Verse Of The Week : 24 Jun 2024

June 24, 2024

New Purpose: Seeking God in Prayer

Ready:

“Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!”

Psalm 105:3-4

Set:

How many of you would ever consider eating tacos before working out or racing?
I don’t think that tacos would be the food of choice to set that new personal record in a race or workout!
I want to introduce a powerful tool called “TACOS prayers” as we step into this new week and how we can incorporate “TACOS” even into our training and workouts.

TACOS is an acronym: “Thanksgiving, Adoration, Confession, Others, Self”

This is a model that we can use to seek the Lord through prayer.

T: Thanksgiving

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!” (Psalm 100:4) Approaching our Heavenly Father in prayer with a grateful heart and spending time to thank Him for whatever comes to your mind is a powerful way to enter a time in prayer.

A: Adoration

Adoration is telling God all the things that you love about Him.
“I love that You are _____.”
I love that You are faithful, a promise-keeper, my Shepherd, full of wisdom….and so much more.
Adoration turns our heart to Him to know what an awesome God He is.
He is worthy of praise!

C: Confession

Confession is a time to come into agreement with the Lord.
I like to take time to confess Jesus as my Savior as Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Also, confessing your sins in prayer and repenting, or turning, from those sins in desire and action, is key to walking in victory as a Christian.
1 John 1:9 is a promise for us that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

O: Others

There’s a quote I heard that, “If you have time to worry, you have time to pray!”
Lift up those around you in prayer and place all of their cares, concerns, and needs into the hands of the Lord.
Intercessory prayer is powerful.
Remember that Jesus is interceding for us too. (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25)

S: Self

There is nothing that is too big or too small to give to the Lord in prayer.
Take everything to Him in prayer.
Pray boldly and specifically.
Do not be afraid to pray about the deepest longings and desires of your heart.
Trust Him and thank Him that you know Him and can come before Him in prayer.

To conclude, spice things up this week and try some “TACOS prayers”—you can choose a certain amount of time for each category, or just walk, or run, through it at whatever pace you desire to.
Ask for the Holy Spirit to lead you in your time of prayer and remember that “those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)

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