What do you usually say when you pray?
Do you complete the four elements of prayer?
A - Adoration
C - Confession
T - Thanksgiving
S - Supplication
All the four elements are important, but not necessarily in every prayer. I personally prefer to think of prayer as a conversation, in which I open up to God about whatever is on my heart and mind at the moment. If I were to follow a formula or ritual for praying, I'm afraid it would depersonalize the act of prayer.
you have a point there sir Michael.. I was just tempted to ask the question because we are the same, I pray as my way of talking to God not following all the four elements. It was nice though to include all four when you pray..Thanks for the answer.
I don't use any formula, but I frequently use the Lord's Prayer, because it is rather complete on the things we need for spiritual progress.
But I do keep in mind the need not to be distracted when I pray. It's rude and selfish to be thinking of other things when talking to God. I know He will still love me, but the message means so much more to me when I can give it my fullest attention. I need to feel relaxed, humble, full of love, perfectly confident and fully responsible.
The few times that I was able to perfect this, miracles happened.
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