A Word From Pastor Nate
Brothers and sisters,
Today we finish the series on prayer. We examine one method to pray known as ACTS.
An article at Christianity.com defines supplication: "we can define supplication as a form of a prayer, a call for help from God. The term bears a spirit of reverence and devotion with it, a solemn prayer to a higher power." The only "higher power" worthy of prayer, is the Lord. The requests should be made with humility because we are communicating with Almighty God, the mighty maker of heaven and earth. Note that ACTS is only one approach to prayer. In addition, we do not need to include all four elements in each prayer.
o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 ESV
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV
The Triune God (Father, Son, and Spirit) gives us strength in times of fear. Paul in Philippians teaches us to not give in to our anxiety: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Scholars refer to Philippians as the epistle or letter of joy. Paul is a prisoner; however, his response is not based on his circumstances. Although he endured multiple improvements, the apostle based his life on his identity in Jesus.
God is the giver of all good things. Paul notes that if we thankfully approach the Lord, with prayer and supplication, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. The word supplication is found sixty times in the Bible.
We make humble requests to our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The editors of Christianity.com note "The book of James states that: on the one hand, we don't receive because we don't ask (James 4:2). On the other hand, we ask and don't receive because we are thinking only of our fleshly desires (James 4:3). Reasonably the best way to approach supplications is to ask God in all sincerity as children talking to their kind-hearted Father, but finishing with "Your will be done" (Matthew 26:39), in complete submission to God’s plan."
As children of a loving Father in submission to our God, we wisely ask for what we and others need. Unlike everything around us the Lord does not change. His promises to us remain for eternity. Rejoice today for our gracious, loving, and merciful wants us to pray and make requests.
The Father loves you. Jesus loves you. The Holy Spirit loves you. The mighty maker of heaven and earth wants a relationship with you.
May the strength of God sustain us; may the power of God preserve us; may the hands of God protect us; may the way of God direct us; may the love of God go with us this day and forever. Amen. The Lord lift up His countenance upon us, and give us peace, this day and forever more. Amen.
Bible Study Tools -- Dictionary
Christianity.com -- What Is Supplication? Biblical Meaning and Significance
Crosswalk.com -- Why Is 'Prayer of Supplication' Meaningful to Christians?
GotQuestions.org -- Is the ACTS formula for prayer a good way to pray?
GotQuestions.org -- What is a prayer of supplication?