Psalm 17 is a prayer from David. It gives a window into his heart and teaches us about how to pray. It seems as though David knew the ACTS prayer method.
Adoration – David begins his prayer in verse 1 by acknowledging who God is. He clearly recognizes that only God has the power to deliver him. Our prayer too should begin with acknowledging God’s divine attributes. Things like His love, His holiness, and His Sovereignty.
Confession – You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me… v.3. Next David moves to a time of self-evaluation and confession. This is very important for us too. Asking God to search us and find if there’s any wicked way in us – then confessing that – in words, admitting we’re wrong, being sorry, and taking steps to change it.
Thanksgiving – David thanks God a lot throughout the Psalms. In verse 6 He thanks God for being a God who always answers his prayer. The next stage in our prayer time should be a time of thanks. An attitude of gratitude… Thanking God for all the things He has and is doing for us.
Supplication (Sharing our Needs with God) – David prays for God to deliver and protect him. He pours out his heart to God, carefully asking for each of his needs. That should be the final part of our prayer time too. With a list, asking God to meet our needs, our family needs, and the needs of those around us.
David closes with a great promise:
Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied. (V.15)
- How do you pray? Do you use ACTS or something else?
- What can you learn from David’s prayer that will help you in yours?
- How does God want to grow and enrich your prayer life?
By: Tim Parsons