Dear Father God, good morning. Thank you for this daily time with you.
Today, I have been inspired to fuse the A.C.T.S. method of balanced praying with conversational prayer for your consideration.
Here it is:
Your Holy Spirit sustains me in every way, shape, and form. Your joy fills my soul and makes me grateful to be alive. I praise you and your Holy Name: Jesus Christ. You are leading us home, and it is the greatest privilege in the world to be your child.
My sense of God's response to this prayer of Adoration: "Dear child, I love you and have great joy when you connect with me."
Lord Jesus, I confess my sins to you. Specifically:
My sense of God's response to this prayer of Confession: "Dear child, I forgive you and have washed your sins from your soul. You are clean before me."
Thank you, Lord.
Lord Jesus, I am thankful for so many things, but most of all, I am thankful for you. I don't ever want to be a worshiper of the gifts you give so abundantly; I want to worship YOU, the giver of all gifts. Thank you for allowing me to be in your life!
My sense of God's response to this prayer of Thanksgiving: "My child, you are right to say that I am the only gift you will ever need. I do meet all your needs."
Yes, you do, Lord.
Lord Jesus, today I pray only for the knowledge of your will for me and the strength to carry it out. Please give me your guidance and wisdom. I trust that all things are in your hands. I trust you with my wife, children, extended family, friends, businesses, and more. Amen.
My sense of God's response to this prayer of Supplication: "All things are under my control. Nothing happens without my knowledge and permission. You are right where you are supposed to be. Continue to glorify me by all that you say and do."
Lord, please make me into the man you want me to be, for your glory and honor. Amen.
Today, we saw the A.C.T.S. framework used with a sample of "two-way, conversational prayer." This is the real, raw, unedited time I had with Christ today. I hope this inspires you to have your own quiet times.
Try A.C.T.S. in your quiet times. As you pray in each of the four quadrants (A.C.T.S.), consider what you intuit Christ might say to you if Christ was sitting next to you. Chances are, you would be right as long as whatever you think you heard fully agrees with scripture. Try journaling the responses you think you might be getting from Christ.
Your aspiring servant,
October 4, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent "Conversations with Christ" blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: All scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.