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I was thinking about prayer this week and how easy it is for prayers to become little more than a sort of shopping list of requests! We present our list of problems and ask God to sort them out - and we might even be tempted to tell Him how to go about it!
We are aware that something is missing in this formula but sometimes we can’t get awayfrom it, and when we find ourselves in the really dark places, it can be even more difficult to shift our gaze and look at the problem through Jesus' eyes.
Of course The Lords Prayer is a pretty good template for how to pray (Luke 11:2) and always worth another look at. There are some lovely books and studies that develop its themes too and help to offer ways of setting requests within the right context.
Then, this week I came across another 'golden oldie' - a simple acronym suggesting a little formula for prayer in which the shopping list takes its rightful place ie: it isn’t the only thing we pray about!
ACTS stands for: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Surrender. If you find you get stuck with prayer lists sometimes, maybe this on a post-it will help to get you going again…
Adore the Lord your God,
He loves you,
Confess your sin to Him
He forgives you,
Thank Him for His mercy
He conquered death,
Surrender your desires
He is life.
From Life Journey (a call to Christ- centred living) by Mary Fleeson.
I pray that God will bless you this week as you look for the best time, space and context to bring your petitions and requests to Him in humility, hope and expectation.
Lots of love, Gerry
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