The Toronto church has just had a blessed week of prayer despite some difficulties. The prayer sessions had to be moved from the church to online-only using Zoom because some people tested positive for Covid. There was a good turnout each night. Devotional messages were brought by Dr. Larry Saunders and the Revs. Reggie Cranston and Ian Goligher.
Frequently we heard the request, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” The “Lord’s Prayer” is a pattern prayer that we do well to study. Someone mentioned how helpful A – C – T – S was in praying in the correct order.
ADORATION. Jesus taught us to, first of all, acknowledge the greatness of God, addressing the Father through Jesus Christ the Son and by the intercession of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians rush into prayer with a “wish list” of petitions neglecting any thought of God who is the Author of prayer.
CONFESSION. We need to get on praying ground by confessing our weakness and sin to God, “Forgive us our debts.” And we need to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He will teach us how to pray and what to pray for according to His will.
THANKSGIVING. It is always a good practice to thank the Lord for His goodness and answers to previous prayers before burdening Him with our latest petitions. It is amazing how forgetful we can be when our hearts should be filled with grateful thanksgiving for His tender mercies.
SUPPLICATION. Now is the time to bring our petitions to the Lord. Pray for ourselves, our families, friends, the sick, the suffering, and the sorrowing.