Prayers of the people

Posted: Jan 8, 2008 in Prayer

Below is a prayer that follows along a basic outline of prayer. First, you will see the Lord’s Prayer followed by an outline for prayer based on an acrostic ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication).Many in our VineLife family have said that they do not know where to begin or what to pray for. I, too, often do not know what to pray. During such times and often even when I have words, I pray the Lords Prayer, which is the first part of the prayer. It is great for meditation and repetition.Believe me when I say that this prayer actually is more beneficial for me and speaks into my life and makes me aware of the opportunities that God has given for service and ministry to those he is seeking. I pray that this helps each of you as you seek to grow into the image of Christ each day.

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Pray with me…

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
For Your is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.

Adoration:

• God you are the Almighty
• God you are gracious
• God you are the Warrior of my life
• God you are deserving of all honor and praise
• God you are the Caretaker
• God you are the only Judge of all
• God you are Just
• God you are Breath and Life
• God you are King of my Life

Confession:

• God I cannot do anything without you
• God I confess that I desire control over my life
• God I am a sinner in need of mercy
• God I cannot stop [insert your vice(s)] without your help
• God I confess that you are Lord of my life and I need the salvation you provide
• God forgive me for the lusts of my heart
• God forgive me for believing the lies of the evil one

Thanksgiving:

• Thank you Lord for your care and love for your people.
• Thank you for moving us into action.
• Thank you for your continue restoration of the lost sheep of this world back into your fold.
• Thank you for overcoming us, breaking us and molding us into the image of Christ.
• Thank you for loving the weak, the homeless, the poor and the downtrodden. Help us to love as you love and care as you care.
• Thank you for our family at VLC and the greater body of believers throughout this world.

Supplication:

• This week, the owners of La Dolce Vita Bakery, are considering closing up shop. While it might seem as though I am concerned for VineLife (VLC’s) hopefulness of using it as a place for our assemblies, I am not. Instead, please pray for clarity and discernment of the staff and owners at La Dolce Vita Bakery as I know they are under a lot of stress. Pray that God will provide for them, in His way, which is always bigger than our fleshly bodies can comprehend or understand. Lord be with them.
• VLC’s spiritual transformation
• God’s direction for VLC and our submission to His will.
• God’s protection of VLC family and the marriages in our VLC family
• God’s protection of the VLC children
• God’s direction in the lives of those who are slowly slipping away from their VLC family and God
• God’s protection of VLC’s vision and mission, in as much as it is within his will
• God’s provision monetarily, spiritually and in patience, perseverance and boldness for VLC as we seek to do the kingdom works he has prepared.
• Be with the leaders across America and the world. Bring peace, bring justice, bring redemption through them. Help us Lord!
• God we believe in you, help our unbelief!

Amen

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Comments
  1. mtnbke2000 says:

    ACTS prayers may seem a bit cheesy to some, but they are so powerful! One of the things I have done in the past is hover around the “Adoration” portion of the prayer. I choose one characteristic of God, “You are Sovereign” for example, and then I list all the ways God is sovereign.
    Though God already knows how awesome he is, I would venture to say adoration is at the top of the list because it reminds us that we really are tiny, insignificant grains of sand when it comes to the scope of the Almighty God…

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