During my college days, I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ at Louisiana State University.
An easy guide to prayer I learned through my leaders and CCC was: A. C. T. S.
- A stands for ADORATION — adoring God, who He is, His character, consistency, and attributes
- C stands for CONFESSION — agreeing with God about the things we have done wrong and the things which we should have done, but failed to do
- T stands for THANKSGIVING — thanking God for all He has done for us, given us, taught us,
- S stands for SUPPLICATION — asking God for specific things for others and myself
Another prayer guide is called Invocation: A call to enter into the presence of the Lord in faith that the Lord is waiting to meet with you. You can include ancient and/or modern prayers. You might include prayers you have written. The invocation might include three parts: oblation, petition and ascription
- Oblation — An oblation identifies the attribute of God which supports your petition
- Petition — These are the requests you bring to your heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the indwelling Holy Spirit
- Ascription — Of the authority or name in which the prayer is offered
Praying the Psalms is another way to pray:
- The psalms were written as prayers.
Meditating on a specific verse or passage can be a type of prayer.
To me, prayer is simply talking to God from a sincere and willing heart. It does not have to be fancy with all the Thee’s and Thou’s. It doesn’t have to be formal or super articulate. If you are praying out loud and you there is an even better way to say something, you can stop and say out loud the newer, simpler form of your prayer.
God cares more about you taking the time to connect with Him via prayer than the form and content of a specific prayer. If you are not consistent in your prayer life, try something new. For seven days, spend 5 minutes praying to God. You can use any format. You can do it at any time of the day. You can speak out loud or in silence. The main thing is TO JUST PRAY!!!!
Try to notice any changes for your seven days of prayer.
Then make another commitment to yourself that you will pray for another 7 days. Eventually, you will be accustomed to praying every day. You will be praying without ceasing.
I’ll be praying for you as you start your new journey praying.