Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.
Yesterday we discussed the first word of the prayer acrostic, A.C.T.S. with “Adoration.” The second word that is a great part of prayer is “Confession.” Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to bring someone to confession like the younger son here in the parable of the prodigal son.
Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, whosent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, `How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. (Luke 15:13-18)
Confession comes naturally after extreme failure and sin. That is why confession is not the first thing on our prayer lists. Yet when talking with God we need to realize the standard of perfection that is God’s. We fail very often with sins of omission (things we should have done that we did not do.) Here is where prayer can have a life changing powerful effect in our lives. Confession opens our minds to how we can improve every aspect of our lives for God and for others.
Father, forgive me each and every day. Many days my sin is not obvious to others or even myself. Yet you know all things. I have taken for granted those nearest to me and have not always been the light for this world that I am called to be. Thank you for forgiveness that comes through Jesus your only begotten Son. Amen.