praying_hands1I used to inconsistently pray to God: when something bad happened and when I needed something. Then, as I came along in my faith, I felt a nudge in my stomach that I could do more. So I started a prayer-journal. Then, I grew more and began a prayer-routine, starting with words of praise, words of thanksgiving and lastly, words of needs/requests. But then I grew more and I realized all these parts had a missing part. I wasn’t confessing. I wasn’t including that I was sorry for my screw-ups and seeking forgiveness for them. So then “confession” became an essential part. Then, four years ago, I grew more and added one more part to my prayers. It was one of the lowest & most painful points in my life, and suddenly, quietly praying or prayer-journaling wasn’t enough. So I started praying on my knees. Awkward at first. But the awkwardness was outweighed by a desperate need for proximity and humility before the only One who could save me. So that’s the progression of my prayer life over the years. In summary, it makes an acronym: A.C.T.S. = Acknowledge God; Confess screw-ups; Thank God; Submit requests. I hope this encourages someone today.  Thanks and Happy Praying!

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