THOUGHT for the DAY.
THERE are many facets to prayer, and people need to find a pattern which suits them.
I have always tried to explain the essential elements of prayer by using the acronym ACTS. A is for adoration, C for confession, T for thanksgiving and S for supplication. This idea is nothing new, for they are found in Psalm 25.
An awareness of the greatness and majesty of God is important in all prayer, so there needs to be adoration for our heavenly Father. The Psalmist shows his adoration when he says: "Oh my God, in you I put my trust".
Confession is good for the soul, it is said, and the Psalmist asks God to "Pardon my guilt, O Lord, for it is great". The Psalmist must have received many answers to prayer, and his thanksgiving to God covers all the good things he has received in his life.
Finally, supplication for the needs of others and for oneself can be brought before God. The Psalmist asks for relief from "the troubles of my heart" and for Israel's "redemption from all his troubles".
When next you pray, first turn to this psalm, read it and then begin what should be daily ACTS of prayer to God.
Rev Harry Ross, Vicar of St Luke, Walton