“When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”Prayer is a picture of our humble dependence on God. Some have suggested there are four important aspects of prayer taught by our Lord, and they can be remembered by the acronym A-C-T-S. A – Adoration to God. Jesus teaches us to begin prayer in praise to God. “Hallowed be Your name.” The psalms demonstrate numerous examples of this attitude toward God. “Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.” (Psalm 21:13) C – Confession to God. The power of the Christian life is found in the gospel message (Romans 1:16). This message reminds us of the awesome love of God through Christ’s forgiving work on the cross. But we must remember our sinfulness before we can enjoy the blessing of forgiveness. Jesus teaches us to say: “Forgive us our sins.” T – Thanksgiving to God. Jesus reminds us every fulfilled need is due to the mercy and daily provision of God. So He prayed, “Give us our daily bread.” S – Supplication from God. Even though we are sinners God will supply everything we need if we simply ask. Jesus reminds us to prioritize our deepest needs. “Lead us not into temptation.” “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7) RESPOND 1- Examine your prayer life. In which category do you spend the most time? 2- Which category do you often overlook in your prayer life? 3- What keeps you from praying more? 4- Ask God to give you a new heart for prayer as you enter this new year. 5- Write a prayer to God covering each category & commit to praying every day.