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How to Pray Powerfully for Your Children: Praying A.C.T.S.

January 20, 2020
Pray Constantly
For the busy mama: listen to an audio recording of this post!

So you want to pray more powerfully for your children, but you’re not even sure where to start. This is one of my favorite methods of prayer that my mom taught me when I was a kid. And now I use it all of the time, even without thinking about it! In this post, I’m going to show you how I pray A.C.T.S. for my kids.

A.C.T.S. stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. I’m going to go through what that means in a minute, but first let’s talk about what it’s like to pray as a mom.

Motherhood changes the way we pray.

I remember when I was a college student and could go for long prayer walks. I could pray about every single little thing I could possibly think of…That seems so far away right now! Some days I’m lucky if I can string together two minutes of prayer. 

Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

But these days what I’m emphasizing in my own life is the call to pray constantly – while I’m mothering, cooking, cleaning, resting, falling asleep, and all the little in-between moments. I pray for my husband, my children, my family members, the members of my small group, my church leadership, this blog. I praise God and thank Him. I tell him what I’m worried about, what I’m excited about, what I’m feeling in the moment. I pray for His will to be done in my life. 

For more ideas of when to pray, check out this post: 10 Unexpected Times to Pray.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Romans 8:26

Sometimes I just pray: “God…” and that’s all I’ve got. Just like reaching out a hand to know He’s there. So He knows I’m there, relying on Him through this crazy life. 

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