As a field missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), I have the privilege to focus my efforts in Tulare and Kings counties. I train and work with many volunteers who reach children in the afterschool Good News Club (GNC). The children represent diverse social, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. The GNC is an extra-curricular, optional afterschool activity held in public elementary schools. What I have noticed is the unique interactions that happen between the students and teachers, especially when sharing about the topic of prayer. There is a facial expression of hope and love that a child conveys when prayer is the topic of conversation. Why is that? As I ponder on this question I am reminded of how the CEF curriculum helps teachers simplify the topic of prayer for a child to understand. Prayer consists of talking to God and although there are different things to talk to God about, this simplified version can also be used as a guide for adults. The word “ACTS” is an acronym for the following words. First is, “A” for adoration, which is spending time adoring God and acknowledging how you view Him: full of love, holy, powerful, a creator, etc. (see Psalm 95:1-6). The second is “C” for confession. This is the part where one humbles themselves and admits to God what he or she thought, said or did that broke God’s laws. There’s so much relief that comes with knowing that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Thirdly is “T” for thanksgiving. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday I am sure we will be hearing this word a lot, but to actually be thankful brings forth a whole different feeling. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” How awesome is this! Even studies prove the positive benefits of having a thankful heart; how much more is it to tell God how thankful you are because of Him which leads to a stronger relationship with Him (see Philippians 4:6). Lastly, is “S” for supplication. Everyone has a request but there is something about humbly asking the God who created all things and makes the impossible be possible. The God that we serve may respond: “yes, “not yet” or “no.” But in all of our supplications, He will answer. I pray that these four aspects of prayer, can be of great help to you as you gather some ideas about what to talk to God about today.
Ruth Diaz is a field missionary for Child Evangelism Fellowship. To learn more about CEF, visit tinyurl.com/3cxmktxv. Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors, and guest laypeople, of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church and Lemon Cove Community Church.
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