Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6, NLT)
As we shelter at home, we can all come to God with our worries, our needs, our joys, and our praise.
Here is one of my favorite videos on prayer by The Skit Guys.
There are many types of structures for prayer (they might be worth a google), but one common formula is ACTS; which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Some of these are big church words. Lets walk through them and discuss ways that you can pray with others, while at home.
ADORATION – Praising God.
- God is the Almighty Creator
- God is greater than all our worries, fears, and anxiety
- God is greater than COVID-19 and issolation
- Jesus understands isolation. He spent 40 days in the wilderness and experienced total isolation on the cross.
- God loves us as a people and as individuals.
- He created us unique and in his image.
- He designed us for community, just as he exists in community (Father, Son, and Spirit)
CONFESSION – Admitting our need for God
- Admit your confusion
- Admit where you are struggling
- Admit your worries and doubts
- Admit your mistakes
- Admit where you have tried to take control
- Admit you need Him
THANKSGIVING – Thanking God
- Thank God for who He is and what He has given you.
- Thank God for the people in your life
- Thank God for supplying your needs; a roof over your head, food on your table, a warm bed, and so much more.
- Thank God for those who are working hard on containment and cure of COVID-19
SUPPLICATION – Bringing our requests to God.
- Tell God with the ways that you are struggling.
- Share with him your needs and desires
- Ask him to bring an end to COVID-19
- Ask him for wisdom, grace, and peace in the midst of uncertainty
- Tell him about the struggles of those you love.
- Ask him to grant leaders wisdom
- Talk to him about the people who are struggling physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually, and ask for comfort, healing, and peace.
PRAY THE WORD PODCAST: One of my (Dave Reiss) favorite pastors is David Platt does a daily prayer podcast. Each episode is only 5-10 minutes long. I encourage you to listen.
Please share your comments and prayer requests with us.