When we need to pray

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I like the acronym “A. C. T. S.” we use as a guideline for prayer. While “adoration” is a great place to start, I find that “confession” is usually where I start and out of that time comes a flow of worship.

Then I confessed my sins to you;
    I did not conceal my wrongdoings.
I decided to confess them to you,
    and you forgave all my sins. – Psalm 32:5 GNT

It is a prayer that we all need to pray.

I notice that one of the first things I lose when I find myself stepping away from God is the absence of confession and quickly it becomes the absence of prayer itself. Losing time reading/meditating on the Bible, hearing the voice of God and ultimately when I stop seeing/pondering the beauty of creation come closely after that. I start each day with this thought in mind —

I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7 GNT

“Friendship exhibits a glorious “nearness by resemblance” to Heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of God. For every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. That, says an old author, is why the Seraphim in Isaiah’s vision are crying “Holy, Holy, Holy” to one another (Isaiah VI, 3). The more we thus share the Heavenly Bread between us, the more we shall all have.” – Lewis