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Q:

How does one pray? I’ve never been taught how to say a personal prayer or really talk to God.


A:

There is no formula to prayer—it is simply conversing with God. It is essentially talking with God as you would talk with an earthly parent who loves you and wants the best for you. God is your heavenly Father who loves you perfectly.

The ACTS model will be helpful to you as you learn how to pray. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

• Adoration means worship. We encourage you to begin your time of prayer by adoring and praising God. Praise Him for who He is and for all that He has done for you. God delights in your praises!

• Confession, the next component, means agreeing with God about the things that you have done wrong. It’s a time to express sorrow about what you have said, thought, or done that is not pleasing to Him. Ask God to forgive you for these things, and then believe that He does so freely. When you confess your sins, you receive God’s cleansing and this helps to remove any barrier in your communication with Him (read 1 John 1:9).

• Thanksgiving basically means being thankful to God. Thank Him for His love, protection, and provision just to name a few things.

• Supplication is the final component, and this means praying for your needs and for the needs of others, such as friends, family, your pastor, missionaries, government leaders, and persecuted Christians around the world. You may want to pray for such things as God’s guidance, wisdom, and opportunities to serve.

Keep in mind that the ACTS model serves as a guide to help you, not a rigid formula to follow. There is no “canned” approach that you need to take; just talk from your heart. There are additional steps that will help. Set aside a specific time to pray each day.

Pick a quiet place where you can be alone with God. You will also find a special blessing if you begin your time by reading the Bible. Select a passage to read (download a Bible reading plan) and spend some time thinking about it deeply. Reflect on what God is impressing on your heart to you through the passage.

Ask God to help you apply what you are learning. God wants you to share your heart with Him, and He wants to share His heart with you—this can take place anytime, day or night!

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30 Comments

  1. Mitty says:

    Pray for my nephew who is incarcerated in Cummins Prison in Arkansas. He has PTSD, and was given 70 years. His name is Bryce Allen, Jr. Pray for his sentence or that he would serve his time in a mental hospital. Thanks.

  2. Verl says:

    I need all the prayer help I can get.

  3. Debra Blanks says:

    I am grateful for the ACTS prayer guide.

  4. Henry Nwachukwu says:

    I love to have deep affection for God through Jesus Christ as l pray. This site is very commendable and helpful for spiritual development in prayer. I believe God is honoured as souls get enriched and nourished through this site. God bless u.

  5. Sharon Gardner says:

    This information was very helpful. It’s exactly what I needed as I pursue a prayer life that is pleasing to God.

  6. Bruce Weber says:

    God knows what’s in our hearts but sometimes it’s difficult to put into words what we are thinking, feeling. Having the basic guideline posted can be very helpful when telling God what we need to say to Him. At the end of the day, no prayer falls on deaf ears but it is good to be able to say to God all that we feel. It is also comforting to know that if we’ve missed something, God is always there for us and will listen to our prayers throughout the day.

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  8. Emil john says:

    It’s very helpful. thank you very much sir… God bless you