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FAMILY PRAYER TOOLBOX
ADDITIONAL TOOLS, TIPS, AND TRICKS
  • A.C.T.S. MODEL
    • Adoration (Praise): We should not approach God immediately making requests, but our prayers should begin with adoration and praise. Begin by acknowledging who God is and naming some of His character qualities that you appreciate.
    • Confession: After remembering who God is, it is important to confess who you are. Start by acknowledging your specific failures but also simply confess your total dependence upon Him.
    • Thanksgiving: Think of the blessings God has given you: your salvation, your families, your friends, your material possessions, etc. But also thank God for the trials and difficulties you face.
    • Supplication (Requests): Finally it is important to bring God your requests. What are the circumstances, the people, or the needs that you want to bring to God? Do your best to agree with God by trying to understand His will in certain circumstances or people.
  • How to Make Time for Prayer
    • Make an appointment with God. Prioritize time with God in your calendar.
    • Make an appointment with God. Prioritize time with God in your calendar.
    • Find a place to consistently pray. We often say “find your chair,” and imagine that God is there in that place waiting to meet with you.
    • Use screen time. The average American spends 7.4 hours PER DAY looking at a screen (TV, computer, phone, tablet). Erase some of that screen time to meet with God in prayer.
    • Use travel time. When you’re driving, instead of listening to music, a podcast, or talking on the phone, use that time to talk to God.
  • SIXTY60: This is a great way to get into the habit of praying as you go throughout your day. Set an alarm to go off every sixty minutes on your phone or watch. When you hear the alarm, begin to pray, for at least 60 seconds, no matter what you’re doing. It can be as simple as praying in your head during a meeting and as much as kneeling on the floor.
  • Use Common Objects as Prayer Reminders
    • Alarm Clock: When the alarm goes off drop to your knees and pray Psalm 118. “This is the day the LORD has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it,” and thank God for another day to be alive.
    • Soap/Toothbrush: While you’re brushing your teeth, washing your face, or taking a shower, invite the Spirit of God to cleanse your soul.
    • Daily Schedule: Let each scheduled appointment or reminder on your phone be an opportunity to invite Christ into that moment or meeting.
    • Car Keys: Maybe your car ride is an opportunity to be quiet and talk to God, or a chance to play worship music instead of talk radio. How could you make your car a house of prayer?» Cell Phone: Let this represent your relationships.  Approach each call or text as an opportunity for you to be Jesus to the person on the other end.
    • Newspaper/Newsfeed: Wherever and whenever you get your news - it’s an opportunity to invite the God of the Universe into the affairs of this world.
    • Pillow: While you sleep, God is still running the world. God does not sleep, and God gets along just fine without you. Let your pillow remind you to give God the stress of your day because God is in control.