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Five Prayer Models: ACTS, PARTS, Five-Finger, TRIP, Divine Reading
by Bob Young
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ACTSA - Adoration: praising God for who He is
C - Confession: owning our sins
T - Thanksgiving: thanking God for all he has done
S - Supplication: prayers of request for ourselves and others
PARTS OF PRAYERP - Praise
A - Ask
R - Repent
T - Thank
S - Share
FIVE-FINGER PRAYERThumb: pray for those closest to you
Pointing finger: pray for those who guide us: teachers, doctors, counselors, mentors
Middle finger (tallest one): pray for those who lead us: government, civic, and business leaders, police and firefighters
Ring finger (weakest one): pray for those who are weak: the poor, sick, disabled, infants, homeless, the powerless, the persecuted
Pinkie (the smallest, the least): Pray for myself
TAKE A TRIP WITH GODT - For what am I Thankful?
R - What do I Regret?
I - Intercession-for whom do I need to pray?
P - What is my Purpose or Plan?
DIVINE READINGReading. Read the passage slowly. Pay attention to the text. Read it several times. Underline sections that catch your attention.
One method of building an effective prayer life includes Bible reading and prayer as complementary parts of one's devotional life.
Sometimes referred to as "divine reading", it may be compared to feasting on the word of God. The four steps are reading the Bible (taking a bite), meditating on it (chewing), praying (savoring the word), and contemplating its applications so it becomes a part of one's life (digesting).
Meditating. Try to grasp the meaning of the passage, be aware of God's presence in your life.
Praying. Respond to God, converse with him about the passage and his will. Open your heart to God. Share your heart, not a laundry list of needs or things you think you ought to pray about.
Contemplating. Focus on God, rest in his presence, and commit yourself to living out his will, especially as reflected in the reading.
This method allows the Christian to interact with God and with the Word of God, to know the Bible, self, others, and God through the eyes of a developing faith.
Last updated August 17, 2011