A few evenings ago in our mid-week service I shared with those gathered another model for prayer. It is called the ACTS Model of Prayer. This is an acronym for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. As I was going through the introduction I shared how I prefer to start with confession as to remove all hindrances to prayer. I then pointed out that would make this the CATS Model of Prayer. Well… That was not the desired outcome. So, for the purpose of this writing I will follow the original model.
I. Adoration – Adoration is worship. Now, I can see why start here. We should worship the LORD both publicly and privately. He is worthy of our worship! As we worship Him this will bring into perspective how lowly and sinful we really are. Then we can move on to the next topic of confession.
Worship is ascribing worth to Someone, someone or something. I think it would be safe to say that if we have a wrong view of our God we will not worship Him as He deserves. As I have shared in the past series on “How to Pray for an Hour” there is no time limit here. You can be as free as you want to worship as long as you please.
II. Confession – What is confession? Some people have the idea that confession is letting God in on a secret. This could not be further from the truth. God is All-Knowing. He knows very well what sin we are ensnared in. Remember, Jesus died to pay the price for that sin. He suffered the penalty for our sin.
Confession means that we say the same thing about our sin that God says. It means that we agree with God about our sin. Then when we confess our sin we can forsake it and move on in life with a clean account before God. This frees us to live as God created us to live.
III. Thanksgiving – For some people this is just a “most wonderful time of the year”. When in reality this should be a lifestyle for a Christian. What are you thankful for? Think about Christians in other parts of the world that are thankful to have one page of God’s Word. Think about the people that live on the street who are thankful to have one small meal a day. Think about the elderly person that has been abandoned in a nursing home by thoughtless family and forgotten. Think about the children that fill children’s hospitals all over the world. Are you thankful yet?
Thanksgiving should be such a part of us that it flows like the breath from our nostrils. Bible commentator Matthew Henry was robbed once. Someone asked him how he could obey I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Mr. Henry’s response exemplifies this thought of thanksgiving. He said that he was thankful that he had the money to be taken. He further said that he was thankful that he was the one robbed and not the one doing the robbing. Wow! That is real thanksgiving.
IV. Supplication – Supplication is where you pray for your own personal needs and the needs of others. This is where I struggle. Sometimes I feel prideful when I pray for my own needs. Yet, we must. God wants us to come to Him and ask. He wants us to seek Him for ourselves and for others also.
There are times when God will bring someone to your mind and my mind. When He does this we need to stop what we are doing and pray immediately for whomever that is. You never know what the results might be. We could be the one that prays a prayer that saves someone’s life. Prayer is serious business. It is the King’s business.
So, how are you doing?