Conversations: Prayers

For the past couple weeks, we have been talking about conversations. The first week we discussed how the tongue could encourage or demonstrate our positive feelings, but it can also be used as a weapon.Then last week we talked about marital conversations. This was something couples could start when dating which made it a great topic for most of us.  We learned that failure to communicate was a major cause of divorce.

So, this is the last segment on the series titled Prayers. I think for the most part we have all prayed at one point or another.  We are instructed in the bible to pay                   (Philippians 4:6, Mark 11:24, John 15:7).

Prayer is defined as a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or having a conversation with God. No matter where or what you are doing you can pray to God.

Samples of times you might pray:

  • Your Morning prayer;
  • Breakfast, lunch, & Supper grace
  • Daily Devotion;
  • With a friend; Difficult situation or a great moment;

Well we know what prayer is and we may even know how to pray or think we know how to pray. One of your prayers that is a private conversation with God should follow the ACTS set out below:

Adoration

1 Chronicles 29:11-14

We must thank God for everything that he provides for us including His love and sacrifice. We must remember that he is the one & only true God. There are many other verses that support this: (1 John 4:16) (Nehemiah 9:31) (Jude 1:25). (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Why do you adore God?

Confessions

Without any doubt, we must confess our sins to God. Remember he already knows what sins we have committed. We are sinners and Romans 3:23 tells us that.

  • Guilty of questioning your love for us; (1 Chronicles 16:34)
  • Guilty worshiping other Gods once or twice; (Exodus 34:14)
  • Guilty of committing wrongful acts against other; (Romans 13:4)
  •  Guilty of doing wrongful things to our body; (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
  • Guilty of jealousy and not keeping pure thoughts; (James 3:16)
  • Guilty of not properly tithing; (Deuteronomy 14:22)
  • Guilty of not being proper disciple makers; (Matthew 4:19)

So what sins will you insert here?

Thanksgiving

  • We are to stop and thank the Lord for the blessings that we have received.
  • Thankful for your unfailing love. (Psalm 107:8)
  • Thankful for your grace. (1 Corinthians 1:4)
  • Thankful for Victory. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
  • Thankful for the Rules of Life you gave us. (Psalm 199:62)
  • Thankful for the faith of others to comfort and cheer us up. (Philemon 1:4)
  • Thankful He answers prayers and has become our salvation. (Psalm 18:21)
  • Thankful for Paying the Price for Our Sins (Romans 3:23)
  • Thankful because God’s love last forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
  • Thankful for His Faithfulness. (1 John 1:9)

What are you thankful for?

Supplication

The final phase is where you asked God for others as well as what you need to ask for:

  • The homelessness and less fortunate;
  • The addictions
  • Financial issues;
  • Relationship issues;

What are you going to ask God for?

Is there where you say “Amen” and you are done. Well technically yes this is true. But wait a minute, Matthew 6:9-15 instructs us to pray:

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdome come, Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

So, you pray to God first by offering Adoration, then Confessing your sins, followed by offering Thanksgiving, and finally asking for needs for yourself and others in Supplication. You will end the prayer with the Lord’s Prayer. As for your requests, you may receive a possible of three answers “Yes”, “No”, or “Not now”.

You will never know if you do not pray.

When are you going to pray again?

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