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Summary: How we should ACT as we communicate with God

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“A.C.T.S. – PRAYER by George E. Crumbly

JAMES 5

Humphrey UMC

SUN. 7/31/2005AM

INTRO:

PRAYER: Communication with God. Because God is personal, all people can offer prayers. However, sinners who have not trusted Jesus Christ for their Salvation remain alienated from God. (IBD)

I can’t think of any better way to describe prayer than “Communication” with God…Communication is God talking & us listening…Us talking & God listening.

(Communicate: “make known, convey knowledge of or information about”)

Years ago used to Fast & Pray every Monday, I prayed for the church, the services the next Sunday, thanked God for the past Sunday & prayed for the message God would have me to preach. I had gotten away from that over the last few years. I’ve gotten started back the past 2 Mondays…. Things seem to go smoother. (When we get plugged into the POWER things DO tend to run smoother)

The messages seem to fit perfect…we need to be in prayer. I’ve thought all week about last Sunday’s responsive reading on prayer.

JAMES 5: verses 13-16 (NSRV)

Sometimes we think the more folks praying, the better. What we need is “RIGHTEOUS” folks….RIGHTEOUS folks praying EARNESTLY…FERVENTLY…INTENSLY…These are EFFECTIVE prayers….guess what happens? James says this prayer is “Powerful and effective.”

That’s what we got to have. I want to share a few things with you this AM, it has to do with prayer. We use acronyms in a lot of things

WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? BUSY: Being Under Satan’s Yoke

ASAP: Always Say A Prayer; PUSH: Pray Until Something happens

The one I like that has to do with PRAYER is spelled “A.C.T.S.” This is what I want to share with you. You see, there is so much more to prayer than just telling God what we want or what we need. We need to start off with this acronym:

A – ADORATION: (The ACT of worship, of paying honor, reverence, and obedience to God)

The word adoration does not occur in most English versions, but the concept of adoration is implied in the Bible.

“I love you Lord, I praise you Lord, I give you all glory honor & praise….” Before we go to asking God to help us we should just ADORE Him.

(ADORE: To Love Greatly, To Worship)

This is the FIRST thing we should do in praying is to ADORE God….”Our Father who art in heaven, HALLOWED be thy name……”

C – CONFESSION: (This word has two directions this AM)

1.) The admission of sins. Sin separates us from God, sin is a prayer killer. If we sin, then we are to CONFESS those sins & get forgiveness from God.

(I JOHN 1: 9) “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

There comes a time when we need to ask God if there is anything, I mean anything that

might keep us from getting close to God. (Get serious & ask God what is in my life?)

2.) To describe an open, bold, and courageous proclamation of one’s faith.

(ROMANS 10:9-10) “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your

heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.”


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Armindo Buendia

commented on Sep 5, 2006

very helpful of guiding newly converts on how to pray the proper way, appreciate it so much, God bless you more...

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