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.