August Devotion

Prayer

Prayer is often described as “talking with God.” This is, indeed, a pretty good way to understand what prayer is but I think it's best thought of as “a meeting with God.” Sure, there’s some talking involved but I think there’s much more going on when we pray. Recall the devotion from February and the lesson on clouds. God, throughout The Old Testament, revealed His Shekinah Glory from the midst of a cloud. On Mt. Sinai, in the Tabernacle, in Solomon’s Temple... first Moses and then Aaron and the priests would “meet with God” on behalf of the children of Israel. We no longer meet with God in a cloud. Through His Holy Spirit, He has made our bodies His dwelling place and He lives within our hearts. So we can meet with Him anytime, in any place, and under any circumstances.
 
When praying, it is helpful to remember this acrostic: A.C.T.S.

Adoration

Acknowledge the beauty and perfect love of The Mighty Creator and marvel in awe at His power and majesty.

Praise the Lord!
1 Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
                                                          Psalm 150 (ESV)

Confession

With all sincerity confess your sins. Admit you’ve done the very things He has asked you to not do. Likewise, admit to turning away from opportunities He has given you to act for His glory.
 
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 8-9 (ESV)

Thanksgiving

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
                               Psalm 100:4 (ESV)
 
Supplication
 
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
John 14:13-14 (ESV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)