When we trust in Christ through faith we enter into an intimate relationship with a personal God who has chosen to reveal himself through creation, Jesus, and the Bible. The intimacy we experience with God is cultivated not only through reading the Bible, but also through prayer. Praying is a way to express our trust in God and is therefore a way our trust is increased and our faith is deepened. Developing a consistent and vibrant prayer life is vital to our growth as a disciple of Christ. Start by committing 15 minutes each day to prayer. The ACTS model is a simple way to structure your time.
Adoration: As you read the Scripture praise God for who he is and the attributes of his character.
Confess: Ask God for forgiveness for the sin you’ve committed against him and others. Pray for the desire and willingness to follow Christ in full obedience.
Thanksgiving: Spend time thanking God for his faithfulness in your life and in the lives of others.
Supplication: Ask God to give you the desires of his heart as you pray for your needs and the needs of others. This can include prayer for friends, family, church, missionaries, government leaders, and the movement of the gospel around the world.