One of the ways we grow in our walk with the Lord is by having an abundant and effective prayer life. Learn how to pray with these 4 keys that have made a huge impact in my daily prayer life.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have it all together in the spiritual department. (Really, who does?!) What I do know is that when I learn a valuable tool that helps me grow in my walk with the Lord I absolutely have to share it with you!
Prayer has been something I overthink and made way too hard, but I’m learning that it doesn’t have to be hard. One of the ladies in my Bible study shared these keys with me and when I put them into practice they literally changed my daily prayer life.
The next time you’re having your quiet time with the Lord think of the word ACTS. Breaking down these letters into four different prayer areas can make a huge impact as you’re praying and talking to the Lord.
Let me show you how!
1. A – Adoration
The word adoration simply means to pay honor or worship.
I’ll be honest, I’d never thought about paying honor or worshipping the Lord during my prayer time. So when my friend shared this first letter of the word ACTS it was like a light bulb went off in my head – sort of an ah-ha moment – because it made total sense.
My default during prayer time was to automatically come to the Lord and start praying for things that I want, need and then throw in a few prayers for other people. But when I started my prayer time with adoration it made me think more about the Lord instead of myself and drew me closer Him.
What does a time of adoration look like?
Adoration is simply taking a few minutes during your prayer time to praise the Lord for who He is to you.
My Bible study ladies gave me a a handout from a book called Prayer Portions that had a list of characters and traits of God (along with verses to support those traits). Examples are my comforter, compassionate and gracious, my defender and defense.
When I start my prayer time I’ll say, “Lord, I praise you because you’re my defender, you are my comforter.”
Yes, adoration is as simple as that! Now you can definitely go into more detail if you want to but I’ll admit that it’s awkward when you first start doing this so just start simple. (He knows your heart and desire to have a more abundant prayer life.)
What if I don’t have a list?
More than likely you won’t have a list like I was given. Never fear my friend because all you need to do is start writing down all of the wonderful attributes of the Lord that come to your mind. (A few that come to mind for me right now are comforter, healer, and hiding place.)
As you stay in the word and have your quiet time your list will begin to grow.
Begin your prayer time with adoration and your prayer life will change. How do I know? Because mine has!
2. C – Confession
The next key is to come to the Lord and confess your sins.
Some days your unconfessed sins will be right there glaring at you, but other days you may need to sit quietly and ask the Lord to reveal anything to you that doesn’t come to mind.
Once you’ve sincerely confessed those sins release them to Him. I love that He forgives us as soon as we ask. I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
He is faithful to forgive!
But let’s not overlook that big word unrighteous. It means evil, unjust or wicked. As soon as we confess our sins He’ll be faithful to forgive us and cleanse of our wrong doings.
I also love what Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
Stretch out your arms. Now imagine how far it is from one fingertip to the other fingertip. The length of your outstreched arms is just a drop in the bucket of how far you are separated from your sins.
Confess and release your sins to Him never having to talk to Him about them again!
3. T – Thanksgiving
Take a few minutes to thank the Lord for what you have and what He’s done for you.
You may feel like you don’t have anything to be thankful for, or perhaps you’re going through a tough season and it’s just really hard to thank Him for anything.
There’s always, always, always something to be thankful for.
Thank Him for your warm bed.
Thank Him for the birds chirping outside your window or the squirrel you saw scampering around in your yard.
Thank Him for the gas in your car that gets you to work.
Thank Him for the warm sunshine.
We take so much for granted (or maybe I’m the only one who does) and there are so many things we have to be thankful for. If it’s something ginormous thank Him for that…and if it’s tiny thank Him for that too.
4. S – Supplication
Supplication is the key that comes easy to me because I want to tell the Lord what I need or want. I even go so far as to tell Him what He should be doing – when it’s likely not even what I need.
Take a few minutes during your prayer time to talk to Him about what is on your heart.
Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Although it sounds like it, just because you pray and ask the Lord for something doesn’t mean you’re going to get that very thing. What it does mean is that if the things you ask are in His will then He’ll open the door and give them to you.
Be bold in asking Him what you want but also add in the caveat for it to be His best will for your life!
There’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey of life – being out of the Lord’s will for your life is the worst place you can be.
Intercede for Others
Last but not least take a few minutes to lift up the requests/needs of friends and family.
Now I don’t know about you but there have been times when someone has asked me to pray for them. I quickly agree but am just as quick to forget.
I came up with a system and now when someone asks me to pray for them I’ll add their request to a prayer list I’ve created on the notes on my phone so that I don’t forget.
Keeping this list helps me be more intentional when interceding for others. I find it helps when I group them together (family, friends, sickness, etc.). Figure out what works best to help you remember when someone asks you to pray for them.
Having an abundant and effective prayer life doesn’t have to be hard, we just have to be intentional about it. The next time you sit down to talk to the Lord remember ACTS. Then start praying!
And if you have any tips or tricks that have helped you with your prayer life I’d love to know what they are so that I can learn and grow too!
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