I have been so absolutely tired by the end of the day I don't feel like talking physically or even virtually. I got to sleep in a couple hours today and I feel like a million bucks!
This week I had the opportunity to teach the A.C.T.S. method of praying to my 6th graders. Haven't heard of it? I hadn't either, for most my life, until I attended a Bible study a couple years ago where the leader introduced me to it.
This is where you start out by praising and adoring God for who He is. A time of telling Him that you love Him for the many characteristics He is.
I teach six different periods of Bible, and throughout the day, we read some verses which included characteristics and aspects of God. Then we would list as many as we could think up. By the end of the day, my chalkboard looked like this
I had the kids use index cards, and write a day of the week on each card, then add 3-4 characteristics of God on each card. That way they could use a different card every day.
This is the portion of your prayer where you confess your sins that keep you from having a closeness with your Father.
A time to thank Him for all His blessings in your life.
This portion, at the very end, is where you make known your requests to God.
I've been modeling this prayer for my classes each day, and I hope that at least a few of them find this more effective than what they had been doing.
Here is an example of how this prayer would look in real life:
"Dear Heavenly Father, You are my Everlasting God. Isaiah 40:28 says, "The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom." I love You and Praise You with my whole heart.
Lord, I'm sorry for the way I treated my sister, I yelled at her when she wanted to play with me. I am so sorry.
Thank You for this beautiful day. Thank You for my family and that they love me. Thank You for all You do for me.
I pray now for my grandma who is sick. Can You please be with her? Would You comfort her and if it be Your will heal her? Give her peace and help her to know that You are near.
In Jesus name, Amen."
Hope this helps any of you out there struggling to pray effectively.
So, that's what I've been up to. I hope to get back into crocheting again before Christmastime, I would like to create some new patterns. :)