Often when I pray I find myself spending 97% of the time praying for myself and my friends and 3% the other important things like praising God, confessing my sins and being thankful for what I have. I was reading a christian magazine the one day when I stumbled across the ACTS method for praying (as you can see with SOAP, SPECT and ACTS I find acronyms are a very easy way to remember how to do things)
Often when praying I forget that I am praying to the One who created heaven, earth and everything on it. To start praying by praising God and remembering just how awesome he really is, puts the rest of your prayer time into perspective. Don’t try and dress up this time of prayer with fancy words but just be honest and aware of who you are praying to.
It is hard to admit that we are wrong but the fact is that we all sin all the time. We need to humbly go before God and ask for His forgiveness for the things we have done wrong knowing that he is faithful and just to forgive us.
Before we go to God and request new things we need to be thankful for what we do have. Sometimes we have big things to thank him for and sometimes they seem small. Truth is we forget that God has given us everything we have and He often chooses to bless us abundently.
Definition of supplication: the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.
The word supplication is found in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything through prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God” (ESV) When asking God for what we need or want do we do it humbly? I often pray as if I deserve what I am asking for and I really don’t.
Don’t worry about using special words or talking differently than you would in a normal conversation. Just be humble and honest and don’t focus too much on your requests (although please do still ask God for everything you need).
Quiet time is important and it is good to have a set aside time to do it every day when you don’t need to focus on anything else. I hope that you make a habit of it and are encouraged and rejuvenated by having this time to study God’s word and worship him.