When you have kids, there is lots to pray about! Since our children were born, they became a natural part of this process. We pray at meals, at night, and anytime anyone gets a boo boo or has a pressing need during the day. We try to model the importance of being thankful and talking to God when we pray, not just calling off our wish list. For some reason (probably our sinful human nature), it’s hard for kids and adults alike to grasp the fact that God isn’t Santa Claus. We need to spend time Adoring God, Confessing to God, Thanking God, and presenting our requests to God (Supplication)–ACTS for short.Model being thankful and talking to God when you pray, not just calling off your wish list. Click To Tweet
ACTS is not an original idea that I came up with. In fact, it has been around for a long time, so there is really no way of knowing who came up with it. Even though it’s been around for a long time, many of us forget or neglect to do it. Is it really that important if it’s a man-made idea anyway? The truth of the matter is that it was actually God’s idea. (Just not in so many words.)
Jesus first presented the idea of ACTS when he taught us the Lord’s prayer. The purpose of the Lord’s was to teach us to pray. Jesus didn’t call it ACTS, but He did model the concept for us in Matthew 6.
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is
the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Matthew 6:9-13 NASB
Easier Said Than DoneWe need to teach kids to adore God, confess sin, and be thankful, but how? Click To Tweet
It’s easy to say that we need to teach our kids to adore God in prayer, to confess, or even to be thankful, but how do we actually teach them to do this? Over the next several days, we will dive into the specifics of how to teach your children to pray. Of course, there is no one right way to pray, but lots of great ways to help our kids (and ourselves!) converse with God. We will take a look at some practical activities you can do with your kids to help them understand the different aspects of prayer and remember to implement them.
Until Next Time
Begin talking with your kids about the ACTS acronym. Explain what each letter represents…
Adoration–Showing that you adore God, telling Him what you love about who He is
Confession–Admitting to God the things that we have done wrong
Thanksgiving–Thanking God for all of our good gifts
Supplication–asking God for things we want and need
Have your child memorize the ACTS acronym. Try it out in your prayer time together. Then check back in to find more specific ideas for adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and more over the next several days.
Do you struggle to remember the different aspects of prayer, or is supplication your default? How do you teach your children to pray?