|Posted on January 10, 2019 at 12:40 AM|
A NOTE FROM YOUR PASTOR:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we begin a new year, let us be intentional about beginning it with prayer. If you are one who makes New Year’s Resolutions, may one of your resolutions be to give increased time to sharing with the Lord in prayer.
A helpful acronym that reminds us of the different parts of prayer is ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
Adoration is also known as praise. Oftentimes we confuse praise with thanksgiving. However, praise is a separate part of prayer where we state and declare the wonderful qualities of God to whom we are praying. A good example of this is found in the prayer of the early church in Acts 4:25-26, where they are asking God for boldness. They begin their prayer by saying, “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.'
Did you see how they simply state the powerful characteristics and qualities of God? They find the words for praise in the Psalms, and here they quote from both Psalm 146:6 and Psalm 2:1. Let’s see if we can grow in praise to the Lord as we find words of praise in the Bible which we can use to begin our prayers.
The ‘C’ in our acronym, ACTS, stands for confession, and the book of 1 John 1:9 reminds us that if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sin, then God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Confession is an important part of prayer as we come before a holy and righteous God.
The ‘T’ is for thanksgiving and this is the part of prayer we also need reminders in. Like the old hymns says, ‘Count Your Blessings.’ God has blessed us richly in Jesus Christ and we must never take our blessings for granted.
Finally, ‘S’ stands for supplication or intercession. This is usually the largest part of our prayers as we lift up our concern for sick family and friends. God is the source of all goodness and power, so it is right to ask of Him. The Bible says we are to cast our cares on the Lord for He cares for us.
This New Year’s Day our church is hosting the second annual ‘Christ Over the City’ prayer meeting at 12 noon for all Bible-believing Christians from churches all over town to gather in prayer for our community. This is a time to especially ask God to revive our churches and to pray for unbelievers to come to salvation in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the answer to our problems and difficulties as we place our hope in Him alone. My prayer is that you will have a blessed New Year and grow in your relationship with the Lord through heartfelt prayer.
`My love be with you all,