Today we are going to learn about THE ACTS METHOD OF CHRISTIAN PRAYER as taught by Hannah Ndeti
Who knows what ACTS stands for when we talk about prayer ? Not the book of the Bible, but the acronym.
9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11. Give us this day our daily bread. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Now from the Lord’s Prayer let’s break it into ACTS.
What adoration do you see in the Lord’s prayer?
Why do you think it’s important to Adore God? Does God need our Adoration? How will it make a difference in our life if we adore God? People of the bible who adore God?
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke (v.1–4).
First, worship brings an upward look, a glance at God on His throne in all His glory. It refocuses our view of God. It pulls our affections off our idols and puts them onto God. It causes us to remember how good He is, how big, kind, powerful, and loving He is, and how holy He is. Adoration is also worship of God. Second is worship brings an inward look.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for”
Isaiah 6 :5-7
But worship doesn’t end there. Notice that Isaiah’s inward look is followed by an outward look.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (v. 8)
Genuine worship always leads to an outward look—a personal response or action—a desire to be obedient to whatever God calls you to do. Our purpose on earth as Christians
Jesus said, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (Matthew 4:10).
What shall we doing in heaven?
Revelation 7:11-12 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever Amen.”
Can you think of people who genuinely adored God? From the Bible, we see David. The book of Psalms is a great reference for how much David adored God.
We will continue tomorrow with the next letter C-CONFESSION
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