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Prayer: Conversation with God
Prayer is simply talking to God, just like we would talk to a best friend. We have the incredible opportunity to talk to the God of all creation, and Hes ready to listen! When we talk to God, He hears us and answers. Out of His awesome power and love, He gives us what we need.
Prayer also involves listening. Conversation is a two-way process. God speaks to us through His written Word, the Bible, through our thoughts, and through other believers. If we are going to develop a healthy prayer life, we must establish a discipline of listening.
Whats Involved in Talking to God?
The acronym ACTS highlights four areas to include in prayer:
A Adoration Praising God for who He is (Psalm 8; Psalm 92:1-8).
C Confession Admitting to God our sins. Confess specific sins and agree with God that they are wrong. Make a commitment to change (Psalm 66:18; 1 John 1:9).
T Thanksgiving Thanking God for what He has done (Psalm 105:1-5; 1Thessalonians 5:18).
S Supplication Asking God for His help. Pray for yourself and for others. Talk to God about physical needs, relationships, and spiritual strength (Philippians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Keeping a Prayer Journal
We can talk to God any time, but it helps to set aside a specific time for prayer. Use a prayer journal as a reminder of who and what to pray for. Keep a list of people and needs you want to talk to God about. Pray for particular needs and areas each day. For example; on one day, pray for family members (their needs, salvation, etc.); on the next day, pray for friends (their needs, salvation, etc.); on another day, pray for your church; and on another day, pray for the world (world leaders, missions, and the spread of the gospel) In your prayer journal, record the date you began praying for your need or that of a friend. Then record the date it was answered. Learn to celebrate answered prayer.