Do you ever need a kick in the pants to get your prayer life reactivated again? I sometimes do. This season in our care group we are studying prayer. Last night, Steve (my hubby, and the group leader!!) reminded us of the little acronym A.C.T.S. I've heard this numerous times before, but the reminder was great...
A = Adoration
C = Confession
T = Thanksgiving
S = Supplication.
Notice something? Notice that the supplication (the "asking for stuff" or "wish list" part of our prayers) comes at the END of the prayer... not the beginning!!
The other thing we talked about was journaling your prayers. Do you ever have distractions while you are praying? Things that came up were: falling asleep, kids interrupting, the phone ringing, your favourite show coming on, and not leaving enough time to finish your devotions. By Journaling your prayers - simply writing them down! you are doing 3 things that will help keep your focus... you are thinking the prayer, writing the prayer and then seeing the prayer. Studies tell us that when we do something 3 times we have a better chance of remembering it.
So, the next time you tell someone you are "praying for them"... do it, and try writing it down!!