. I lift my family up to the Lord that thhey come back to serve Him. Pray for our church, our pastor is leaving for medical reasons, so we are going to start looking for another pastor.

  13. Angela Hughes
    December 22nd, 2016 | #13

    Please pray that the Lord would deliver his people from evil men; That the Lord would preserve his people from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. Please pray and intercede without ceasing that God’s will be done in the lives of the world’s leaders and for our leaders to seek God and listen to Him. Pray that they would be surrounded by godly counsel and, that our leadership would personally know God and the salvation found through faith in Jesus Christ alone. That we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. God can turn the hearts of kings. Earnestly pray that the people of America and it’s leaders will humble themselves and seek the Lords face and turn from their wicked ways. Pray that the Lord would hear from heaven and forgive our countries sins and heal our land. God Bless America Pray that the Lord would grant peace in America, that we may lie down and no one will make us afraid. That the Lord would remove wild beasts from the land, and that the sword will not pass through our country and that President Trump along with our leaders be filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might to declare the sins of Gods people. Please pray that the Lord would pour out his spirit on his servants, throughout the world both men and women. Pray for the peace of Israel. In Jesus Name Amen.

  14. Teresita Ricafort
    August 26th, 2016 | #14

    im a pastors wife and I want to serve God to help my husband in the ministry,not only stay behind him but to become more useful specially if Im the one who will give message in the fulfit,Please pray that God use me more effective in His ministry,give me courage and remove my fear.thank God Bless ..:)

  15. Martha Wilson Gilyard
    August 1st, 2016 | #15

    Please, to have a closer walk with Him, my son and me, we are one pay check from homeliness, my income is less than $800.00 a month and l am working sometime 50 hour a week, for my son’s health – too big, needs to loose weigh, a job with better pay are my pray request.

  16. EVERETT
    July 10th, 2016 | #16

    This was a great guide for the new deacons at my church. GOD bless you .

  17. Felix
    May 8th, 2016 | #17

    We did a class project using this prayer model!

  18. Jaiyepe Oreselu
    May 2nd, 2016 | #18

    It has made me to know how to pray and what to say, requests and how to communicate with God.

  19. Vince Burton
    April 22nd, 2016 | #19

    How would you describe the form of prayer Paul modeled?

  20. Dorcas
    January 23rd, 2016 | #20

    tank u veri much, u re a life nd embarasment saver

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