God loves you and He listens to the prayers of those who put their faith in Him. If you have a critical prayer request concerning yourself or your family, it would be our joy and privilege to pray for you. You can be sure that the First Baptist Church Prayer Ministry will take the time to pray for your request and that it will be kept strictly confidential. Let us add our strength to yours through prayer.
First Baptist Church Prayer Ministry
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m.
Mondays @ 6:00 a.m.
Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.
Prayer Room-3rd floor
A Pattern for Prayer
In order to help us remember the important parts of prayer, the acronym ACTS has been developed.
This is a simple method to help us remember the four basic elements of prayer.
A = Adoration
We put aside all our thoughts and troubles and come into the presence of God. It is a time for “turning our heart home…,” a pause in our activities to focus on God, and God alone. For many this is a time of praise for all the glory of God revealed around us. For others it is a time of quiet listening, putting all other thoughts aside and seeking a clear focus of our love for God. It is a time to put things in perspective, to remember “who we are and whose we are.” It sets the stage for all that is to follow.
C = Confession
This is the time for truth telling. Even as we know God is aware of all our faults and failures, it is important to let God know that WE are aware of them as well. Too often we can hide and deny the places that hold the most pain. Too often the world rushes us on and we allow situations to fester. Truth telling involves honest appraisal both of the good and the bad in our life. It is a time to speak to God with the deepest trust that these circumstances need attention, healing and resolution. Often this honesty needs to be spoken aloud, shared with a trusted friend or spiritual director for in the speaking, insight often comes. Being honest before God may lead us into some painful realization as to our need for seeking help, reconciliation, or guidance. Such honesty is the most direct and powerful way to resolve the situations of our life.
T = Thanksgiving
In the context of adoration and with ourselves being very honest before God, we are then able to give thanks. We “count our blessings” as we recognize all that God has done for us. From the smallest gift of a flower blooming on a concrete sidewalk, to the awesome love of God in the grace and sacrifice of Jesus Christ… we give thanks. We give thanks for the food we have, the shelter provided, the family and friends, the church family and its support. We give thanks for hope and healing, claiming all that God has promised to us. We give thanks for the opportunity to be in prayer, to speak with the everlasting God of creation. We give thanks for the opportunity to worship in freedom, and without coercion. We give thanks for love, and for our Lord.
S = Supplication
Supplication is simply the sharing of our needs. They are different than our wants and desires. God has promised to care for our needs. We may recognize the shallowness of some of our desires. We may uncover a deeper need long ago buried. We may discover God has placed in our life new solutions and answers to our prayers. As we go over our concerns for others, we may be given insights into how best to minister to others. At times, names may come to us “out of the blue.” And perhaps a phone call is needed, a card, or a visit or a deep word of prayer for them. God has a way of using our supplications to become occasions for our own growth in our spiritual journey. We are often confronted with actions and opportunities which, if followed through, enrich us greatly. How’s your life been? How goes it with your soul? How’s your prayer life?
by Rev. W. “Terry” Van Hook