There is a popular bank commercial that starts out with the announcer asking, ‘What’s in your pocket?’ Next, he goes into a litany of benefits as to why you should consider applying for one of his bank’s lines of credit, whether it is through a credit card, loan, or debit card to supply your needs. All his message is after is that in the end, he is successful in shackling you to become indebted to the bank he represents.
There is another popular Announcer out there softly and tenderly hawking His products to the masses that He claims will bring you great benefits if only you will try them. His question to the populace is, ‘What’s in your heart?’ He is suggesting that you plug into His 4 “P’s” — Presence, Power, Perception, and Purpose. And the way to do that does not require you to apply for anything. All you must do is to ask, seek and knock though the act of prayer.
The good part about the second Announcer is that He is willing to help you accomplish your goals. All you must do is to find a quiet, secluded place with few distractions. And begin praying with the understanding that He already knows your heart’s needs and desires before you ask. So simple use this acrostic while praying: A.C.T.S.
|A = Ask C = Confession T = Thanksgiving S = Supplication|
A True Story…
Some years ago, I was in my kitchen preparing dinner when I heard a very troubling report on the radio. I immediately stoped cooking, turned off the stove and began to pray about the incident. All of a sudden, I heard a voice whisper: ‘Get on your knees.’ As I began to kneel down, very gently, ‘Somebody‘ pulled my legs out from under me and placed me faced down flat on the floor. The floor tile was extremely hot against my face. I begin to pray with all my heart and with all my soul.
The message that I received from that above experience so many years ago was that if you really want to learn how to pray for certain situations, do not take God for granted. Prayer is a powerful tool to use when seeking God’s help. In prayer, you are seeking God’s four “P’s”…his presence, his power, his perception and his purpose. Allow him to orchestrate and implement your posture as he sees fit.
I have witnessed those in deep prayer to weep, dance, twirl in laughter, speak in tongues, remove their shoes, stand, tremble, kneel, sit and faint.
My unadulterated prayer for you is this…
Precious holy Spirit, you know how much we all struggle to pray. We humbly ask that you please teach us to pray earnestly according to your will and your way. And if we do not manage to get it right, please, please, pray and intercede on our behalf to our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen and Amen!
Scripture Lesson: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
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