Thankful for good conversations
and good hot drinks
This week when Stacy and I got together, instead of sticking with the agenda and studying John 10, we talked about the ACTS prayer method..... I don't really love those words 'prayer method' but I do like that this one is based on the Lord's prayer and that when I follow it, my brain and heart are actually engaged; that is a very good thing.
If this is new to you, the acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication... and the point is to spend a minute or two thinking & praying through each...
A: What do you adore about God (about His nature and character)?
C: What in your heart/life needs confessing (fears, anxieties, commissions, omissions)?
T: What are you thankful for -specifically?
S: Supplication = petition/request: What needs do you have? What's broken & needs fixing? What feels too big, too heavy, or beyond your reach? How about desires and dreams and wished-for things?
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Phil.4:5-7
Maybe this seems silly, but I think it's honestly sweet and just simple enough to be totally effective!