Love the Lord Your God With Your Strength: ACTS Four Mile Prayer Challenge

The entire essence of Team OneVerse is loving the Lord with all your strength, but beyond using your ability to walk, run, bike, and swim to raise money for Bible translation, I want to think practically and simply. We’re going to add on a bit to the last post about loving the Lord with our minds because today I want to challenge you to go the distancewhilepraying — the 4 mile prayer challenge!

Remember praying through the ACTS acrostic when you were a kid? Each letter stands for a different prayer-focus: Adoration, Confessions, Thanksgiving, Supplication. So your challenge is to run or walk 4 miles, using each mile as a prayer focus. (If you’re a biker, maybe you should do 5 miles for each letter since biking a mile will go by pretty quickly!)

Mile 1: Adoration — “Because Thy loving kindness is better than life, My lips will praise Thee.” Psalms 63:3. Pray during this first mile and adore the Lord for all the great things he is and has done in your life.

Mile 2: Confession — If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  I John 1:9. Use the second mile to confess your sins before the Lord. Be honest. Evaluate what idols are pulling your attention from the Lord. Bring your heart before him and trust that he will use this time to cleanse you.

Mile 3: Thanksgiving — “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18. There is so much to be thankful for — family, friends, job, health, food, God’s word, the gorgeous world around us, the ability to connect and relate to others, to have access to God’s word. Ask for a thankful heart to see all God’s blessings around you.

Mile 4: Supplication — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6. Let the final fourth mile be a time to bring your requests to God. Ask for hope, healing, wisdom, and for needs to be met in your life and the lives of those around you. Maybe you just need to pray to be able to finish! It doesn’t matter; make your requests known!

Now you’re back home! You’ve walked or run four miles and had a sweet time praying for perhaps longer than you have in quite a while! Hopefully the ACTS 4 Mile Prayer Challenge will be a regular part of your weekly routine.

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