Making Prayer a Priority

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By Deb Treat, Assistant Director of Prayer Support

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Making prayer a priority is important for many reasons. Prayer is an opportunity for us to worship and praise God. It gives us a method of confessing our sins, bringing our requests to him, and praying for others. When we pray, we are following the example of Jesus and modeling His behavior. Jesus gave us a model prayer in Matthew 6.

Prayer is necessary if we want to get to know our Father better. It is an expression of our love for God. Just as we enjoy spending time with a loved one, if we want to know God better, we will want to spend time with Him in prayer. That’s when we learn what God wants to do in and through us. Our mission on earth becomes a partnership as God reveals to us the ways in which He wants to use us.

Prayer keeps us connected with God  because it’s how we communicate with Him. It’s a two-way street; each of us speaks and each of us listens. So often when we pray, we do all the talking and expect God to do all the listening; however, prayer is a conversation with God.  When we talk with a friend, each of us takes turns talking and listening. It should be the same way when we pray to God.

Prayer keeps us connected as we bond with others and pray together. Our bond of love grows as we join in prayer for a common request. When God answers our prayers, we have reason to celebrate together, and it encourages us in our spiritual growth.

God’s word tells us to devote ourselves to prayer (Colossians 4:2), pray continually  (IThessalonians 5:17), be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12), and present our requests to God (Philippians 4:6).

Many Christians find it helpful to use the acronym ACTS when they pray.

A ~adoration; this is the time when we can praise God, tell Him how awesome and powerful He is. Here we name back to God His attributes.

C ~ confession. We tell God our short comings; we repent, and ask Him to forgive us of our sins.

T ~ thanksgiving. During this time of thanksgiving, we think of all the blessings that God has given us, and we specifically thank Him for them.

S ~ supplication; this is the time that we ask God to answer certain prayers for ourselves as well as pray for others.

Whether you use the acronym ACTS or pray what is on your heart, God welcomes our prayers at any time of the day, wherever we are – in the car, in the grocery store, at home, in church or other holy place. God is always ready to listen!

The most important prayer a person can pray is one in which we invite Jesus into our life, ask God to forgive us of our sins, and give Him first place in our life.  Have you prayed that prayer?

I encourage you to make daily prayer a priority.