ABC Prayers

Lately I’ve been praying the ABCs.

It started months ago while I jogged, as part of my prayer time. My first ABC list contained the names of God and started out with Abba Father, Bread of Life, and Comforter.

While I ran, I would go through the alphabet and think of a word to go with each letter. As I created the names of God list, I praised Him for each name.

Then I went home and wrote the list in my journal where I could refer back to it as needed. I came up with other lists, which related to God such as:

“Adjectives To Describe God:” Almighty, Beautiful, Caring…

“Actions by God:” Affirms, Beckons, Comforts…

After praying with and praising from these lists many times over, I created other lists, which centered on intercession:

“Strongholds In My Family Members:” Addictions, Belligerence, Critical spirit…

“Gifts Family Members Need:” Abiding (in Christ), Boldness, Comfort…

“Actions Family Members Need to Be Engaged In:” Adore, Believe, Call (on God)…

This week I created two more lists, which have to do with me:

“ABCs of Gratitude:” Abba, Brothers, Cousins…

“Actions for Elaine:” Adore (Him) Bow (before Him), Comfort (others)…

These lists remind me to pray and spend time in worship, prayer, and intercession.

As I contemplated these lists today, I remembered an ABC list I made years ago. My husband, Steve, and I faced hard times, and often engaged in skirmishes which threatened to destroy our marriage.

I bet I could come up with a negative character trait in my husband for every letter of the alphabet, I thought after he lashed out at me and refused to understand my point of view.

I wrote out the list, and as I looked it over, two thoughts came to mind: I struggle with many of these traits and “Love keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)

Soon, at the Lord’s prompting, I created a different ABC list, which contained my husband’s positive qualities. I thanked God for each one. Since then, I learned to thank God for my husband instead of report to Him faults I saw in the love of my life.

I plan to continue to use my recent ABC lists (and perhaps some new ones) to enhance my prayer life and draw me closer to the Lord. These lists help me to embrace God’s commands found in Scripture:

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 NIV

I praise God for showing me new ways to help me focus on and stay connected to Him—even in hard times.

About elainecreasman

I am a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. Since 1986 I have led the Suncoast Christian Writers Group.
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1 Response to ABC Prayers

  1. Your committment to pray is encouraging to me… thank you.

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