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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 He’s 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.

What’s 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.

Prayer Hints

  • Pray Believing. Trust God to answer your prayers (Matthew 21:22).
  • Pray Consistently.
  • Pray for all things (Philippians 4:6).
  • Pray Persistently. Keep on praying (Luke 18:1-8).
  • Pray with Humility. Lose the attitude (Matthew 6:5-8).
  • Pray in God’s Will. Ask for things that honor God (John 15:7).
  • Pray with Action. Do your part to act on your prayers (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22).
  • Pray with Purity. Deal with unconfessed sin (Proverbs 15:8).
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