Friday, 1 July 2011

Praying Together - Part II

As a Christian I don’t believe in luck, chance or coincidence. That said the statistical probability of a couple getting a divorce who pray together is approximately ½ of one percent. There is power in prayer.

The husband should be the spiritual leader in the household. However he may feel ill equipped for this role and most likely never saw it modeled. Furthermore most guys don’t like to do something they are not good at. So here are some tips to make it easier.

1. Use the acronym ACTS as an outline. “A” stands for Adoration. Praise God for His unconditional love and the works of His hands. “C” stands for Confession. Agree with God about the sin that needs to be confessed. “T” stands for Thanksgiving. Thank God for all He has provided, etc. “S” stands for Supplication. Ask God for those things that are heavy on your heart.

2. Another approach is to just ask each other how you can pray for them for the day ahead. And simply take a turn and pray for each other in accordance with their request. “I pray that my husband’s nine o’clock meeting goes exceedingly well.” “I pray that my wife will be able to be more patient with our two year old daughter”. This is simple and it takes less than three minutes total.

3. Or take a small section of Scripture and personalize it. For example take verses 23 and 24 out of Psalm 139. “Father I pray that you will search us and know our hearts. I pray that you will test us and know our anxious thoughts. I pray that you will bring to our attention any offensive way that is in us and lead us in the way everlasting.”

4. Lastly take a devotional, read the message for the day and then pray it back in your own words. I highly recommend Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
God is not impressed by how eloquently we pray. He is more concerned about our heart. He wants a relationship with us; he wants us to depend on Him. He wants us to glorify Him by the way we conduct ourselves. Communicating with God doesn’t require flowery language or the King James English, it requires a humble, contrite heart and the willingness to accept that we are sinners saved by grace.

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