Begin by spending time in the first three steps of the ACTS system. To help with Adoration, try to memorise the following verse:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isa. 6:3)
Continue with Confession and Thanksgiving.
When it comes to Supplication, the Bible shows us the richness of bringing other people’s needs to God, not just our own. We saw yesterday that Jesus intercedes for us; and God had given us the wonderful privilege of being able to intercede for others. And just as God loves to answer Jesus’s prayers, so he loves to answer our prayers for each other!
Paul’s prayers are a wonderful model of how to pray for other Christians. As he shares his prayer life with his readers, we see how the gospel of Jesus shaped his most important priorities for his brothers and sisters in Christ.
Think of a few people from your church family who you could pray for today. You might like to think of:
- Someone with a particular need or difficulty
- A newer person at church
- Someone you are close to
First, spend a few moments praying for them in the way that you normally would. (Don’t worry about whether you are praying “correctly.” You are asking for good things! Ask, and God will answer in the wisest way.)
Now slowly read over Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:9–11. Notice the things he asks God on behalf of the Philippian Christians. Then pray for the same people you just prayed for. But this time, for each one, take something from Paul’s prayer, and ask God to do the same for that person. You can use Paul’s words or adapt them to your own words.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:9-11)
Verses for further prayer: Any of Paul’s prayers (listed below).
Ephesians 1:15–21: 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 3:14–21: 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Philippians 1:9–11: 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Colossians 1:9–14: 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
1 Thessalonians 1:2–3: 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11–12: 11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.