This type of prayer will usually encompass the different elements we associate with praying - a simple way of remembering this is by the acronym "A.C.T.S.", which stands for A
hanksgiving and S
- this is an important place to begin. When we worship God we remind ourselves of who he is - his holiness and beauty, his great creativity and saving grace.
- as we become aware of the greatness of God, we can not help but realise our own failings, sins and inadequacies. A good pastoral prayer will give space for reflection and for asking God's forgiveness.
- there are many things that you can include in your prayer here - such as celebrating God's forgiveness, gratitude for his daily care, provision and protection, and answered prayers experienced by members of your congregation.
- supplication is about asking God for something - either for yourself or for others in intercession. There may be some specific situation that you want to include in your prayer here.
Finally, consider closing the prayer by dedicating
the meeting and the congregation into God's hands for his leading and guidance.
Remember that you can mix the order of these A.C.T.S. elements up as God leads you by His Spirit!
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