Because I’m tired. I’m tired of everything. I’m tired of turning on my TV or logging in to Facebook and seeing the plight of my people. I’m tired of being black. (Not that I want to be anything else though) I’m tired of my people suffering with seemingly no one who cares. No one who is willing to tell the Truth. I’m tired of the ignorance and the ostrich syndrome of my white friends. My white CHRISTIAN friends. (Not that I think they can do anything, I would just like an acknowledgement of compassion) But there has been nothing but silence.
I’m tired of fighting. I’m tired of P.R.E.S.S.ing.
I sense it all pointing to something. Perhaps destiny?
God knew there would be days like this or else He wouldn’t have put in the Bible “Don’t be weary in well doing because in ‘due season’ we will reap, if we don’t GIVE UP”!!!!
I’m not giving up. Just today, I’m TIRED!!!
There came a point in life where the childlike prayer “now I lay me down to sleep” was just inadequate for my grown, adult self. I’d prayed that prayer since I could talk. Somehow, I felt it was time my prayers grow up. It really was embarrassing. I’m not sure how I learned about the A.C.T.S. method of prayer, but I have been modeling my prayers like it for as long as I can remember. Praying that way really makes sense.
What exactly is prayer? Prayer literally means a request or entreaty. It should be much more than just saying “gimme, gimme”. It is relationship and communication between you and God.
Think of it this way. Just as you have close relationships with friends or spouses, you not only speak with each other, but also listen to – one mouth, two ears. You not only communicate verbally, but you spend time together in many other ways. The focus is not just on yourself, your needs and desires, but also on the other person. The same should go with God.
A.C.T.S. stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
Adoration. You should begin your prayer by adoring God. Praise and worship HIM. This is the time to tell God just who He is. Of course, He knows who He is, but just as a human father likes to hear his children admire him, so does God. This should not be confused with thanksgiving. Just tell God how great He is and how much you love Him.
Confession. It is good to keep “short” accounts with God. What that means is it is good to admit to God when you have sinned against him. This means the “little” white lies, jealousy and envy, behaving rudely, being impatient, deceiving, pouting when things don’t go your way, gossiping (OUCH), hatred, being greedy, strife and of course the “big” known sins. You want to keep a short account with God because it creates a barrier between you and God and can hinder your prayers. You should also do it with humility of heart and with the intention of heart of not doing it again.
Thanksgiving. This is where you count your blessings, thanking and praising God for all He has given you and done for you. You can start with the basics such as life, health, provision, your family, your job, friends, hearing and answering your prayers, forgiving your sins, loving you, caring for you.
Supplication. This is the part of prayer where you come to God and ask Him to supply needs for yourself and others. Be specific in your prayers. Whatever you need. Ask Him. It can be as simple as asking God to help your child to focus in school and the teacher to be patient with him or as serious as asking God to heal a loved one who is sick. From asking God to give you the motivation to loose weight to asking for a miracle in your marriage. No concern is too small. Matthew 10:30 says that even the number of hairs on your head is numbered. If God knows something as insignificant as the number of hairs on your head, surely He is concerned with the details of your life.
Remember prayer is about communication. About relationship. Spending time. It is also a two-way street. Spend time listening too. If you don’t think that you can “hear” God speaking to your heart, ask Him to reveal Himself and look for Him to answer. You may not hear Him at first, but continue to listen and wait. He longs to spend time with you!
How do you pray? Is this method helpful to you? I love comments, questions, and feedback! Email me, comment, share..
Blessings & Peace!