This week we will begin a three week study on prayer. The topics include, prayer, how to pray, and subjects of prayer.
Prayer is talking with God. God desires a personal relationship with His people. God wants us to come to Him with our praises, concerns, and requests. In response, God speaks to us through His word, other people, or even a still small voice.
This week we will look at an overview of prayer.
ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication)
Adoration (Psalm 95:1-6)
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
Confession (Psalm 32:1-5)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
We need to prepare ourselves for prayer.
When we come before God and acknowledge His greatness, attributes, and power, it becomes obvious that He is in control and powerful enough to answer any prayer of ours. He created all things. He sees all things. He is powerful enough to do whatever He pleases.
We must come to God with a clean heart. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18) So we repent of our sins and claim God’s cleansing power. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Once preparation is made, then we thank Him for all He has done for us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001