THE “A.C.T.S.” METHOD
Below is a tool to help guide you into a more balanced prayer life so you can enjoy God and know Him better. We encourage you to couple this tool with the scriptures every time you sit down and talk with your Father in Heaven.
When you adore God it’s an opportunity for you to learn or be reminded that you are talking to an unchanging, all powerful, perfectly loving, incredibly gracious, and completely righteous God who wants to listen to His children. Use the Psalms or other scriptures as a guide when you start to pray. Praise God for who He is. It’s a delight that you get to know and communicate with such a powerful God.
Confession is important because of the sin you've committed or the things you've left undone. Without confession, one can easily become autonomous, believing he or she does not need God, or become depressed, believing God is unable or unwilling to forgive their sin. Confession reminds you that although you fail as a Christian, God is willing to forgive you and desires to remove any barrier between you and Him.
The Psalms are full of thanksgiving. If we are breathing, God has given us a gift. God is a good Father, and when the world tries to tell us otherwise, this mode of prayer becomes even more essential. Look back into your past to see how God has been faithful. Look around you and thank Him for the people, church, and circumstances in your life.
Although this word is the least known, this method is probably the most familiar to you. God the Father is inclined to give His children good gifts. Although He does not always answer in the way we expect, Jesus gives multiple parables to emphasize His desire for Christians to ask repeatedly for things. Think about where your passions and desires align with God’s kingdom and will, and then ask God with boldness.