by Mary Stout
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT
Today we will explore the spiritual disciplines of the Methodist Church and how they fit into our walk toward Christian perfection. They comprise these two categories: Works of Piety and Works of Mercy. These are the personal things you do to grow in your relationship with God, which includes prayer, studying scripture, fasting and meditating. Today’s verse reminds us to water our spirit just as God waters the earth with rain. As you develop a daily practice of prayer and studying scripture, you grow closer to God. Today we will focus on prayer.
Prayer is your communication with God. One of the easiest ways to remember how to pray it to remember the words ACTS.
A: Adoration, In the beginning, we worship Him: We adore Him and call on him to hear us.
Living and loving Father we come to you and ask you to hear our prayer. We praise you for who you are as we pray
C: Confession: We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins. Too many times we ignore this step because we think oh we were forgiven when Christ died on the cross. It’s an easy thing to do to say God forgives me so I’ll be okay. The Lord Jesus said to confess our sins before him. He knew turning it over to God was a necessary step in our spiritual growth.
Father, I really screwed up today. It hurt you and I am heartily sorry for my actions because they did not glorify you. Please forgive me.
T: Thanksgiving: Thank God for what He has done for you whether it’s big or small
Thank you for forgiving me when you died on the cross and returning me to a right relationship with the Father. Thank you for getting me a close parking spot at the store as well.Thank you for listening to me even when I don’t have words.
S Supplication: Asking God for your wants is letting Him know you trust him to take care of you.
Father help me to learn better ways to serve you and resist temptation. I trust that you will provide for my needs. In Jesus name, Amen
Intentional prayer helps us connect to God and others. Daily practice takes discipline. God hears your heart.
Prayer: Father thank you for giving us prayer. May all our prayers bring us closer to you and to the others we do life with. In Jesus’ name, Amen