This past week I received a Facebook message which asked me what I pray…really.
It was an interesting question.
Have to admit being a bit taken aback because I tend to write a lot about what I’m praying.
But maybe the question needs some further thought.
What do I really pray about?
I remember in college someone sharing the idea of praying ACTS.
Adoration. Praising God and Reminds me how great my God really is.
Contrition. Asking forgiveness puts me in the right place to worship Him.
Thanksgiving. Reminds me of all the blessings I have in my life.
Supplication Allows me to lay all my burdens and concerns at His feet.
That’s a pretty cool way of praying.
I have to be honest and say that I have not often used this prayer pattern. My style has been more about praying in moments of duress, with a child about a specific thing, with my head on the pillow, or when I’m asked to by a friend.
Maybe what I should share is what I want to pray about and need to pray about more.
I want to pray these prayers:
Lord, I so often spend my time lamenting things rather than recognizing how very blessed I am. Thank you for so much for all the ways you provide for and love on me and my children
Lord, I’m so grateful for your grace. I know I don’t deserve it, but I’m so very thankful for it.
Lord, no matter how hard I try I don’t seem to be able to do this parenting thing as well as I want to. Father, please love my children through me and cover my mistakes with your mercy and grace.
Lord, I fail so often. Father, my thoughts are so not holy sometimes. My actions are not pleasing to you. My mouth can say the worst things. Father, please forgive me.
Lord, I long for my children to know you well…to love you and that the desire of their hearts is to live for you. Please give my children a passion for You. Please bless them with strength for the day and hope for tomorrow.
Lord, you know me. You know I absolutely hate to make decisions. And I second-guess myself so much. P lease guide me. Give me your wisdom and discernment.
Praying is a beautiful privilege and blessing. I wish I’d remember to do it more often. To trust God with everything in my life…to not hold anything back. I wish I’d rest more in His presence then rush around in the present.
Those prayers I listed above…I just prayed them. So I guess I can say that is what I pray…really.