In our current series “Gone Catfishing”, we’ve been talking about ways to maximize the effectiveness of your prayer life. But it occurred to our leadership that some of us are so new to prayer, that praying for more than 30 seconds might be challenging. If you have never had a prayer time modeled for you, you might not even know where to begin when you sit down to attempt to pray. So with that in mind, here are a few models of prayer to help you get started.
The Lord’s Prayer Model
This was composed by Jesus for the disciples. It’s found in Matthew 6 and Luke 11.
Step 1 “Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.” This is the call to praise and worship. Take time to honor the Lord and consider His greatness. Remember His faithfulness to you and be encouraged by His promises.
Step 2 “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”
Align yourself with God’s will, and listen so you can know His desires. Proclaim God’s will over your life, family, church, the lost, etc. Wait and allow the Lord to share His heart and will with you.
Step 3 “Give us this day our daily bread.” Ask God for your needs and the needs of others. Be specific, and ask in faith for anything you know the Lord wants to give you, i.e. Ask and I will give you the nations as an inheritance. (see step 2).
Step 4 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Ask God for forgiveness in any areas of known sin, and speak out forgiveness toward anyone you have not forgiven.
Step 5 “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Ask God for the grace to stand firm in the face of temptation and resist the schemes of the enemy. Remembering to look to Jesus for the way of escape.
Step 6 “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” Finish with proclaiming who God is and exalting His name. Take time to thank Him for the answers to come, and to worship Him.
The A.C.T.S. Model
A.C.T.S. is an easy way to remember key elements of prayer. It’s simply prayer in four parts:
A- Adoration – “Praise be to God!” -Psalms 68:35
Tell God how much you appreciate Him. Express your love for Him. Praise His power and majesty. This is a great way to begin your prayer time.
C- Confession – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9
Tell Him where you have fallen short. Be specific. I thank Him for the forgiveness I have in Christ, and ask for help and strength to turn away from future temptations.
T- Thanksgiving – Always “glorify him with thanksgiving” -Psalms 69:30
You have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Thank God for His love, His faithfulness, His patience and a million other things. Express gratitude for what He’s doing in your life.
S- Supplication – “Make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6
Tell God what you want, no matter how small it seems to you.