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Like I mentioned in the previous post, most people treat prayer as an afterthought or as a last resort when they find themselves in trouble. There are actually strategies to make prayer an effective weapon in your life. When you think about soldiers when they wage war, they develop actual strategies to overcome the enemy before going out to battle. They don’t figure things out when they are now on the battlefield.
So it is with the believer’s journey in this life. It’s more important for the believer actually to seriously engage in prayer for everything you do especially because the devil is interested in frustrating plans that advance the Kingdom of God. Remember that he is only there to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10)
You may be wondering what kind of prayer strategies these might be. They are not at all complicated but very simple to follow. I am currently reading the book, “The Battle Plan for Prayer” by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. I came across the strategy they describe in the book which uses the acronym A.C.T.S
The acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. It is designed to be followed in that particular order. I will break it down for you below:
This represents praising and worshipping God for who He is and what He has done and keeps doing in our lives. It is our appreciation or expression of His awesome presence and magnificence in our lives. We were created to praise and worship Him for He deserves it. This is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray as illustrated in Matthew 6:9, “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” In the same way we should first praise and worship God when we begin our prayers.
This has to do with us coming clean for our sinful nature or shortcomings. We all fall short of His glory because our natural inclination is to sin and do what is contrary to the Word of God. When you take the time to think about it, we all deserve death. However, because He is a loving God and wants a relationship with you He sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross. Jesus makes intercession for us and through Him we are able to, “…come boldly before the throne of grace to find help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Imagine if someone or your child, if you have children, constantly asked you for things but never took the time to say thank you. I trust that you wouldn’t be too amused because they never express their gratitude. That’s how it is with our heavenly Father too. He wants us to learn how to be grateful for all the things He has done and as a result He will bless you with more when you do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks.”
This is where we ask God for particular things such as our needs or making intercessory prayer for those that have needs. It is not a bad thing to ask God to meet our deepest needs and wants. It’s important to remember to pray for other people as well just as Jesus also intercedes on our behalf. So supplications entail prayers for the sick, prayer for success, prayer for peace, etc. Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
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Be all you can be!