Prayer is so mysterious. It’s nothing sort of miraculous that we can communicate directly with our great God. Most people pray and most people have questions about it.
Have you ever thought, “Why pray if God is omniscient?” I have.
Since He knows all, I wonder,“Why do I need to fill Him in on my life?”
I don’t totally understand how prayer works but what I do know is that people in the Bible prayed. Waaay back in Genesis 4, people began calling on the name of the Lord, regular people like Elijah prayed and amazing things happened (James 5:17-18), prayer is sprinkled throughout the Bible (hundreds of prayers are recorded), and Jesus prayed (a lot) and taught us how to pray (Luke 11).
Have you heard of the A.C.T.S. prayer model: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication?
It is loosely crafted after the LORD’s prayer. Personally, I find myself often jumping to the requests and skipping all that other stuff. I want to get down to business and not waste any time. I often forget that the power of prayer is not in the one who prays BUT in the one who receives the prayer, the one for whom nothing is impossible.
God has moved me to look at prayer a little more through heaven’s eyes. If my kids only came to me with requests (demands dressed up nicely), of course I would be glad to hear them. I love being with my kids, listening to them, and hearing their heart’s desires.
But when my children come to me with a grateful heart– expressing appreciation, I feel blessed and honored. Those types of exchanges are PRICELESS. If those tender thoughts are penned, I save the notes and cards.
I think God feels like that too.
What if… we focused on the A (Adoration of who God is) and the T (Thankfulness for all He’s done)? A prayer of adoration and thankfulness. This type of prayer changes perspective and hearts.
What if.. at Thanksgiving, rather than going around the table and saying what we are thankful for, what if we prayed A.T.?
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
How do you bring God into your Thanksgiving celebration? I’d love to hear!
By Lori Wildenberg is wife to Tom and mom of 4. She is the co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting.
Lori is a national speaker, contributing writer for many on-line magazines, including Crosswalk and ChristianParenting.org, and parent consultant. Lori ‘s fourth and most recent book Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home is available on Amazon or at your favorite on-line or brick and mortar store. Lori blogs weekly about family and faith on her website. Subscribe to receive her helpful, hopeful, and heart-felt messages. Click here to find out more or to book Lori for your next event.