Adoration. Worshipping God for who he is. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his holy name” (Psalm 29:2).
Confession. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9).
Thanksgiving. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Supplication (petitions). “In every situation, by prayer and petition . . . present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
I find this simple liturgy to be a helpful corrective to merely asking God for things — or failing to ask.
I wouldn’t want the ACTS method to become a new law to obey. Rather, my hope is that you’ll find freedom and grace inside a simple structure.
Which parts of prayer do you focus on most?
Which parts, if any, do you tend to neglect?
Quite a few years ago my friend Paul Manson taught me the ACTS method, which I’ve revived of late.