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We are looking to have another Prayer and Worship service at New Life Wesleyan Church on Saturday March 26th, 2011. This one will start at 6:00 pm again but will go a little longer with an ending time of 8:00 pm.

The last one we had on Feb. 5th was our first attempt at the harp and bowl model of prayer and worship and it was a powerful evening.  The sanctuary of the church took on a little different look with dimmed lights and lots of candles. On the screen were some different low distraction videos that looped, (candle flickering, names of God fading in and out across the screen, etc.), and we just took our time with the songs and Pastor Larry led us in prayer as the night unfolded.

For the service in March we will be doing something similar but with a little different format and direction. I think the first hour will be a “worship through the word” time where various Scripture passages are read, and songs are sung, that will allow the Holy Spirit to move us in the direction we need to go. Then the second hour will begin with a focused time of intercession for Randy Hewitt who will be leaving the following week to work on a medical missions team in Haiti.

Also, we plan on having some different worship and prayer leaders this time around. I will lead some songs, Jack and Cody will lead some, and Paula will pick out some to play as well.

So something a little different, but should be a great time of drawing near to God and worshiping Him in a powerful way.

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Got an email today showing the Top Ten most read Bible verses. These are the classics! Print them out, put them someplace where you will see them a lot, and maybe even commit them to memory.  You’ll be glad you did!

1.John 3:16…”For God so loved the World that He gave his one and only
Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
Life”.

2.Jeremiah 29:11…”For I know the plans I have for you”,declares the
Lord,plans to prosper you and not harm you,plans to give you hope and a
future”.

3.Romans 8:28…”And we know that in All Things God works for the good
of those that love him,who have been called according to his purpose”.

4.Philippines 4:13…”I can do all this through him who gives us
strength”.

5.Genesis 1:1…”In the beginning,God created the heavens and the
earth”.

6.Proverbs 3:5…”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on
your own understanding”.

7.Proverbs 3:6…”In all your ways submit to him,and he will make your
paths straight”.

8.Romans 12:2…”Do not conform to the pattern of this World,but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and improve what God’s will is–his good,pleasing and perfect will”.

9.Philippines 4:6…”Do not be anxious about anything,but in every
situation,by prayer and petition,with thanksgiving,present your requests
to God”.

10.Matthew 28:19…Therefore go and make Disciples of all
nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Ghost”.

I think the lyrics to this song is a great reminder of the sermon this past Sunday entitled, “Worship: In everything we do”.

I love the verse that says, “May the moments of our worship, overflow along the way, and our hearts between two Sunday’s be as vibrant as today.

Let the praise continue on!

In today’s worship service, Pastor Larry spoke about prayer and gave us a model of prayer that we can use. This prayer model uses the acronym of A.C.T.S and follows the model of the Lord’s prayer to guide us through our prayer times. Below is an article by Mary Moss that describes this method in detail.

A.C.T.S. is an acronym for a model of prayer that offers to God our adoration, confession,thanksgiving and supplication. It is often difficult to pray. Perhaps we don’t really know how to pray. Sometimes we may not feel we’re “qualified” to pray, or we feel we don’t have the right to pray for some reason. Using the ACTS model for prayer, it will be very easy to pray, even if you’ve never really prayed in the past. ACTS praying doesn’t require any great knowledge of or study about prayer, but praying in this way is personal, effective, and powerful.

This method of prayer is ideal even for young children with a limited vocabulary or for those inexperienced at prayer. Seasoned prayers can use it too. There are many references to the various elements of ACTS prayer in the Bible, so we can be assured it is proper and appropriate to follow this model. In Philippians chapter 4, verse 6, the apostle Paul writes, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Paul’s letter to his student and friend, Timothy, states, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [1 Timothy 2:1].

Adoration

The first component of this prayer model is adoration. Everyone likes to be complimented and praised! God is no different in that regard. He is deserving of your praise, and it pleases God to hear us offer words of adoration. When offering praise, be specific. “You’re so wonderful” is a nice thing to say, but it doesn’t reveal why we think God is wonderful. Praying, “God your mercy and love toward me is wonderful” lets God know exactly what we’re feeling.

Confession

We’ve all heard the expression, “Confession is good for the soul.” Our sin(s) is what separates us from God. Confessing our sins in prayer before God clears the way for a deeper relationship with God. Yes, He already knows our sins. But our confession demonstrates our own self-awareness and our desire to remove any barriers to our relationship. “God, I have sinned against you by ____________.” We don’t have to be elaborate, just truthful and to the point.

Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for? Let God know, as if you were thanking a friend who is always there for you. “Thank you, God, for forgiving me, and loving me in spite of my sinfulness,” is a simple, yet to the point way to pray this part of our model. There is no need to expound any further unless you’re feeling especially blessed, and wish to list in detail those aspects of your life for which you’re thankful.

Supplication

Supplication means to plead humbly, and is the final component of our prayer model. We have expressed our adoration, confessed our sins and expressed our thankfulness. Now we are ready to approach God with our request. In my case, a frequent supplication is “please help me be a better person.” When you pray, you may request something specific as well. There’s nothing wrong with asking God for exactly what we want. Matthew 21:22 assures us, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

ACTS is a good model to use as we prepare to pray. The ACTS acronym helps us remember what we want to say to God. Our ACTS prayers may be very detailed and lengthy. ACTS can also be very simple, and to the point. What is more important than the model or technique we use, though, is that we simply pray.

 

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