My personal devotional time begins each morning with a recitation of a chapter out of the Gospel According to John; after this, I write a write a letter to God; after this, I read a portion of Scripture; after this, I write a letter to you. Prayer is very very important to me. I surround my prayer time with the Scriptures. The Puritans have much to teach us about prayer, for they were a prayerful people. In the liturgy of the worship service, at Sylvania Church, our pastor often reads a Puritan Prayer from the Valley of Vision; therefore, I believe that the Puritans have much that they can teach us about prayer.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 98: What is prayer?
Answer: Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies.
I do not always do so, but several years ago, someone suggested to me to use the acronym A.C.T.S. while praying.
- Pray for God’s name
- Pray for God’s kingdom
- Pray for God’s will
- Pray for our needs
- Pray for our debts
- Pray for our debtors
- Pray for our deliverance
Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake