Day 4 - Acts
I cannot face the day without first spending time with the Master. As an evangelist, I speak about Him and to Him all the time, but I also need an intimate, one-on-one time with Him. It is like spending time with your spouse—when you are together at a social gathering, it is fun, but there has to be time for just the two of you.
As a new believer I was taught a simple method of praying using the acronym ACTS.
A stands for ADORATION. This is the time to adore the Lord for who He is; to give Him thanks for a new day; to praise Him for the beautiful new morning.
C stands for CONFESSION. This is the time to repent before the Lord, to ask God to forgive your sins. Maybe you lost your temper with your family unintentionally; maybe it is something you have neglected to do; but the Lord forgives and cleanses.
T stands for THANKSGIVING. We should thank God for His undeserved lovingkindness that gives us the opportunity to call ourselves His children. We can thank Him for our family and loved ones and for new opportunities in life.
S stands for SUPPLICATION. Bring all your requests before God concerning your life and your family’s well-being and future.
Pray specifically, expectantly, and faithfully.
PRAYER: Lord, be with me in prayer as I engage with You through adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Amen.
Ezra 3:11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, "For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel." And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
The content for this devotional was adapted from "The Bible with Grassroots Reflections" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.