Sisters of Grace,
For those of you who missed our October 5th meeting and for those of you who just thought I talked too fast and you didn’t catch everything you wanted to catch, here is a recap of the ACTS prayer method I taught that night:
A-Adoration: This is the beginning of our prayer and the part where we praise the Lord for Who He Is; where we tell God the things we adore about Him. Why? Psalm 22:3 says, “He inhabits the praise of His people.” That means God is present, indwelling, living-in, “inhabiting” our lives when we’re praising Him. And “In His presence there is fullness of joy,” (Psalm 16:11). Adoring God not only gives Him the praise that He is due, but it also brings us joy!
C-Confession: The Bible tells us that God hears the prayers of the righteous. So when we pray, it is good to confess the things that are keeping us from righteousness, anything we have done or thought that is coming between us and God. Sometimes we know what these things are before we even start praying. But sometimes we need to listen to God for a moment and ask if there is anything He sees in us that we need to confess. At those times you can pray Psalm 139:23, “Search me, oh God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Then wait for God to reveal what He sees. Just listen. If there’s something you need to confess, God will bring it to your mind. When He does, confess it! Say “I’m sorry for _________. It was wrong. Please forgive me and help me to change.”
T-Thanksgiving: Psalm 107:1, 118:1, and 136:1 all say, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!” We are to give thanks to the Lord! Thanksgiving can seem like adoration, but it’s a little different. With adoration we tell God the qualities we love and admire about Him, but with thanksgiving we give God thanks for what He has done and is doing. Thank Him for blessings. Thank Him for answers to prayer. Thank Him for hard times, too. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances!”
S-Supplication: What does that even mean? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, supplication is “the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.” Do you need something? Want something? Ask God for it! Ask. He might say no, but He might say yes. By asking God for what we want or need, we are inviting Him to be a part of our life. And who knows? Maybe there’s something that God wants to give you, but He’s waiting for you to ask, so that when He does give it to you, you’ll know where it’s from. Psalm 119:170 says, “May my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your promise.”
A few disclaimers-I did not invent the ACTS method, but I have no idea where I learned it, either! Also, you can pray any way that you want to pray, but sometimes people don’t know where to start or what to say. The ACTS method is a great way tool for those times.
For the month of October, I challenged all the women in our church to spend just one minute on each component of the ACTS method a day. That’s just four minutes of prayer a day. We all have time for that! (Please feel free to pray more than that if you want!) I also challenged everyone to read one chapter of Matthew a day. Each chapter takes about 3 minutes to read. So total, the goal was 7 minutes with Jesus a day. And I encouraged everyone to eat a piece of chocolate when they had done their 7 minutes. Reward yourself with a sweet until the time spent with the Lord becomes it’s own sweet reward.
I realize that I am posting this more than a month after the event. If you are new to GracePointe, or you missed that night, feel free to take the challenge starting now! Our next meeting is December the 7th and I will have a new challenge for the Sisters of Grace then!
Director of Women’s Ministries
Trenton GracePointe Church of the Nazarene