How to Follow the Best Prayer Model

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You may use the A.C.T.S. prayer model. It's good, but I learned a model as a child that I like even better. You can find it here...

You may know the A.C.T.S. prayer model.

A. = Adoration 
C. = Confession
T. = Thanksgiving
S. = Supplication

I like this model, but I like the one I learned as a child better.

We don’t use the word supplication very often, and I’m not sure many people know what it means. Supplication is defined as:  a “humble prayer or petition.”

And admit it, we’re often in a hurry to get to the asking part of our prayers; so, it’s easy to rush through the A. C. and T. part of our prayers. Especially the confession part.

When I was a young girl our pastor taught us the P.R.A.Y. model for prayer.

Praise. Repent. Ask. and Yield.

Thes words were easier for us, as children, to remember.

Here are the specifics about why I prefer the P. R. A. Y. model.

P. = Praise – Pray through Psalms, sing, dance . . . just begin by finding joy in the Lord – not for what He does, but for who He is.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.

For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalm 100:1–2,5

R. = Repent – Repentance is not the same as confession. Confession admits guilt, but repentance asks for forgiveness and wants to change.

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
    You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:17

A. = Ask – Humbly ask God to meet your needs and the needs of others, pray about your concerns and worries, and…

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
    so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;

    hear my urgent cry.
Psalm 86:5–6

T. = Thank – This is great advice from Gail @ 1-Minute Bible Love Notes:

Last month I began a discipline that has been helpful to that end: Whenever I write down a prayer request, I first write a praise or thanksgiving.

For example when I ask for healing, I first thank God for some aspect of my health I take for granted. If I pray about a problem relationship, I praise God for the way He designed us for relationships with Him and others. 

I thank you for answering my prayer
    and giving me victory!
Psalm 118:21

Y. = Yield – Give everything to God. Trust His love and wisdom. Believe He is at work in every circumstance for your good and for His glory.

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you. Show me where
to walk, for I give myself to you.
Psalm 143:8

An important part of yielding is sitting quietly and listening for the Holy Spirit to speak to my heart. It quiets me with a time where the Lord reminds me that He is greater than anything that is going on in my life. In His presence it is always “well with my soul.”

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (MSG)

Whether you use the A.C.T.S. model or the P.R.A.Y. model, whether you keep a prayer journal, stand, sit, or lie down, whether you bow you head or fold your hands . . . whatever you do – PRAY.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippian 4:6–7

 What model do you use when you pray?

 And now…

Around the Blogosphere

 Lessons in Prayer

BeautyLisa Lewis Koster writes at True Hope and a Future.

Make sure to take a few minutes to read Lisa’s Story...
The winding path God used to draw her close.

Her poem – Was It Worth It? will make you pause
and think. And then she’ll invite you to ask,
“How often is it me?”

Inspiration2Kathryn Shirey pours her heart into Finding Hope
Seeking a Life Transformed… One Step at a Time

“We need encouragement in this walk of faith.
It’s not always an easy or comfortable road.”

Her post – The Surprising Reason I Resisted Stillness
will inspire you to slow your pace for a moment or two
and embrace a time of “being” with the One who loves you.

She also has a new series beginning soon called Pray Big.

Motivation2Faith, Love, and Chocolate is where Nicole shares her adventures.
She says about herself…
“I am mommy to 4 wonderful, crazy children ages 1,3,4, and 7.
I decided if I couldn’t have a TV show I might as well shave a blog!” 

Her post – When I Don’t Know What to Pray reminded me
of the many times my heart cried out through tears
those very words. If you’re overwhelmed or pressed down
the hope-filled promises she shares will give you peace.

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17 thoughts on “How to Follow the Best Prayer Model

  1. Thanks for hosting, Deb! I had never heard of either of the models for prayer so thank you for sharing those! Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂 #bloggercaregroup

  2. I like “repentance” better than “confession” as well. It gives it more of a finishing touch so-to-speak in our maturity. I’ve heard of many acronyms and I always like learning more, so thank you for this–it may be easier to teach the younger kiddos than others.

  3. I love that model of P.R.A.Y.! I’m definitely with you on having “repentance” in there as it is such an important part of our faith. It’s also easy to remember, for kids and adults alike. Thank you for this, Deb!

  4. Stopping by from the #ffOneThing link up 🙂 Hey if you switch the R and A, you spell PARTY…. I always start my prayers with praise and thanksgiving but I often leave out repentance and yielding. Thanks for sharing your prayer method with us! I have only just begun to understand the power of prayer,

  5. Haha, I was going to say the same thing as Michelle above! Also stopping by from the #ffonething. I like the Y at the end, and that you mentioned we do all the talking and we need to do some time listening!

  6. Thanks for hosting, Deb! 🙂 I don’t always use a certain prayer model, but I think the ACTS one has influenced me over the years because I often start with adoration/praise.
    Thanks for linking up at Front Porch Inspired!
    God bless

  7. Deb. I’m featuring you for our Focused Friday One Things link up starting tomorrow! March’s theme is “What I wanted to be when I grew up” that we’d love to have you contribute to! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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