In this post: Praying the ACTS Model can help you focus your prayers to be more purposeful as you talk to God. Read more for a free printable guide!
Praying the ACTS Model
This year I have been really challenged about Prayer. I mean, praying has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a family that was at our local church just about any time the doors were open, so I heard Pastors and Teachers pray often. We prayed as a family before every meal, and other times as well. I remember seeing my parents pray about things that would come up too, leading the example for us kids.
Taking Prayer for Granted
But as time has gone on, prayer is one of those things that has become so habitual that it has lost some significance to me. Not that God’s power has lost significance by any means, don’t get me wrong, but more like I have taken it for granted. I pray with my family before meals and with my son before bed. I’ll even pray when I wake up thanking God for the new day. And these are all very good habits to be in! But, God has been showing me He wants a little bit more.
Types of Prayers
God wants us to draw close to Him and He loves ANY time we pray. But as we grow our faith and grow deeper in our relationship with Him, He teaches us more and refines us.
Maybe you are just starting to spend time in prayer with Him? Please know that you can talk to Him anytime and in just about any way. Some of my deepest prayers have been when I didn’t even know what to say. But it’s also important to spend time in focused prayer, choosing what you will say purposefully.
There are many different examples of prayers in the Bible that we can use as guidelines to follow, most popular of which would be the very example that Jesus used when asked to teach how to pray. And many people have come up with other biblically based models of how to pray. They help guide you through a prayer to be focused on what you are saying.
This post is to teach you one of those examples and to share a free printable for you to use as a guideline!
Praying the ACTS Model
Praying the ACTS Model is an easy way to focus your prayers as you talk to God. It uses the word ACTS as an acronym to remember these 4 parts:
A – Adoration
Praise God for Who He is
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9)
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory! (Isaiah 6:3)
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Palm 29:2)
C – Confession
Admit sins and ask forgiveness
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out (Acts 3:19)
T – Thanksgiving
Thank God for what He has done
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:13)
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1)
S – Supplication
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. (James 5:13)
Note: All verses used above are in the ESV (English Standard Version)
Download a Free Praying the ACTS Model Printable
Download this free printable to use as a guide while Praying the ACTS Model. Just click on the image or link below. And let me know if you have any questions about this model at firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting below!