Welcome Reader Friends! This is David Telbat. Because the National Day of Prayer (NDOP) is upon us, I have come up with a plan and formula for prayer. Though God intends every child of His to live prayerful lives and to set aside time daily to pray, we often find ourselves too busy to communicate with our Lord.
Plan of Prayer
What should you pray for as a Christian who is meant to reach out and intercede for others? In my work with inmates, I teach a three-fold plan of prayer. Pray for:
* Compassion for the lost – Romans 10:1
* Boldness to be a testimony of Christ’s salvation – II Timothy 1:7,8
* Request of Him for our personal needs and needs of others – Philippians 4:6
We have many things to pray about each day, including our country and its leaders. The Christian characters in The COIL Series are realistic examples of praying men and women. They model real-life examples that may challenge us in our own lives.
Formula for Prayer: ACTS
* Do you ADORE God in your prayer life?
* Do you CONFESS your sins and forsake them at Christ’s feet?
* Do you THANK God for the many blessings you do have, even if life and health are not ideal?
* Do you SUPPLICATE (petition) God before making decisions, ask Him for your daily life needs, and intercede for others?
You’ll notice the above first letters of the capitalized words spell the word ACTS—a well-known formula for many praying Christians.
I hope you find time to pray more earnestly this year, including for the National Day of Prayer. Remember what James said, “The heated (fervent) prayer of a righteous person is of great impact.” (James 5:16b) What a joy—and privilege—to communicate with our God!
See you on your knees,