The A.C.T.S. prayer method
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication

(Adapted from the Amplified Bible,
available on-line, from places like BibleGateway.com)

Example of How to Use the A.C.T.S. Prayer Method

Father, I ADORE you because the Bible “is perfect, restoring the whole person” and it’s able to make “wise the simple”—such as myself. It’s “more to be desired…than gold, even than much fine gold.” It’s “sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Moreover, by” it are people “warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed)”—including myself—“and in keeping them there is great reward.” I adore you for helping my readers by restoring their whole being, making those of them that are overly simple like myself wise, receive Bible words as sweeter than honey right from the honeycomb, and show them the great rewards of following Your son Jesus.

Father, I CONFESS “how often” my readers and I have “defied and rebelled against” you: in thought, in action, in attitude.

Father, I THANK you that you have “made” yourself “known” to the people of other countries, nationalities, and religions; to people in the various churches I’ve belonged to—and to me personally. I thank You – in advance – for making Yourself known also to my readers.

“Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.” I ask that you give my readers gladness in proportion to their years of misery; replace evil that’s been done to them with good, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Introduction
There are numerous prayer formats (such as the Lord’s Prayer, A.C.T.S., and others). It’s not that important which method you use to help you pray.
Even the Lord’s Prayer (also called the Our Father prayer) is helpful largely because it outlines some of the common phases of extended periods of prayer. Many of the other methods of prayer incorporate some of these progressive steps (adoration, thanksgiving, etc.)
What is important is that you find a tool that works for you to help you pray for extended periods of time. Prayer tools help you (1) not run out of things to pray about, (2) keep you from getting bored, and (3) help your mind not wonder off track.
We can, and should, also pray short spontaneously prayers (while driving, while getting ready to go places, during stressful moments of the day, etc.).
Even the newest of Christians should learn how to pray. But mature believers (in the Bible who have a personal relationship with Jesus) need also learn how to pray more effectively—and for longer than just a few moments at a time.
About this writing
The material in this article, like the topics I teach at a monthly Bible study, originally was used in my personal devotional times with God. I begin reading and studying (privately and in groups) the Bible in 1976. It seems like every year my love for The Scriptures increases even more.
I have read the Bible cover-to-cover numerous times since then (a practice I usually discourage less mature believers). I, like most believers, have favorite books of the Bible I enjoy. My all time favorite is the Psalms. For several years in a row, I have read five chapters of Psalms each day of every month (There are enough of them for months with 30 days; on months with 31 days, you can randomly pick any five Psalms).
The last two or three years, I started writing parts of each day’s readings into personalized prayers. I also began seeing various patterns of markings I had been making in my printed Bibles (now I use even a wider selection of Bible versions online, from places like BibleGateway.com). This marking eventually became subheadings for the various sections of this article.

Recommended use:
Put one “hash mark”–in pencil—next to the verse you pray. Pick up where you left off the next time. When the lines are full of marks erase them—and start marking all over again. EXAMPLE |||| |.

Spend a little time in each of the first three categories, before using the last one -supplication. That simply means making requests for you or for others.

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Adoration
(honoring, worship, reverence)

Basic purpose:
This section is designed to help us honor many of the traits that make God the highest source of good outside of human capability, get us in the practice of reverencing God with our mouths, and jump start our own personal reasons for worshiping Him.

Although God wants to meet many of our requests/prayers, he is not a genie in the sky. His ways are higher than our ways. He wants us to, in part, realize who we are really praying to before we ask for things.

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SUGGESTED USE:
Choose—at least 10 (I like using a page or more)—each time you pray for yourself, pray about someone, or pray with someone.

“The Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous.” Father, I ADORE you for that. I know we have no righteousness in ourselves; it’s available only because of your son Jesus, and the heavy prices he paid for each one of us. Psalm 1:6 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with you).” Psalm 4:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you have made” us “but a little lower than God or heavenly beings, and you have crowned” us “with glory and honor. You made” us “to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under” our “feet.” Psalm 8:5-6 _______
Father, I ADORE you because those who put their faith in you—“shall remain and continue forever.” Psalm 9:7 _______
Father, I ADORE you because in your new earth you “will minister justice to the peoples.” Psalm 9:8 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you “will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).” Psalm 9:9 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “king forever and ever.” Psalm 10:16 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “the words and promises of the Lord,” written by God-inspired writers in the Bible, “are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.” Psalm 12:6 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you hold and maintain my lot” as the founder of a hugely successful ministry organization. Psalm 16:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my keen and firm strength…my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.” Psalm 18:2 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “with the perverse you will show yourself contrary.” Psalm 18:26 _______
Father, I ADORE you because your “way is perfect! The word of the Lord,” by the numerous authors in the Bible writing over various time periods, “is tested and tried.” You are “a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in” you. Psalm 18:30 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you’re the one “who girds me with strength and makes my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you’re willing to make me “able to stand firmly or make progress.” Psalm 18:32 _______
Father, I ADORE you because the Bible “is perfect, restoring the whole person” and it’s able to make “wise the simple”—such as myself. It’s “more to be desired…than gold, even than much fine gold.” It’s “sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Moreover, by” it are people “warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed)”—including myself—“and in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7, 10-11 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “my firm, impenetrable rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you send blessings of good things to meet” those who ask you to become their savior and Lord. Psalm 22:3 _______
Holy Spirit, I ADORE you as “my shepherd to feed, guide, and shield me.” I declare—in faith—that through you “I shall not lack.” Psalm 23:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “the king of glory,” and “the Lord strong and mighty.” Psalm 24:8 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “the refuge and stronghold” of my life. Your Scriptures are my sanctuary. Psalm 27:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you are my strength and my stronghold.” Psalm 31:4 _______
Father, I ADORE you; “oh, how great is your goodness.” Psalm 31:19 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you preserve “the faithful, and plentifully” pay “back him who deals haughtily.” Psalm 31:23 _______
Father, I ADORE you “O God” by panting and longing for you like an animal running from a predator. Psalm 42:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “my rock.” Psalm 42:9 _______
Father, I ADORE you as “the God of my strength [my stronghold.” Psalm 43:2 _______
I ADORE you, O Lord, because “graciousness” is poured upon your lips. I ask that you pour “graciousness” upon my lips—every time—I speak or write anything. Psalm 45:2 _______
I ADORE you, “O God,” because “your throne…is forever and ever.” I also ADORE you because “the scepter of your kingdom” is “righteousness.” Psalm 45:6 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you “know and am acquainted with all the birds of the mountains.” Psalm 50:11 _______
Father, I ADORE you because of “your mighty strength and power.” Psalm 54:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you for providing prayers of “allowing” with “glorious things [that…make the godly sing praises],” and prayers of “prohibiting” with “fearful…things [that terrify the wicked].” Psalm 56:5 _______
Father, I ADORE “you who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth.” Psalm 56:5 _______
Jesus, I ADORE you because you “sit enthroned forever before the face of God.” “Ordain that loving-kindness and faithfulness may watch” over us. Psalm 61:7 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “my hope and expectation is from you.” Psalm 62:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you because ultimate “power belongs to” you. Psalm 62:11 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you bear “our burdens and” carry “us day by day.” Psalm 68:19 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you’re “a God of deliverances and salvation” of our families and acquaintances. Psalm 68:20 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you’re “awe-inspiring, profoundly impressive,” and give “strength and fullness of might.” Psalm 68:35 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you are my hope”—regarding all the things I pray for. Psalm 71:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “glorious and excellent.” Psalm 76:4 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you’re the “Lord God of hosts.” Psalm 84:8 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you bestow “present grace and favor and future glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bless)!” Psalm 84:11 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you are great and work wonders! You alone are God.” Psalm 86:7 _______
Holy trinity, I ADORE you because “the earth…and all that is in it, you have founded.” Psalm 89:11 _______
I ADORE you as “my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation!” Psalm 89:26 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “your doings” are “great.” Psalm 92:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are good, your “mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting.” Your “faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.” Psalm 100:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you as the one “who redeems” our lives “from the pit and corruption, who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns” us “with loving-kindness and tender mercy.” Psalm 103:4 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “good, for” your “mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!” Psalm 106:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you because your “works…are great.” I’m seeking out—and have “delight” in—your great works to me and through me. Psalm 111:2 _______
Father, I ADORE you because your “righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 111:3 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “the works of” your “hands are absolute truth and justice; and all” your “decrees and precepts are sure (fixed, established, and trustworthy).” Psalm 111:7 _______
Father, I ADORE you because your Word is “inspiring” of “awe” and “reverence.” Psalm 111:9 _______
Father, I ADORE you because your “right hand…does valiantly and achieves strength.” Psalm 118:16 _______
Holy trinity, I ADORE you because “my help comes from” you, “who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are the one “who keeps” me regarding the Crazy Cycles of relationships—and “will not slumber” regarding unchanged situations in my life. Psalm 121:3 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “good” and your “mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.” Psalm 136:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you have exalted above all else your name and your word and you have magnified your word above all your name!” Psalm 138:2 _______
Father, I so much want to “sing of the ways of the Lord and joyfully celebrate” your “mighty acts.” I ADORE you because “great is the glory” that comes from you “Lord.” Psalm 138:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you because: “You have searched me thoroughly and have known me,” “you know my down sitting and my uprising,” “you understand my thought afar off,” “you sift and search out my path and my lying down,” “you are acquainted with all my ways,” and “there is not a word in my tongue still unuttered, but, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” Psalm 139:1-4 _______
Holy Spirit, I ADORE you because “your hand” leads me with Glory of God Ministries “and your right hand shall hold me” with avid fans. Psalm 139:10 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “even the darkness hides nothing from you, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to you.” Psalm 139:12 _______
Father, I “PRAISE you for you are…wonderful…wonderful are your works.” Psalm 139:14 _______
Father, once again, I ADORE you because “my frame was not hidden from you when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought as if embroidered with various colors.” Psalm 139:15 _______
Father, I ADORE you that “in your book all the days of my life,” and the lives of our family members, are “written.” Psalm 139:16 _______
Father, I ADORE you because “you are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you for upholding “the fatherless” and “the widow.” Psalm 146:9 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you “shall reign forever…from generation to generation.” Psalm 146:10 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “gracious and lovely.” Psalm 147:1 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you’re able to count “the number of the stars”—and even call “them all by their names.” Psalm 147:4 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you are “great,” have “great power,” and your “understanding is inexhaustible and boundless.” Psalm 147:5 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you lift “up the humble and downtrodden.” Psalm 147:6 _______
Father, I ADORE you because you take “pleasure in those who…hope in” your “mercy and loving-kindness.” Psalm 147:11 _______
Father, I ADORE you because your “name alone is exalted and supreme!” Your “glory and majesty are above earth and heaven!” Psalm 148:13 _______
Father, I ADORE you for “giving them” your “people…power, prosperity, dignity, and pre-eminence.” Psalm 148:14 _______

Confession
(acknowledgment, admission)

Basic purpose:
This section is designed to get us to admit our weaknesses and our poor choices. It is very humbling to acknowledge, even to God, areas where we as a human race do not possess everything we need.

Adoration gets God’s attention probably for many of the same reasons it gets our parents attention when we are teenagers requesting favors, and gets others attention as adults when we need assistance: it shows the highest level of appreciation.

Confession gets God’s sympathy probably for many of the same reasons it get the sympathy of a supervisor: it shows that, even as independent and talented as we might be, that we are ultimately interdependent on others.

SUGGESTED USE:
Choose—at least 3—each time you pray for yourself, pray for someone, or pray with someone.


“O Lord,” God, I CONFESS that “I am weak (faint and withered away).” Father, strengthen my motivations to do the right things so I won’t be “withered away” today. Psalm 6:2 _______
Father, I CONFESS that “my eye grows dim because of grief” over ¬¬¬______;“it grows old because of all my enemies” within ______. Psalm 6:7 _______
Father, I CONFESS that “with grief my eye is weakened” regarding ______. Psalm 31:9 _______
Father, I CONFESS “my iniquities,” of ______, are “as a heavy burden they weight too much for me.” Psalm 38:4 _______
Father, I CONFESS that “my heart throbs, my strength fails me” in the area of ______. “As for the light of my eyes,” it “also is gone from me.” Psalm 38:10 _______
Father, I CONFESS that “my heart is overwhelmed and fainting.” Psalm 61:2 _______
Father, I CONFESS “how often” I have “defied and rebelled against” you. Psalm 78:40 _______
Father, you’ve promised that I’d “be established and ever abide”—and that you “shall strengthen” me. I CONFESS I need to be established, to ever abide, and to be strengthened. Psalm 89:21 _______
Father, I CONFESS I’ve “spoken unadvisedly with” my “lips” to ______—and to ______. Psalm 106:33 _______
Father, I CONFESS that “my heart is breaking with the longing” to talk with—and be with_____. Psalm 119:20 _______
Father, I CONFESS: “where could I flee,” in my thought life, “from your presence?” Psalm 139:7 _______

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Thanksgiving
(appreciation, thankfulness, gratitude)

Basic purpose:

To help us appreciate, be thankful for, and show gratitude to God. It is true that people who give thanks are more apt to receive more things to be thankful for – from other people and from God.

SUGGESTED USE:
Choose—at least 5 (I like to do half of a page)—each time you pray for yourself or pray about someone, or pray with someone.
Father, I THANK you because you have “not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) you on the authority of” the “Word and the right of” our “necessity.” Psalm 9:10 _______
Father, I THANK you that you have “made” yourself “known” to the people of other countries, nationalities, and religions; to people in the various churches I’ve belonged to—and to me personally. Psalm 9:16 _______
Father, I THANK you that “from my mother’s womb you have been my God.” Psalm 22:10 _______
Father, I THANK you that so many of “the poor and afflicted” of Tacoma were indeed feed, and thank you—in advance—that through you they’ll also “be satisfied.” Psalm 22:26 _______
Father, I THANK you that the words of the Bible “comfort me”—and will also comfort others through me. Psalm 23:4 _______
Father, I THANK you that you “drew me up out of a horrible pit…out of the miry clay” of ______, and “set my feet upon a rock” at ______ and ______. I thank you—in advance—that you’re also going to steady “my steps” and establish “my goings.” Psalm 40:2 _______
Father, I THANK you that “you favor and delight in me.” Psalm 41:11 _______
Father, THANK you for giving “me the heritage of those who fear, revere, and honor your name” as an adopted member of your royal family. Psalm 61:5 _______
Father, I THANK you—in advance—for being “my glory” regarding my future, and “unyielding strength.” Psalm 62:7 _______
Father, I THANK you—in advance—because “you crown the year [2016] with your bounty and goodness.” Psalm 65:11 _______
Father, I THANK you that you have “not rejected my prayer nor removed” your “mercy and loving-kindness from being as it always is with me.” Psalm 66:20 _______
Father, I THANK you that “you have been my benefactor”—even though I’m often not aware of it—“from my mother’s womb.” Psalm 71:6 _______
Father, I THANK you because “great is your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; you have delivered me” in the past, the present, and the future. Psalm 86:11 _______
Father, I THANK you that you’ve “given food and provision,” to me and Nancy time after time. Psalm 111:5 _______
Father, I THANK you that “your” inspired Word has become “my delight and my counselors.” Psalm 119:24 _______
Father, I THANK you that even in the Pacific Northwest you make “the sun to rule over the day.” Much of the year it rules through fog or clouds; I thank you that, even through the grayness and the coolness, it rules. We may have to use outerwear much of the time, and add to the sun’s vitamin D with supplements, yet I’m grateful we have a sun at all to “rule” and give us infrared heat and lush greenery here in the Pacific Northwest. Psalm 136:8 _______
I THANK you that you have “not dealt so with any other nation” as you have with Israel. Its people have “understood, appreciated, given heed to, and cherished” your “ordinances.” Psalm 147:20 _______

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Supplication
(request, plea, prayer)

Basic purpose:

To, finally, allow us to offer prayers for other people—and requests and pleas for ourselves.
Choose one of the categories of other people to pray for briefly before adding your own custom prayers for yourself. God is now willing to move heaven and earth on your behalf, yet still in his timing, because you at a minimum (1) realize who you are really praying to, (2) realize you are ultimately interdependent on others, and (3) realize you must appreciate, be thankful for, and show gratitude to God and others when they work on your behalf.
If you have made it this far in the A.C.T.S Pray Method, you’ve most likely done what’s the ultimate goal anyway. That is to make a habit of giving adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication from God throughout the day—whether it is for extended periods of structured prayer or briefly while going about your day.
In short, you have created a godly lifestyle of prayer—having a conversation with God about the things that are dearest to his heart. This is a Bible based principle of people, whether they know it or not, who write positive mental attitude books. To be a master conversationalist with anybody you merely have to initiate discussions about things they are most interested in.
Every new category of supplication (praying for other people) you use takes you that much deeper in your life—as a prayer warrior in training.

SUGGESTED USE:
Choose—as many as you have time for—each time you pray for yourself or pray about someone, or pray with someone.
Baby step requests
“Lead me, O Lord…make Your way level (straight and right) before my face” in the areas of _______ and _______ Psalm 5:8 _______
“…making wise the simple” Father, make me wise. Psalm 19:7 _______
“He soothes…turbulent humanity” Father, soothe my “turbulent humanity.” Psalm 65:7 _______
“…he seizes the poor when he draws him into is net.” Father, don’t let Satan seize “the poor” amongst my family and friends or even draw them “into his net.” Psalm 10:9 _______
“…O Lord! O God…forget not the …[patient and crushed]” such as myself. Psalm 10:12
“…awake to the justice due me” regarding _______ and _______. “Vindicate me, O Lord my God.” Psalm 35:23-24 _______
Father, help “my heart” be “fixed, O God” and make it “steadfast and confident!” Psalm 57:7 _______
“Rise up! Come to our help, and deliver us for Your mercy’s sake and because of Your steadfast love!” Psalm 44:26 _______
Holy Spirit, become “my companion and my familiar friend.” Psalm 55:13 _______
“Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil hears with good.” Psalm 90:10 _______
Father, “regard the plea of the destitute” and don’t “despise” our “prayer.” Psalm 102:17 _______
Father, hush “the storm” in my life “to a calm and to a gentle whisper.” Psalm 107:29 _______
Father, “bring my life out of prison” in the area of _______ “that I may confess, praise, and give thanks to Your name.” Psalm 142:7 _______
Father, “bring my life out of trouble and free me from distress.” Psalm 143:11 _______
Father, “deliver those” such as myself “who are drawn away…hold” us “back [from…doom].” Proverbs 24:11 _______
“…I know that You always hear and listen to Me [Jesus], but I have said this on account of and for the benefit of the people standing around, so that they may believe that You did send Me.” John 11:42 _______
“…Let the thief steal no more” from me, my family, or my friends. Ephesians 4:28 _______
“Whatever happens…may the Lord give” us “joy.” Philippians 3:1 _______
“…undo…the works the devil [has done]” in the area of _______. 1 John 3:8 _______

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Glory
Holy Spirit, show me the places “where your glory,” the magnificence of The Father, “dwells” around me today. Psalm 26:8 _______
Holy Spirit, help me look “upon you in the sanctuary” of intercessory prayer “to see your power and your glory.” Psalm 63:2 _______
Holy Spirit, help me “rejoice in God” more and more—and “glory” in you. Psalm 63:11 _______|

Revival
Father, you’ve declared “the wicked shall be turned back…even all the nations that forget or are forgetful of God.” I boldly ask that you’d send revival again upon America. Psalm 9:17 _______
Father, since “the wicked in pride and arrogance hotly pursue and persecute the poor,” in America and around the world, I boldly ask “let them be taken”—those politicians, entrepreneurs, and soldiers—“in the schemes which they have devised.” Psalm 10:2 _______
Holy Spirit, help me appreciate that “the Lord is rigidly righteous” regarding me. Keep reminding me that he also “loves righteous deeds” that people do. Father, I so much want to repeatedly “behold” your “face.” Psalm 11:7 _______
“Help” America “Lord! For principled and godly people are here” so much less than they were during the founding of our country. Psalm 12:1 _______
Father, so many politicians speak “words without use or worth or truth with flattering lips and double heart deceitfully they speak.” I boldly ask that you’d “cut off all flattering lips and the tongues that speak proud boasting” in our government—especially at the federal level. They “who say, ‘with our tongues we prevail’ ” in leading the American people astray from your standards. Show them, “who is Lord and master over” them. Psalm 12:2-4 _______
Holy Spirit, I boldly ask that you help there become multitudes of politicians in America—and in the other countries of the world—“who will not take a bribe against the innocent.” Psalm 15:9 _______
Holy Spirit, “I diligently seek for, inquire for” you, “and require” you “as” my “greatest need.” Help me continually find more reasons to“praise the Lord.” “May” my heart “be quickened now and forever!” Psalm 22:26 _______
Holy Spirit, I need to see that “he leads me”—every hour of everyday. Psalm 23:2 _______
Holy Spirit, lead “me in the paths of righteousness (uprightness and right standing with)” The Father. Psalm 23:3 _______

Father, deliver me “in the time of evil and trouble.” As an adopted child of God Almighty, I bind times of criminal vices: around our neighborhood, around our vehicle, around our families, and around our town; Father, take away times of distress, difficulty, or strife: with my family and friends. Psalm 41:1 _______
Father, bring me into my Canaan lands with “the light of your countenance.” Be “favorable toward” me and “delight” in me, not for what I do but for who I am in your presence. Psalm 44:3 _______

Father, “my inner self thirsts for you, my flesh longs and is faint for you, in a dry and weary land” of the Tacoma area “where no water is,” for the most part spiritually. Psalm 63:1 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d “let him,” or her—as the next president of the United States—“judge and govern your people with righteousness, and your poor and afflicted ones with judgment and justice.” Psalm 63:1 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I prohibit the “mission of angels of calamity and woe” from being sent upon our children—and boldly declare this prohibition on America also. Psalm 78:40 _______
“Turn again, we beseech you, O God of hosts” in revival across the land of America. “Look down from heaven and see, visit, and have regard for this vine!” Psalm 80:14-16 _______
Father, I boldly ask you to help America restore “the fundamental principles” of our Constitution and supporting documents—“upon which rests the administration of justice.” Psalm 82:5 _______
Father, help our federal and state governments once again act “on” our “behalf, as” our “representatives.” Psalm 82:6 _______
Father, help me and those I pray with “dwell in your presence,” so we’ll “be singing your praises all the day long” in our hearts. Psalm 84:4 _______
Father, “will you not revive us again” (the country of America) “that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6 _______
Father, may “truth…spring up from the earth” regarding revival in America, “and righteousness…look down from heaven” on our country again. “That” truth “[may tabernacle and abide in our land.” Psalm 85:11, 13 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you “let calamity follow…evil doings” of unscrupulous American politicians. Psalm 140:11 _______

Holy Spirit empowered

Holy Spirit, help me “be like a tree firmly planted and tended by the streams…ready to bring forth its fruit”; I boldly ask that you’d make “everything prosper and come to maturity.” Psalm 1:3 _______
Holy Spirit, “I diligently seek for, inquire for” you, “and require” you “as” my “greatest need.” Help me continually find more reasons to “praise the Lord.” “May” my heart “be quickened now and forever!” Psalm 22:26 _______

Holy Spirit, please help me to “behold the works of the Lord” in my life. Psalm 46:7 _______

Holy Spirit, help me perceive your guidance—everyday—“even until” my “death.” Psalm 48:14 _______
Holy Spirit, “you have demonstrated your power” in Bible times—and in modern times. Please do so also in—and through—me. Psalm 77:14 _______
Holy Spirit, help me show forth “your honor all the day” as a royal member of Your Kingdom. Psalm 71:8 _______
Holy Spirit, help me “lean and rely” on the Father; help me “confidently trust” him. Psalm 91:2 _______
Holy Spirit, help me make “the Most High” my “dwelling place.” Psalm 91:9 _______
Holy Spirit, help me experience the “glory and strength” of the Lord. Psalm 96:7 _______
Holy Spirit, help me “remember the multitude of” the Father’s “mercies.” I want to “imprint” his “loving-kindness on” my heart. Psalm 106:7 _______
Holy Spirit, help me find the “honorable and glorious” work The Father has for me. Psalm 111:3 _______
Holy Spirit, help me “do” more and more of “the will of the Lord” so that I can eventually have “a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning” in my life. Psalm 111:10 _______
Holy Spirit, help me be a man “who…reveres…the Lord,” so that I will be “BLESSED (happy, fortunate, to be envied).” Psalm 112:1 _______
Holy Spirit, help me be “uncompromisingly righteous” so that I “will not be moved” in my emotions, attitudes, resolve, or courage. Psalm 112:6 _______
Holy Spirit, help me find more and more things “to offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving” for in my life. Psalm 116:17 _______
Holy Spirit, I “seek, inquire for and of” you—“and crave” you. Psalm 119:2 _______
“Oh, that my ways were directed and established” by you, Holy Spirit. Psalm 119:5 _______
Holy Spirit, woo our children, and relatives to “observe” the Father’s “statutes [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them]!” Psalm 119:5 _______
Holy Spirit, help me by “taking heed and keeping watch on” myself regarding your holiness in me. Psalm 119:9 _______
“Oh” Holy Spirit, “let me not wander or step aside either in ignorance or willfully from” the Father’s “commandments.” Psalm 119:10 _______
Holy Spirit, help me “observe” the “word”—by “receiving…and obeying it.” Psalm 119:17 _______
Holy Spirit, “open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of” the Bible. Psalm 119:18 _______
Holy Spirit, help me establish “the ark [the symbol] of your strength.” Psalm 132:8 _______
Holy Spirit, “lead me in the way everlasting” so that there’s fewer and fewer “wicked or hurtful” ways “in me.” Psalm 139:24 _______
Holy Spirit, help all “my words”—both written and spoken—be “sweet (pleasant, mild, and just)”. Psalm 140:6 _______
Holy Spirit, help me “meditate on all your doings” from my past so that I can “ponder the work of your hands.” Psalm 143:5 _______
Joy and rejoicing
Holy Spirit, one of the character fruits you produce in people’s lives is joy. Please “put more joy and rejoicing in my heart.” Psalm 4:7 _______
Holy Spirit, once again, I ask that “my heart” may “rejoice and be in high spirits in your salvation”—in and through me—especially with our families and relatives. Psalm 13:5 _______
Father, “spare me, that I may recover cheerfulness” regarding ______, “and encouraging strength” regarding ______, “and know gladness” regarding ______, “before I go and am no more!” Psalm 39:13 _______
Holy Spirit, help me experience more and more times of “exceeding joy.” Psalm 43:4 _______

Parents exiled from their children (through separation or divorce)
Father, once again, I ask “how long will you forget me” –regarding the exile from my children. Psalm 13:1 _______
Father, “let my sentence of vindication” with my children, “come from you.” Psalm 17:2 _______
“For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity and guilt,” as an exiled parent, “for they are great.” Psalm 25:11 _______Psalm 25:11 _______

Father, you know that when it comes to my children “I am forgotten like a dead man, and out of mind; like a broken vessel am I”—and other exiled parents. Psalm 31:12 _______
Father, help me soon to “delight” myself “in the abundance of peace” with my kids. Psalm 37:11 _______
Father, though I’ve fallen many times, with my kids, help me “not be utterly cast down” anymore by them. Psalm 37:24 _______
Father, “my wounds are loathsome” regarding my kids. Psalm 38:5 _______
Father, “my pain” as an exiled parent, “and sorrow are continually before me.” Psalm 38:17 _______
Father, “withhold not your tender mercy from me, O Lord,” regarding my children; “let your loving-kindness…preserve me,” and “let your…truth continually preserve me.” Psalm 40:11 _______
Father, “cast” me “not off forever” regarding my parenthood. Psalm 44:23 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I declare that “God will redeem me from the power of” parental exile from my children. Psalm 49:15 _______
“Have mercy upon me, O God,” with the exile from my children,“according to your steadfast love; according to the multitude of your tender mercy and loving-kindness.” “Blot out my transgressions” with my children. Psalm 51:1 _______
Father, you know that our children “do not set” you “before them.” Holy Spirit, please gently—but unmistakably—draw them to the things of the kingdom. Psalm 54:3 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you “restore and confirm your heritage” of exiled parents, “when” they “languished and” were “weary.” Psalm 68:9 _______
Father, “rescue me” and other exiled parents “from out of the deep waters…out of the mire, and let” us “not sink.” “Let” us “be delivered from those” amongst our own families “who hate” us. Psalm 69:14 _______
Father, “cast me not off nor send me away” as an exiled parent, “in the time of old age.” Psalm 71:9 _______
Father, “quicken us” exiled parents “again.” Psalm 71:20 _______
Lord, will you “cast off forever” my children from me—and children from other exiled parents? Psalm 77:7 _______
Father, “let your compassion and tender mercy speedily come to meet us” exiled parents, “for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name.” Psalm 79: 8-9 _______
“Restore us again, O God” (parents exiled from their children through separation or divorce). “Cause your face to shine in pleasure and approval on us.” Psalm 80:3 _______
Father, take my “passing through the valley of weeping” as an exiled parent and “make it a place of springs.” Psalm 84:6 _______
Father, “restore us”— exiled parents—“O God of our salvation.” “Cause your anger toward us to cease forever.” Psalm 85:4 _______
Father, “will you prolong your…disfavor” of my parental exile? Psalm 85:5 _______
Father, “show us your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord” as exiled parents. “Grant us your salvation” of our children—and extended families. Psalm 85:7 _______
Father, “let” me “not turn again to self-confident folly” regarding the things that led me into parental exile. Psalm 85:8 _______
Father, “show me a sign of your…favor” upon my parenthood. “Show your approval of” us exiled parents, “when you help and comfort” us. Psalm 86:11 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d “let the redeemed” and exiled parents be “delivered from the hand of the adversary.” Psalm 107:2 _______
Father, you know how “my heart is wounded and stricken within me” regarding my lengthy parental exile. Psalm 109:22 _______
Father, I thank you—in advance—for declaring and showing “to His people” (those exiled parents) “the power of” your “works” in giving them “the heritage” of enjoyable parenthood. Psalm 111:5 _______
Father, I “give thanks”—in advance—“for” you being “good” and showing “mercy and loving-kindness” toward the relationships between my kids and me. Psalm 118:1 _______
Father, “take away from me reproach and contempt” from my children. Psalm 119:22 _______
Father, “raise me up” as a father again to each of my children, “and strengthen me according to the promises of your word.” Psalm 119:28 _______
“Have mercy on us, O Lord,” as parents who are exiled from our children. “Have mercy on and loving-kindness for us, for we are exceedingly satiated with contempt.” Psalm 123:3 _______
As a child of God Almighty, I declare that “they who sow in tears,” such as the parental exiles, “shall reap in joy and singing.” Psalm 126:5 _______
Father, us exiled parents so need to experience our “children” again, as “a heritage from the Lord.” Psalm 127:3 _______
Father, many of us exiled parents have “wept”—repeatedly—“when we earnestly remembered” the good times with our children. Psalm 137:1 _______
Father, “how shall we sing the Lord’s song,” in the Spirit or with our understanding, “in a strange land” without our children? Psalm 137:4 _______
Father, I lament that my children—and children of other exiled parents—have “crushed” our lives “down to the ground,” they have “made” us “to dwell in dark places as those who have been long dead.” Psalm 143:3 _______
Father, “I remember the” happy “days of old” with my children; help them reflect on those times more than on the unhappy ones. Psalm 143:5 _______
Father, I thank you—in advance—for “building up” and “gathering together the” parental “exiles” such as myself. Psalm 147:2 _______
Father, I adore you because you take “pleasure in” your “people,” and that you “will beautify the humble…and adorn the wretched with victory.” Psalm 149:4 _______

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These are yet other in meat-of-the-Word (prayer warrior level) sections. The “Lord’s Prayer” of Matthew chapter 6 talks about numerous prayer principles. One it mentions is the “binding” (preventing) and “loosing” (releasing) in the heavenly realm.

Christians and Jews
Father, I boldly ask you to “let all those” I pray for or with “who take refuge and put their trust in you” [true believers] “rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because you make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love your name be joyful in you and be in high spirits.” I also ask you to “make a covering over” the Israeli Defense Force “and defend them.” Psalm 5:11 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d “save” Christians and Jews around the world from death “from all those who pursue and persecute” them, “and deliver” them from harm. Psalm 7:1 _______
Father, “arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift up yourself against the rage of” the“enemies” of Jews and Christians;“and awake [and stir up] for me the justice” (with our incomes) “and vindication [that] you have commanded” (with our children). Psalm 7:6 _______
Father, I thank you—in advance—that “the enemy,” [those individuals and groups that attempt to cause harm to Christians and Jews] “have been cut off and have vanished in everlasting ruins.” Psalm 9:6 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d avenge “the blood of” your “people” [the martyred Christians and Jews around the world]. Psalm 9:12 _______
Father, you’ve promised that “you will keep them,” the Christians and Jews from around the world, “and preserve them.” I boldly ask that “you will guard and keep” them “from this evil generation”—of individual and group terrorists. Psalm 12:67 _______
Father, “now they” [terrorists from around the world] “surround” the Christians and Jews; “they set their eyes to cast” them “to the ground, like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.” I boldly ask that you’d “arise, O Lord! Confront and forestall them, [the terrorists] “cast them down! Deliver” your peoples’ lives “from the wicked.” Psalm 17:11-13 _______
Father, I thank you in advance for delivering “an afflicted and humble people” (the Christians and the Jews). Psalm 18:26 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you “redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles.” Psalm 25:22 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d “gather together” in Israel the Jews “who have made a covenant with” you from around the world. Psalm 50:5 _______
Father, I adore you as the one “who” has “done great things.” I ask you to continue doing great things for Christians and Jews around the world. Psalm 71:19 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I boldly prohibit the giving of even one more of “his people over also to the sword” or brutality of terrorist groups such as ISIS—and release angels of protection over Jewish people everywhere. Psalm 78:61-61 _______
Father, may you also “smote…adversaries” of Christians and Jews “in the back as they” flee—even without the involvement of any military personnel—and “put them to lasting shame and reproach” among their own people. Psalm 78:66 _______
Father, revenge “their blood” (the blood of soldiers, Christians, and Jews) that “they” (terrorists) “have poured out like water round about” the world. Psalm 79:3 _______
Father, “stir up your might, and come to save” the Christians and Jews—from around the world—from terrorist activities. Psalm 80:2 _______
Father, “deliver” Christians and Jews around the world “from the hands of” their “foes and those who pursue” them “and persecute” them. Psalm 31:15 _______
Father, “innumerable evils have compassed…about” the Christians and Jews around the world, so that women especially are “not able to look up.” The terrorists “are more than the hairs of” a person’s “head.” I boldly ask you “to deliver” persecuted people and “make hast to help” them. “Let them” (the terrorists) “be put to shame…driven backward and brought to dishonor who wish” these people “evil and delight in” their “hurt!” Psalm 40:11-14 _______
Father, subdue “peoples under” the Jews “and nations under” their “feet.” Psalm 47:3 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d make Jews everywhere—more and more—become “a united people for” you “God.” Psalm 47:9 _______
Father, you’ve also promised that “the enemy shall not…do…violence or outwit” the Israeli Defense Force, “nor shall the wicked afflict and humble” them. Please honor this word to your chosen people like never before in modern times. Psalm 89:22 _______
Father, you’ve promised to preserve “the lives of…the children of God,” to deliver “them out of the hand of the wicked.” I boldly ask you to have story and story circulate about how you’re delivering the lives of Christians and Jews around the world. Psalm 97:10 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you’d “execute justice…in Israel.” Psalm 99:4 _______
Father, I boldly ask “that I may see and share the welfare of your chosen ones.” I also ask “that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation” of Israel—and of America—“that I may glory with your heritage.” Psalm 106:5 _______
Father, when will you finally be “provoked…to anger with” (terrorists of Jews and Christians around the world) for “their practices.” Psalm 106:29 _______
Father, I boldly ask you not to let anymore Jews or Christians be given “into the hands of the heathen nations…that” hate “them” and rule “over them.” Psalm 106:41 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I release “sympathy” on “those who” carry Jews or Christians “away captive.” Psalm 106:46 _______
Father, continue gathering the Jews “from among the nations” back to Israel. Psalm 106:47 _______
Holy Spirit, I boldly ask that you’d noticeably minister to Christians in the “shadow of death.” Psalm 107:10 _______
Father, “give” the Israeli and American military “help against the adversary.” It is you “who shall tread down” their “adversaries.” Psalm 107:12-13 _______
Father, it’s been said that you “will crush the chief heads over lands many and far extended.” I boldly ask that you’d indeed “crush the chief heads over lands” of terrorists groups and aggressive nations, “many and far extended.” Psalm 110:6 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I declare Israel “will cut…off” “all nations (the surrounding tribes)…in the name of the Lord.” Psalm 118:10 _______
Father, I thank you—in advance—because you are the one “who keeps Israel” during these End Times days. Psalm 121:4 _______
Father, “may they” (the various nations from around the world) “prosper who love you the Holy City” of Jerusalem. Psalm 122:6 _______
Father, I lament—and you know all too well—that “our life” as Christians around the world “is exceedingly filled with the scorning and scoffing of those who are at ease” without you in their lives, “and with the contempt of the proud irresponsible tyrants” [dictators, terrorists, or presidents] “who disregard” your “law.” Psalm 123:4 _______
Father, may “peace be upon Israel” more and more as we approach the period of the antichrists. Psalm 125:5 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I declare he “has cut asunder the thick cords” of our American government “by which the wicked enslaved us.” Psalm 129:4 _______
Father, I boldly ask that“them”—the countries that come against Israel—will “be put to shame and turned backward.” Psalm 129:5 _______

Persecuted Christians
Holy Spirit, help persecuted Christians of other countries be able to “praise the Lord…for his mercy and loving-kindness” being “great toward” them. Psalm 117:1-2 _______

Terrorists
Father, I boldly ask that you’d “let them,” the terrorists around the world, “fall by their own designs and counsels; cast them out because of the multitude of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against you.” Psalm 5:10 _______
Father, “the wicked lie in wait” for people to terrorize around the world “and seek to put them to death.” Lord, you’ve promised you “will not leave them in their hands.” Psalm 37:32-33 _______
Father, I boldly ask you to excite “terror, awe, and dread” amongst group and individual terrorists. Psalm 47:2 _______
Father, I boldly ask you to make terrorists “stricken with terror” themselves “and” take “to flight.” Have news agencies everywhere report stories that terrorists are “trembling…and pain as of a woman in childbirth.” Psalm 48:5-6 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I bind criminals in the United States that “vainly hope in robbery”—and terrorists around the world that “rely confidently…on extortion and oppression.” Psalm 62:10 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I bind terrorists from being able to “pursue and persecute and take” people and whom believe “there is none to deliver” those people. Psalm 71:11 _______
Father, may “their priests”, or whatever ISIS calls its spiritual leaders, themselves fall “by the sword.” Psalm 78:64 _______
Father, “they” (numerous terrorist organizations) “have consulted together with one accord and one heart; against you they make a covenant.” I boldly ask that you’d fight them—because the people being terrorized are not only unable to defend your name they’re unable to defend themselves. Psalm 83:5 _______
Father, again I boldly ask that you’d “pursue and afflict them…and terrify them” (individual and group terrorists). “That they may know that You, Whose name alone is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.” Psalm 83:15, 18 _______
As an adopted child of God Almighty, I declare “your enemies” in the various terrorist groups “shall perish; all the evildoers shall be scattered.” Psalm 92:9 _______
Father, I boldly ask that you “grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked” terrorists around the world. Let them “further not their wicked plot and device, lest they exalt themselves” over your people. Psalm 140:8 _______

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