Prayer is a part of everything we do. The Apostle Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1st Thessalonians 5:16), and we do our best to live up to that standard. Our mentors pray together for the young men before waking them up and at each shift change, as well as praying with them at bedtime. The office staff starts the work day with prayer. We pray before meals, Bible study, and before we leave campus in one of our vehicles. However, how OFTEN we pray is only part of the equation. HOW we pray makes an important difference as well.
By use of the ACTS acrostic (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication), we teach our young men that prayer begins by giving glory to God and recognizing our status as His creation. From there we are to confess any sin that has stood in the way of our relationship with Him and others, and thank Him for the many blessings He has poured out upon us. Then we can take our requests to Him, knowing we can do so with confidence because Philippians 4:6 tells us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”