How to Pray, Prayer IV

So we’ve talked about our concept of God, believing is seeing, and what to pray for. I find that many people when they ask how to pray are looking for a structure or framework. Matthew 6:9-14 and Luke 11:2-4 are good frameworks or structures for how to pray.

I’ve been practicing the ACTS method for so long, I don’t remember where I learned it. Most of the time when people ask me how to pray, I tell them about the ACTS method because it is easy to remember and it is a structure that you can use easily whenever you pray.

A: Adoration, recognizing God for who he is and what he does for you. C: Confession of sins. T: Thankfulness, thanking God for his blessing and provision. S: Supplication, earnestly and humbly request God’s intervention, blessing, or provision.

It helps to write down all that is causing you stress, anxiety, and sorrow before you pray, and it helps to ask God to help you identify the ‘mountains’ that are blocking your spiritual growth. This is part of the process that Anna goes through in Food in God’s Place.

How to Pray Dying to Self

I learned this next technique for how to pray partially from a promise keeper video that I modified and added the who, what, where, when, and how, but I don’t remember the speaker (if you read this and know, please post below). After I cover the A and C, I visualize ‘dying to self’ and break this into FRMPTH.

I visualize a coffin next to a grave and I drop my FRMPTH into it. F: my future, this includes who I will become, and my whats, wheres, whens, and hows. R: my reputation M: my money P: my possessions T: my time H: my health

After I visualize dropping all this into a coffin, I put the rest of my self into it, drop it in the grave, and visualize it being buried. I know you are thinking right now that this is the weirdest thing you have ever heard, but trust me if you will try this, especially on a fasting day, it will really supercharge your prayer life. It is an effective way of going through the mental process of ‘dying to self and taking up your cross.’

So for me, my general how to pray framework is A, C, death to (FRMPTH), T, and S.

Most of the previous posts have emphasized the relationship to God aspect of prayer. Studying Psalms and the prayers of Jesus can help you develop a one to one relationship in your prayers. And don’t forget to ask, ‘Jesus, what do I do?’ instead of ‘What would Jesus do?’

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