This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him. 

1 John 5:14-15 

Devotional

This week, we will look at the last letter in “ACTS,” which stands for Supplication. Supplication is a form of prayer in which the Christian humbly and earnestly asks God to provide something, either for yourself or on behalf of someone else. It is one of the greatest privileges of the believer! To come before the God of the universe with the things that we want and present our requests to him! After you go through the other steps in this method of prayer—adoration, confession, and thanksgiving—you will be in a humble state of mind when your requests to God will be more meaningful. It is also important that your requests not simply be requests for yourself, but that you ask God for things for others as well.

When we ask God for things that we need, several things happen.  First, we are actively recognizing that God is the giver of all things and is sovereignly in control of everything that happens.  We are also admitting our own inability to change things or do things on our own.  We are in effect saying, “God, I can’t do this, but I know that you can!”  It pleases God when we recognize that he is the great creator and provider of all that we need! 

When it comes to supplication, many will ask, “what should we ask God for?” The passage we read today says that we should ask for things that align with God’s will.  Things that God loves and desires.  Pray for God to be glorified in the world and in the situations of your life, for people that don’t know Christ to trust in him, for your growth in Christlikeness and breaking away from sin, for God’s kingdom to advance on the earth, and for your daily provisions.  


Discussion Questions

  • How should we approach God in our prayers?

  • What are things we can ask God for?

  • What does each letter in “ACTS” stand for? What do they each mean?


Prayer

God, we ask that you would grow our hearts for you and that you would transform us into your image today.  We pray for those that are hurting or going through sickness or disease—that they would be healed and encouraged and drawn closer to Christ.  We ask that the gospel would grow and spread in countries around the world that have very few Christians in it. We pray that God would be glorified in the world that he created! Amen.


Song

Before You I Kneel
by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Before You I kneel, my Master and Maker, 
To offer the work of my hands. 
For this is the day You’ve given Your servant; 
I will rejoice and be glad 
For the strength I have to live and breathe, 
For each skill Your grace has given me, 
For the needs and opportunities 
That will glorify Your great name. 


Before You I kneel and ask for Your goodness 
To cover the work of my hands. 
For patience and peace to shape all my labor, 
Your grace for thorns in my path. 
Flow within me like a living stream, 
Wear away the stones of pride and greed 
‘Til Your ways are dwelling deep in me 
And a harvest of life is grown. 

Before You we kneel, our Master and Maker; 
Establish the work of our hands. 
And order our steps to seek first Your kingdom 
In every small and great task. 
May we live the gospel of Your grace, 
Serve Your purpose in our fleeting days, 
Then our lives will bring eternal praise 
And all glory to Your great name.

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