Prayer Helps That Get Me Deeper
This is a Synchroblog on “How Do You Pray?”
My prayer life is molded more by my own personality that any other factor. I’m the type that has a wondering mind. On top of that, I’m not a talkative person and have never been good at long conversations unless the other person can carry it. So when it comes to prayer, I’ve never been into long talks with God where one must stay focused. The vast majority of my prayers are short, spontaneous as the thought comes to mind, frequent (I never miss an opportunity to voice a pray even in the middle of other activities), and to the point. I must also tell you that I’m not much of a feeling type of person. I’ve been told that I have ice water for blood, so my prayers often reflect my cool analytical self.
But, I also know that there are other important forms to prayer that I would be missing out on if I only practiced the prayer form described above. These other forms don’t come to me naturally, so Iâ€™ve had to develop a number of helps.
My first help is that old and well used acronym ACTS. When spending some meaningful time in prayer, I use this acronym to keep focused and on track.
Adoration â€“ I spend lots of time just praising my Father for who he is.
Confession â€“ This leads to a time of confession (always needed).
Thanksgiving â€“ Then I spend lots of time just thanking him for all he is to me and his love and provision.
Supplication â€“ Finally, if after spending time in AC and T, the Father leads me to specific items that need to be lifted to him, I do so.
A second discipline is to write prayers. This allows me to spend lots of time working on it, working through and meditating on the issues, and learning how to express myself much more freely. Iâ€™ve enjoyed this practice and have deeply benefited from it. I also use it often when I know Iâ€™ll be asked to provide a prayer on a given occasion. There is nothing wrong with reading a well written, natural prayer that comes from hours with the Father.
Community prayer is another important tool. Any time I can get together with others of my faith community to spend time in prayer is well spent. As in any conversation, when others are participating, the burden to carry the conversation is shared. You interject your thoughts and build on others reflection in an often wonderful and deep communion with the Father.
Finally, praying through scripture has been a deep and meaningful experience for me. So many have been able to capture the emotion of the moment so much better than I can.
Other “How Do You Pray” Synchroblog participants include:
- Alan Knox – Pray without Ceasing
- Barry Taylor – Synchroblog: How Do You Pray?
- Barb – Prayer without Throwing Things
- Brother Maynard – Fear Not the Silence
- Che Vachon – My Thoughts…
- Cindy Bryan – Teach Me to Pray…Again?
- Deb – Prayer Synchroblog
- Doug Jones – How I Pray
- Erin Word – Prayer=Sex with God
- Glenn Hagar – Prayer Phases
- Grace – Clearance Sale on Intercession Books
- Heather – Synchroblog Prayer
- (Heather’s Husband) – Prayer Synchroblog II
- Jim Lehmer – Synchroblog – How Do You Pray?
- John Smulo – Praying Naturally
- Jon Hallewell – When I’m Spoken To
- Jon Peres – How Do I Pray?
- Julie Clawson – Prayer Synchroblog
- Lew – A How Do You Pray? – Synchroblog
- Lyn Hallewell – God, Prayer and Me
- Lydia – How Do You Pray
- Mary – How Do I Pray?
- Nate Peres – How Do I Pray?
- Pam Hogeweide – The Art of Blue Tape Spirituality
- Patti Blount – How Do I Pray
- Paul Mayers – Praying and Learning to Pray Again
- Paul Walker – One Congregation Experiments with Emerging Prayer
- Rhonda Mitchell – Prayer SynchroBlog
- Sonja Andrews – The Appearance of Holiness
- Susan Barnes – Synchroblog: How Do You Pray?