Acts 2:42 – They (the early Christians) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Luke 18:1 – Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
So what is prayer?
The simplest definition is that to pray is to have a conversation with God. I talk to Him and He talks to me, or He listens to me and I listen to Him.
Here is a simple plan to start with:
Choose a time of day when you are awake and alert
Choose a place free from distractions
Use the acronym ACTS to help you know what to say
- Adoration – talk to God about who He is (Ex.: good, compassionate, creative, powerful)
- Confession – tell God you are sorry for things you’ve done wrong
- Thanksgiving – thank God for something He’s done (Ex.: beautiful sunset, help in finding a parking spot, His forgiveness)
- Supplication – Ask God for what you or others need (Wisdom, healing, help, comfort etc.)
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