iPray: core elements of prayer

F–A–C–T–S of Prayer

Fellowship (Communion) (Exodus 33:11; 1 John 1:3-7)

Encounter:  Meeting with God, seeing who He is, and what He does for you.  It is thankfulness focused on the source.

Adoration (Worship, Celebration)             (Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 4:11)

Expression:      Celebrating what God has done, who God is, based on your encounter with Him.

Confession                                                         (Psalms 38:18; 1 John 1:9)

Agreeing with God that sin is sin.  It means acknowledging sin and guilt in the light of God’s revelation, thus generally an outward sign of inward repentance and faith.  It should cause the believer to pledge himself anew to God.

Thanksgiving                            (Ephesians 5:20; Ezra 3:11; 1 Timothy 2:1)

Gratitude for the provisions and care of God.  Adoration focuses on the Source (God), thanksgiving thanks God for the product, what He has done for us.


Intercession: Going to God on behalf of the needs of others.     (Romans 10:1; 1 Samuel 7:5)

Petition:  Asking for God to intervene on your behalf, for your needs, with a focus on seeking God’s will and demonstrating dependence.  (James 1:5; Philippians 4:6; Daniel 9:3)

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