lament with thanksgiving

Lament and thanksgiving are two entirely valid modes of prayer. Both are biblical and practical.  Like God’s people in every time and place, it is a healthy practice to offer to God both our ‘why’ and our ‘thanks’.  In my survey of local Baptist worship in Aotearoa New Zealand, I considered the extent to which… Continue reading lament with thanksgiving

single word prayers

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). Wow! Adoration.  The most basic and fitting response to the majesty, power, incomprehensibility of the… Continue reading single word prayers

prayer in four words

I just saw someone else recommending this book on prayer:  Anne Lamott, “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers” (Riverhead). I’ve not read it,  but I assume it treats these words as follows: Help:  supplication Thanks:  thanksgiving Wow:  adoration Not bad. A, T and S from ACTS prayer acronym. If I were to attempt an… Continue reading prayer in four words