I love categories, frameworks and layouts. Wonderful freedom in wise frameworks. Here’s my latest musings on categories for various types of prayers. It expands on the very simple (perhaps overly simple, but still useful) acronym, A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
Adoration. The most basic and fitting response to the majesty, power, incomprehensibility of the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Psalm 8 is a great example.
Confession. The most basic and fitting response to our selfishness, weakness and indifference which all keep us from doing the good we are able to do in the world. Psalm 51 is a great example.
Thanksgiving. The most basic and fitting response to God’s undeserved gifts to us. It is the posture of gratitude, and the opposite of entitlement. Psalm 118 is a great example.
Lament. The most basic and fitting response to events and circumstances which seem totally opposite of what we’d expect or hope for. Psalm 22 is a great example.
Supplication. This most basic and fitting response to our awareness of need concerning ourselves, other people, and other situations in the world. Psalm 86 is a great example.
Now then. Why is it that Wow, Thanks and Help are common in gathered worship, and Sorry and Why are so rare?