I don’t know about you friend, but one of my favorite times of the day is right when I roll out of bed. Yes, first thing in the morning. I am totally a morning person, love it!!! Let me fill you in on a little secret why, I get to wake up another day. Now your guess is as good as mine as to the outcomes of each day, but God let me wake up another day and for that I am ever so blessed!
Over the years to celebrate, and I love a celebration, this blessing of a new day I take the first hour of it with Jesus. As I continue to grow in my faith that time has looked different over the years and for sure, my prayers have definitely changed. Early on I would pray quite selfishly. My prayers often sounded like, ” God, why don’t teachers make enough money, I pray God for a better job, will you please bring me one that makes more money” Or this is a good one, “Heavenly father, everyone around me drives a much nicer car than I do, so when you bring me that better job with more money, can I also have a bigger, better car?”
Let me tell you friend, from my own experience, the title of this blog is “Hearing God Through Prayer”, but watch out for what you ask for in prayer, because He is listening. I got that better job, it caused me to travel and be away from my family days at a time. No more two weeks off at Christmas or summers off with my son. Oh and did I get the car! Yes indeed I did. A brand new X Type Jaguar, (which didn’t get hit just once, first time by a deer on the highway and a second time by a man having a medical emergency.) Be careful what you pray for friend! God is listening, and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side either.
There are numerous methods out there on how to pray and in a minute I am going to share a super easy one with you and some verses you can actually pray. So that’s really two methods of prayer right there. Usually when I follow a method of prayer it takes the selfishness out, most of the time because I can always slip a little selfish in because I am still on this journey growing to be more like Christ every day.
Let’s talk a minute about hearing from God when we pray. I personally have never heard His voice audibly in my life or have I come across a cloud or burning bush that have spoken to me. Super cool, I would love to experience all three, however I know when I pray God answers when I am still, when I wait for His timing, and when I am paying attention to my circumstances and surroundings. He answers.
Psalm 91:15 reassures us of this, “He will call upon Me (says the Lord), and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”
So here is one method I have used to help my prayers stay focused as I can be a squirrel in traffic when I start praying. It’s called the ACTS method. Doing a little research I found this method goes back to the 1880’s! (ACTS Method of Prayer’s first use). I have included bible verses to pray for each type of prayer.
A: Adoration: Pray to God with Adoration, Give him praise and honor. Pray Psalm 145:14, 17-20, Psalm 84, and Psalm 27:4
C: Confession: Confess your sins to God. Be open and honest with him. Pray Psalm 32:5-7, Psalm 69:5
T: Thanksgiving: Tell God what you are thankful for in your life and in the lives of others. Pray Psalm 9:1, Psalm 86:12, Psalm 30:1, 11-12
S: Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and then yourself. Pray Psalm 143, Matthew 6:11.
Be still, be patient friend, I have to tell myself this daily. God will answers our prayers according to His Will not our’s and in His perfect time.
Just keep praying!
I hope this series has been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me as I have studied God’s word to share these devotionals with you. I will finish it up next week with hearing God through the teachings of Jesus.
I will be taking a little break for the month of February to make a few changes here at Living Joy Today. I will still be posting a short devotional once a week. And then just as March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, I will be writing a series about Jesus as The Lion and The Lamb.
Today I will be giving away a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s latest book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way, Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.”
Just leave a comment with a bible verse about Jesus as the lion and the lamb to be entered to win. And I will use your verse in my upcoming blogs!
Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!