One thing I want my children to be comfortable with is praying out loud, in a group.  We ‘practice’ this at home, especially at our morning family devotions time.  Now there is no format for prayer, neither is there  a right or wrong way – but for the exercise of learning to pray and helping people over mental blanks there are a few acronyms that we can use to help us.

This week I instigated a round the table prayer pattern.  I used an acronym I am very familiar with, you no doubt have heard it too.  A-C-T-S-S

A – Adoration – praising God for who He is, for his character

C – Confession – cleansing our heart from sin

T – Thanksgiving – Thanking God for his blessings towards us

S – Supplication – Asking God for our own needs, and the needs of others

S – Silence – listening to the voice of God.

Each day I ask one or two of the children to pray one of these aspects, and we go around the table in order A-C-T-S (we actually are not doing the Silent part at this stage).    I think the main benefit of introducing this to the children is that our talking to God is a little broader than just asking him for things.  It has been good.

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