Day 6

Day 6 | Make a P.A.C.T. in Prayer


Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

Create balance in your prayer using the P.A.C.T. method.

  • Praying out loud and for a total of 5-minutes
  • Asking for 1-2 minutes
  • Confessing for 1-2 minutes
  • Thanking for 1-2 minutes

When you have completed this comment below on what you learned or experienced.


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392 thoughts on “Day 6

  1. Brian Linn says:

    I found that what I ask God for (which is for God to take away some besetting sins) which turned into confessing those sins and then thanking Him for helping me with them. They just rolled together in perfect unity.

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  8. Paul says:

    Praying out loud is do helpful, but remains challenging when no one is around. However, I see it’s benefit !

  9. Joe Celenza says:

    Praying takes more than just 5 minutes, as I learned this at our 24 hour prayer event at church. So much to pray for everyday, but we rush it just to get it done, and its wrong to do that.

  10. Don says:

    Oops! Missed my scheduled time, wife had to remind me. Putting together pact felt a little forced, but it is certainly good to balance my time with God.

  11. Kevin Lautar says:

    The problem with this is that 5 minutes is not enough time! The process of praying out loud is making a huge difference in my prayer life. Thanks Vince!

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  13. Ben Johnson says:

    I love this model of balance. I find myself so many times just asking instead of thanking and giving praise.

  14. Todd says:

    I actually reverse my prayer and begin by giving Thanks, Confessing and then Asking. This flows well for me.

  15. Doug says:

    Before praying I wrote down each category; Asking, Confessing and Thanking. I wrote down what I normally pray under each category. I realized I combine categories as I pray. For example, thanking God for my health and my family’s health and asking that He would continue to keep us healthy. This is also true when confessing. The second half of confessing is asking for His strength to do better and overcome.

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  20. Shawn says:

    I think I struggle with the asking part. Are the things I ask for the same tings God wants for me.?

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  39. Lawson says:

    I learned that when there is a structure to prayer it helps me organize my thoughts much better rather than jumping around in my head trying to remember what I would like to bring to God.

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  45. Ben says:

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  48. Adam Reilly says:

    Consistency in prayer is so huge. Just as repetition breeds familiarity, strength, and habit so too does it in our spiritual disciplines.

  49. kirk kingsley says:

    We do not have because we do not ask. I want to ask God for more things in line with His will.

  50. Allan says:

    I learned that prayer is much easier than I originally thought. I don’t have to use eloquent language to talk to God like I’ve heard when Pastors pray. I’ve always had a hard time coming up with what to pray, and because of that, I prayed only when I knew what to say. And that was rare. Making myself pray out loud helps me form complete thoughts, and after 6 days, I don’t sound weird and random while I pray. Its amazing what a little change can do.

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  52. Ken Winegarden says:

    I have been setting a timer while praying out loud. The first reason is to ensure I finish the planned time. I have learned I’m usually easily going over the time set & how easy it is to pray/converse with God. Today I learned to be more intentional & direct by having a timer. I don’t have to only pray once a day but can do it all day, every day. Making God part of my everything, all day long. What a blessing that is.

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  54. Eric says:

    Very similar to what I learned after Promise Keepers.
    Supplication (others then self)
    And in that order

  55. Brian says:

    Putting everything thing together was an emotional, moving experience for me this morning.

  56. Jason says:

    With this model, I find myself outlining my thoughts first and then stepping into prayer.

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  58. Matt says:

    This has definitely helped me gain a focus for praying. Before this I would possibly “ask” or “thank” but not with focus.

  59. David Frankel says:

    I tend to do these 4 things in no particular order, depending upon where my heart and mind are at in the moments of prayer.

  60. Don Neal says:

    I have been praying using a balanced method for over 40 years, since my days at the U.S. Air Force Academy. My roommate was involved in the Navigators ministry and he taught me the ACTS method of praying, which is very similar to the PACT method. ACTS method is to pray in these four areas: (1) Start out with Adoration to God; (2) then go to Confession; (3) then go to Thanksgiving; and finally (4) go to Supplication (asking). So I have followed this method for almost my entire Christian life. It works well. The variation with PACT is praying out loud, which I am doing, but don’t like very well.

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    Mission accomplished.

  62. Michael J Herrera says:

    I agree with that when I pray I tend to focus on one area and over time my prayer life tends to skew in that direction over that period. Creating balance in my relationship with God makes sense.

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  64. Rusty Moore says:

    I really love the way praying out loud and having a structured prayer keeps me focused.

  65. Martin says:

    Love the balance here that you are teaching us to follow in our prayer life. I find that my prayers are longer and much more richer.

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  67. René says:

    Today I have learned or at least relearned That being specific in prayer and out loud puts me under greater conviction. I tend to gloss over sin whether intentional or inadvertent but when I profess them out loud with greater concentration it increases my resolve to improve.

  68. Jason Hurd says:

    I’ve learned that I always end up having a lot more to talk about with God than I originally thought…

  69. Jerry says:

    I find that it is hard to keep the four PACT segments separated. I tend to jump around, especially the Asking and the Thanking.

    • Vince Miller says:

      That’s totally fine, Jerry. We are using this rhythm to build a healthy balance is all—so that we are not only asking for things all the time, which is the usual default. ⚡️⚡️

  70. Joshua Winters says:

    Found it difficult to organize my praying into the acronym. Kept slipping back into asking mode. Maybe I’m just tired today and finding it hard to focus.

  71. Ken says:

    I’ve always done these things while I prayed but never in any particular order. I love being organized in everything I do and this helps me to be organized in my prayers and focus on each category of my relationship with God.

  72. Jeff says:

    Praying out loud has helped me concentrate get things off my mind before my work day begins and exspess my Thanksgiving and have true confession to God.

  73. Carlton says:

    I learned that I have not had a balanced prayer life. I have only focused on praying for what I want and not always praying for what I’m thankful for or confessing to God. This is very helpful!

  74. Gregory Kuhn says:

    While I like this method…and using any type of acrostic to help you remember is an incredibly useful tool…I tend to start with Thanksgiving, then Confess and then finally Asking. But I certainly think the PACT model is important in that it helps you to remember all three parts – and of course to pray out loud.

  75. Jeff Keady says:

    I agree with Steve on balance. It’s good to involved ourselves in all these areas of prayer.

  76. Ben Butler says:

    I was reminded: it seems as if when I am pouring out my heart to Him, He is often revealing insight into who He is, what He is doing and wanting through my words to Him! Even in my speaking to Him, He is simultaneously speaking to me!

  77. Steve says:

    The balance is important. I didn’t realize I tend to be heavy on asking, a tad less on thanking, and my confession time has been minimal . Thanks Vince.

  78. Terry says:

    I experienced peace in my spirit, focusing on the different aspects of my communication with God. This has been a difficult week with unfilled expectations. Praying to God has given me a sense of purpose in finding the blessings even in negative circumstances.

  79. Joseph R says:

    Writing things down and praying out loud has helped me stay focused. I almost feel more effective.

  80. Mark says:

    It is a great way to keep your focus and making sure you don’t just jump around in prayer

  81. Kevin says:

    This first time using PACT I felt a little rushed. Since this is my first time trying this method I trust I will become more comfortable.

  82. Spencer says:

    The guideline today (P.A.C.T.) touches the main things to focus on when approaching the throne of God. Thanks Vince!

  83. Cory says:

    Every day we need to show our adoration for God, confess our sins to Him and ask forgiveness, give thanks for His will being done (good and bad) and ask for what we need because we all need help. Doing this daily for a month will make it a habit and not a chore. A month leads to another month and a year to a year. Build a new habit…

  84. Peter says:

    My prayers seem to have a more direct, deliberate and powerful tone now. This prayer practice really helps me to stay focused on the specifics of my prayers and the confession keeps me humble and allows God’s grace to flow in my life. Not to repeat addictive sin but empower me to overcome it.

  85. Thaddeus Kennedy says:

    By using the P.A.C.T. method it helped me to stay focused while praying and have a guideline to what to pray for. I was really able to talk to God in a way I previously was not able to, in that it gave me more confidence in what I was praying for.

  86. Larry Yurko says:

    I learned that in order to make a
    P A C T you have to ACT ! I pour out and he pours in .

  87. R Francis says:

    This helps me to focus on praying in more than one area in my life and also being able to stay focus as I pray for others.

  88. John McBride says:

    I have learned so much from doing the 35 day challenge and I have watched and seen my prayer life grow and become stronger. My relationship with the lord continues to grow and my relationship with my friends , family and girlfriend also continue to grow and heal and flourish in being honest and pure ! God is so good to those who are faithful to him!

  89. Ken Smith says:

    When I pray out loud, I feel more of a connection to God. After the 5 minutes, (8 for me) I feel a lifting of my spirit, ready for the day and whatever Satan throws at me.

  90. JAMES DELGADO says:

    Vince, just a thought.
    As I pray – I always start with Praising God before I ask anything.
    I like your idea on P.A.C.T. Easy to remember…
    So Instead of using P as Pray Out Loud (Which I am doing) –
    I will remember PACT as Praise Ask Confess Thanksgiving.
    You are awesome brother. Thank you for this devotional.
    Blessings to All.

  91. Timothy says:

    I said a timer this time and I actually prayed for 11 minutes out loud. I think it does bring more clarity and it feels more real by actually praying out loud. I did go through ACT but then as I continue to pray I jumped around again with doing some more asking and some more confessing.

  92. Steve says:

    I like the P. A. C. T. method. I like having the structure… It keeps me on track a bit more.

  93. ariperez104 says:

    So, this was an adjustment to be frank. Having the structure in mind as I prayed was helpful to keep me in track. It’ll take some getting used to… not really a spiritual comment but a personal note.

  94. Thomas Sells says:

    Being specific and writing down my thoughts are extremely helpful. I haven’t started, but I see that journaling is something I need to get into a habit of doing!

  95. Christopher Soto says:

    Your used to praying a certain way. Always eyes closed, uninterrupted, always solem and spiritual, and always has to be for a long time.

    I like this PACT… making a list, and referring back to it. There’s an organized intentionality to it that keeps praying flowing. All of a sudden 5 min becomes 20 and 20 becomes an hour.

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  96. J says:

    I really enjoyed the flow of this methodical prayer method. It’s helpful for me to have the structure.


    I learned to pray for what’s uncomfortable or very hard to say out loud in the open and the relief when you do say it.

  98. Kevin V says:

    When I pray, usually I thank God and ask forgiveness, followed by asking, so the PACT order was different for me today.
    Sometimes the thing I leave out, especially when praying as a family, is confession of sins. I’m not sure why because that is how I should model prayer for my children. Thanks Vince for the challenge and the reminder!

  99. Jesse G Skytland says:

    Simply because of faith and hope, some negative critical situations will come to pass as I become more humble and do what’s in his power while I do my best I’m personally thankful for his righousness.

  100. Greg says:

    I enjoy spending time talking to the Lord. I have been led to worship Him in prayer. I think of all He has done for us.
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  101. Rob says:

    My prayer life is free flowing so it’s nice at times to have an acronym that helps direct my conversation. What I do see that lacks the most is confession.

  102. Ian Robert says:

    I’m used to the A.C.T.S mode of prayer.But one of my prayer requests was asking God to open my mind for me to learn something new.Am glad I have found the P.A.C.T method.I am ready to share it with my friends.As I prayed I just felt a total sense of submission as usual.What made me feel moved in the Intercession part in asking.So powerful to pray for others

  103. Gerald Waddle says:

    This was difficult but good. I try to include all these things but not always in that order. It made me think and concentrate more

  104. Zach says:

    Balance, something I am having trouble finding in other parts of my life. I feels good to have a structure and a balance with my prayer life. The acronym really worked for me.

  105. Gary says:

    Giving me the strength to pray out loud ,and to give thanks the lord came I to my life and as well for my wife.

  106. Todd says:

    Gets you in the mindset to walk through your prayer covering multiple things rather than hung up on one thing

  107. Brad says:

    PACT very similar to ACTS which is what I have used in the past. This acronym is patterned after the Lord’s Prayer. Adoration and Praise, Confess, Thanksgiving and Supplication or better known as asking.
    Still a struggle for me to pray out load.

  108. Tommy says:

    I like the balance, sometimes I find myself spending my whole prayer time asking

  109. Tom says:

    To be praise the more Lord ,and to be more thankful for his grace,love and guidance.

  110. Eddie says:

    I am flawed, but that does not define me in God’s eyes. Jesus’ righteousness defines me in God’s eyes, I need to start living in that truth more earnestly and stop listening to and living in the lies and whispers of the devil.

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  112. Mike B says:

    I often pray out loud when walking my dog, but I’ve realized that I need to slow down a little. I’m talking and sometimes feel in an exercise (fast walk) mode and really not just resting my spirit and taking with God. But when I slow down, I feel like I’m actually walking and taking with God.

  113. David Carmon says:

    This is a big help. It keeps you focus on God and keeps you mind on letting God be in control of your life. If you ask in Jesus name and have faith that it will be done it will be done in God’s time. Thank you Vince for the help.

  114. Troy Thielen says:

    The PACT acronym makes it easier to guide my prayer because it’s hard to pray for five minutes.

  115. Jason Zaudtke says:

    This is great it slowly reaches you the proper way to pray and how to put this into your daily life

  116. jamulwindyridge says:

    Pray out loud.. P.A.C.T. – Asking for blessings on our group, confessing my short comings and being thankful in all circumstances..
    Be blessed brothers

  117. Addison Waite says:

    By not letting myself just focus on one area of PACT. But doing all, I feel closer to God.

  118. William Miller says:

    I have used the ACTS acronym. The additional S stands for supplication. And the A stands for Adoration which is similar to Thanksgiving I guess.

  119. Dan says:

    Talking to God out loud is great. And balancing confessions and thanksgiving along with petitions makes prayer more meaningful. I’m looking forward to it every day!

  120. Dockers says:

    I like the formula and the concept of balancing our conversation with God. It helps a spaz like me.

  121. Justin harbers says:

    I like the idea about hitting all the different points but I find it hard for myself to focuse on each one at a time.

  122. Nathan says:

    Praying this way really helped me stay focused as well as limit repetition in my prayers as well. A lot of time when I pray I focus on one area or another and either forget to pray about the rest. This helped a lot

  123. Kris says:

    Bringing Balance helps me to not focus too long in a category and be more thorough with God. Gratitude also helps me by shifting my attitude especially when it is negative.

  124. Robert Ordóñez says:

    I really struggled with moving through all 3 areas, but I enjoyed the challenge. The order felt a bit strange—I thought it might work best to put either thankfulness or confession first, and ask last, but realized that I might just be trying to earn the right to ask by my praise or contrition. I’ll try this order for a few more days and see how it works. It definitely feels like “going boldly before the throne of grace.”

  125. Al Comptois says:

    I scrolled thru today to see how everyone is doing. And I have to say Les & Ted you are so right who am I to come before God and ask for anything before I make myself right with Him

    Thank you guys

  126. Guy F Ettel says:

    Feeling empowered. God listens and answers our Prayers in his timing not ours.

  127. Gavin says:

    PACT feels natural and it really does seem to create balance in my prayers. I like that it takes different aspects of how we lean into God for what we need, thankful for or need to repent from.

  128. Ted says:

    Thank you for sharing.
    I do have to confess I do not get to this until I am going to bed. I got to read all the comments and I love the insights. Thank you again.
    I did take the PACT as a reminder of the pieces not the order. I agree with Les. I don’t feel right until I confess and get right with my God at least in my mind.
    Thank you again for your ideas

  129. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    Give thanks to God in all things/situations because He is with His followers in all things and situations. PACT is an effective approach for feeling being in His presence as in “father – child.”

  130. James Celkis says:

    I’ve found that by scheduling and committing to this habit of prayer that, like other positive, constructive habits, I find my self anticipating it, and energized during and by it. Imagine that. Perhaps because it’s something I was created for.

  131. Steve says:

    Revisiting the ACT prayer reminds me that in all relationships that balance works best. In communicating with my wife if I’m only asking her for something or constantly telling her I’m sorry or praising her that would not work well in the long run. Ditto my relationship with God. Good discipline this morning.

  132. ADAM KRUMRIE says:

    PACT helped me stay balanced and focused in my prayer. I found myself wondering around in my thoughts as I prayed, and then I thought Ask; Confess; Thank.

  133. Scott Halverson says:

    This praying out loud is new to me (except when you are at the end of your rope. This morning I had 2 hours of windshield time to pray out loud in the truck. I find it easier to pray out loud in the car by yourself than at home with a house full of family. 5 minutes is a really long time to talk out loud too. I like the structure we are forming with PACT

  134. Chad Husted says:

    Balance is best. Thanks for the reminder. And i agree with others here that praying out loud definitely helps keep me focused.

  135. John says:

    I really love this structure to a tried-and-true method. really enjoy the praying out loud part as it really does stop the squirrels and gets my prayers so much more focused.

  136. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Running a day behind again. I tend to fall in the trap of monopolizing my prayer time focusing on either asking or thanking. Trying to stay “balanced” was not easy but I understand the importance.

  137. steve says:

    there is great comfort in knowing that God already knows my needs before I even ask and is working out all things for my good.

  138. Chris Long says:

    I like the balance idea. Yesterday when thanking I actually found myself confessing. This is a great way to go about things. I am really liking this series!

  139. Andy Engen says:

    I found that using this method and praying out loud. I was more thorough and felt more connected with myself. I was able to somehow stay more focused with my prayer.

  140. Will Standfest says:

    I like using these methods, either ACTS or this one that is a bit new to me in PACT. They help give some direction to my prayers that can wander. I kind of like the idea of putting a minimum time on confession or whichever thing I am struggling to pray about that day. I spent more time on it and really thought about it which is good.

    • Adam says:

      Prayed in the car today and recalled that I am very distracted. Praying out loud is helpful. Have to focus more on confession.

  141. ben.templet says:

    I did the ACTS acronym in the past. I thought it was helpful because sometimes I just get caught up in asking for stuff for me.

  142. AZ says:

    This has been a great reminder for me on the importance of setting a solid foundation. The thing I’m reminded of most today is “staying connected to the vine”, without it we whither.

  143. Les says:

    Today’s activities are a bit confusing to me, as I believe that confession should come first, with praise and thanksgiving next, and only then are we in a position to ask for anything. I followed the PACT order today, but that is not how I will pray on a regular basis.

  144. Al Comptois says:

    I like the balance idea I find I spend a lot of time thanking God for all He has done and offered but not so quick to confess or even ask things of Him. Great eye opener

  145. TJ says:

    Going in with a “pre-prayer’ list is helpful, something I learned from the prayer group at church. I think it’s good to go in prepared, and the “P.A.C.T” acronym helps further with the structure focus (I often drift a bit into digressions in all my conversations). I do have a concern that this could have the negative impact of making this conversation more rote and ritualistic, but it helps to have a template.

  146. Jacques Vd Merwe says:

    I will keep using the ‘P.A.C.T’ method. My prayer feel a lot more structured, because sometimes in prayer it feels like dryness sets in when I am searching for something to say.

  147. Tyler says:

    I appreciate how this method keeps me focused in my prayer. I also know I don’t spend nearly enough time thanking God, so this method ensures I spend adequate time on thanking him.

  148. RonP says:

    P.A.C.T., Can’t be limited to a 5 minute window.
    Praying out loud relieves one of parameters and boundaries.
    Time constraints are broken. Topics are boundless.
    A lasting closeness overtakes that of silent prayer.
    The goal of Intimacy with the Creator is nearer.

  149. John says:

    Writing everything down is good preparation for keeping prayer on track. It helps me stay focused and keeps me from rambling on aimlessly.

    • Shane Young says:

      I like the sound of PACT as it reminds me that we have a covenant God. I like Vince’s previous observation that Jesus knew we had a problem in asking God for what we need. It relieves me of any guilt from the act of asking and creates a healthy dependence on his strength and not mine.

  150. Richard says:

    I learned that time flies when you’re praying and have topics to talk about with God!

  151. Graham Jantz says:

    I think tonight was just about the discipline of this challenge for me. I didn’t get any huge revelations but I’ve committed to this challenge, so I did the exercise.

  152. Tim says:

    We have conversations with family, friends and even people who we don’t know. A simple conversation with God is something we all should get behind and pour our hearts out to Him. Our needs, failures and most of all our graditude for His grace.

  153. Michael says:

    I’ve learned I spend too much time thanking God, and not enough time asking and confessing.

  154. Michael says:

    In a relatively short time, I feel more aware of the work being done in my life. After thanking God for my church family, I get a call from our head pastor today to personally let me know of a change taking place at church. That was truly special.

  155. Matthew says:

    I learned how eye opening it is when thanking God, how involved He really is in my life!

  156. Nate Hill says:

    I always want to open with praise and hallowing His Name and who He is. I put myself in His place, how I feel when my children ask for things from more of an expectation that I am here to get things for them. I don’t want my Heavenly Father feeling that way. I want to always come with not only a thankful heart, confessing and asking the Spirit to reveal any unclean thoughts or actions that offended not only Him, but to my neighbor.

    It has been a difficult last few weeks and we put our request on the throne, coming before Him boldly and thanking Him for the answer, even if the outcome is not what we think. Either way, it still comes down to trust and memorizing the promises He has given and writing them back to Him.

    Finish off my prayers with thanksgiving and praise and rejoicing in Him. I have found the more I do that, my thoughts aren’t on my problems, but on what great things He has done and feeling His peace.


  157. Matt Troyer says:

    Through balanced prayer, I see God in a different light, I see my life in a different light, and my delight in God and his ways deepens.

  158. James O'Brien says:

    Asking for guidance to help lead other men in our church as well as myself with my walk in faith. Confessing I know nothing without the leadership of God. Thanking God for my path I have been set on and may I use it to glorify His name.

  159. Darren Dummer says:

    I learned it’s good to create a balance in my prayers and using the P.A.C.T. method is a good way to do that.

  160. Todd says:

    Good approach though I may have the “P” stand for praise and adoration which gets me in a place of gratitude and awe before I get into asking. Thanks Vince!

  161. Brady says:

    I’m bad at praying regularly throughout the week, so I feel that structured prayer will help me make it easier and not seem like such a daunting task

  162. Brainard says:

    I confessed my love and adoration to Him all over again. He has delivered me from another unhealthy desire and gave me an opportunity (which I jumped on) to talk to my boss today, about eternity. I’m praying for a follow-up appointment from HIM.

  163. Bryce says:

    I also like to start my prayers with thanksgiving. I typically haven’t included much confession in prayers in the past. However, in doing so these past couple of days I have been mindful not to repeat the same sins that I had been confessing.

  164. Mike B says:

    I too often ask for my own needs. I need to pray for others’ needs more — especially if I said I would pray for them.

  165. Bert says:

    This is a very practical way to help keep my prayer focused and helps with distractions. I don’t notice time.

  166. Joe says:

    I love the acronym (PACT) and recognizing the importance of having balance in my prayer

  167. Jeff says:

    The PACT method is a wonderful tool to use for my prayer time. It helps me stay focused and not ramble on.

  168. John Sather says:

    Praying out loud and following the PACT method help keep you centered and on task.

  169. Jason says:

    Love the acronym – PACT. I’m good at asking, getting better at thanking, need to work on confessing. This will help.

  170. James says:

    Most recently I’ve been using ACTS, which Chris Toepfer has shared with the Friday morning men’s group.
    Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving , Supplication
    Just a slightly different order, but the initial acknowledgment and praise to God feels better to me. Since God knows our heart, does it really matter?

  171. Dono says:

    I get distracted easily, I think this will keep my mind more focused with the structure it has

  172. Bert says:

    This is a very practical way to help keep my prayer focused and helps with distractions. I don’t notice time.

  173. Nick Finstad says:

    Well…today was an exercise of prayer. I started the day out doing “Day 6” and to be honest…I didn’t get much from it. Until now. What I learned today, through our experiences with my daughter Lillie today showed me the importance of investing that time with the Lord. I am a control freak. Maybe it isn’t always apparent to people around me (maybe it is), but I like to control my circumstances! I felt comfort in that…until I began realizing that there are so many circumstances out if my control. Today was one of them. Typically, I start freaking out (mostly on the inside) due to not being able to change the circumstances. Today was a great reminder to trust God. I instantly felt the need to control my daughter, Lillie’s scary, doctors report but instantly I was reminded, by the Holy Spirit, to give it over to the Lord, ask for His help, and thank Him for His divine plan! I can’t say I felt great emotionally but it felt good to be “out of control” for once, if you know what I mean. Lillie is doing good, improving and on the path to recovery and I am one humbled man, learning to be solely reliant on God’s grace and strength!

  174. Steve B says:

    Praying out loud helps me to be more in contact without interruptions. I try every day to confess my sins and to ask God to help me be more of a Godly man. I also ask God what is his will for me. Lastly,without fail I thank God for all blessings he has bestowed on me. I continually say “thank you Jesus “

  175. Bryson Quilliams says:

    It allowed me to keep my prayers more concise as well as being more intentional

  176. Kurt says:

    It’s funny watching people’s reactions when I’m sitting at a stop light,hands lifted high,looking heavenward and talking out loud to God! There is something about an honesty feeling that happens when I pray out loud, like I am really bearing my heart to Him. Great exercise Vince.

  177. Chuck says:

    By “balancing” my prayer, it tends to be more deliberate/specific. I hope this helps me to surrender it to God.

  178. Dave says:

    I have found that when praying with intention, purpose, and in a focused manner my prayers are more relational with God and less “laundry list” in nature. The value in praying out loud, for me, is increased focus to communicate and share my thoughts in an intelligent way. Taking a moment in silence helps me to hear God better and feel prepared to pray versus racing through prayer.

  179. Mike says:

    For me I noticed that I do thank and ask God daily but I realized I do not confess daily when I need to. When I do confess I feel a sense of God’s presence but I need to learn to forgive myself during confession.

  180. Matt says:

    This exercise in being intentional with prayer is a change from what I’m used to but it truly helps me focus in with laser like vision about what I’m saying. I, like many men, have said more than once that we just need someone to “teach us how to pray” and these sessions are making this happen in my life!! Very grounding and powerful!

  181. Jacob says:

    A balance in prayer is needed and being in tune with the Spirit to know what areas of your life need prayer is important. I have learned that sometimes you need to remain quiet and let the Spirit guide your thoughts.

  182. Squirrel says:

    Format is similar to what we used/learned in EMAW and is helpful. The out loud part helped me the most to keep the brain focused. The thanks was needed as I ask God for a lot and it’s right and good to say thank you for my health, opportunities and so much God provides daily.

  183. Dave says:

    My prayers normally follow this sort of format so it wasn’t necessarily a different experience, but in the past I haven’t usually prayed out loud unless I was in deep despair. Now that I’m praying every day, out loud, it completes the connection in ways that I didn’t feel previously.

  184. Tim says:

    I’m definitely used to asking and thanking in my prayers, that felt natural. I’m finding that I don’t usually confess much in my prayers, and I think in order for me to grow more, that is an area I’ll need to add to my prayer balance.

    • Ryan says:

      I am there with Tim, this is a good reminder to balance confession in with prayer as I too often overlook that with the largest focus being on requests and some on thanking, but not as much confession

  185. Kevin says:

    Through the process of starting the day with prayer I’ve found that through the day i turn to God for joy, for strength, for requests, for guidance. Over all this has been very enlightening to a new life with God as a friend and in control.

  186. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Thanks Vince for the P.A.C.T. structure. 5 minutes is not nearly enough time but I’m sure we all knew it would never be. This is a strong foundation to a renewed prayer life and intimate relationship with our Lord.

  187. Jim says:

    It’s a great template and like the P as a pact or covenant to how I can be balanced with my pray time. Thanksgiving time was great!

  188. Terance says:

    I have committed to this style of prayer without even realizing this is what I do. I learned that this technique creates conversation with God. It opens you up to talk more, confess, and then ask for forgiveness/his blessings.

  189. Joe says:

    My prayers are mostly about Thanksgiving and I realize having a balance of the 3 is necessary along with adoration

  190. Matt R says:

    The balanced prayer helps me to put things into perspective. When I come to God with a list of requests/needs, to be mindful of the things that God has and is doing in my life reminds me that He cares and that He listens. Today, I am praying for wisdom. To better understand God Will in my life.

  191. Bill says:

    PACT is a great place for me to start in prayer as well. Typically I like to praise God before asking, confessing and thanking Him. The out loud praying makes it tangible and somehow I have clarity of things I hadn’t thought of in a while. Like people to pray for, confessions that needed to come out. In quiet prayer, I try to hear Him but when I peak out loud, the Holy Spirit seems to guide me right along.

  192. Jeremy says:

    I learned to have balanced prayer. I would say I am either thankful or asking most of the time. Thanks Vince. This helps a lot.

  193. Derek Blumberg says:

    Whenever I pray, the Lord bends down to listen. When I truly surrender things I am holding to Him, in return I gain an overpowering peace + direction. This is not a once a day thing for me. It’s a whenever I need to seek Him thing. Which, as it turns out, is all the time. Thank you Lord!

  194. Mark Lubbock says:

    I learned this prayer pattern decades ago, and still find that it is helpful to get me into an honoring conversation with God. Too often the temptation is to share just petitions or thanks, leaving out Reverence for the Creator of All, the one who literally died for me.

  195. Rory C says:

    5 minutes have been going by fast. It seems I start off slow and stuck, but following this helped rolls smoothly. Thank you

  196. Bryan says:

    I am learning that prayers out loud make me be more thoughtful about my prayers. I concentrate more on what I am saying, I’m more deliberate in what I pray. When I confess a sin aloud, it gives more gravity. My prayer is that all of us will grow in our understanding of our Lord and that we will all grow closer to Him.

  197. Rob says:

    PACT is simple and awesome, Vince, thank you. In time I’m sure it will be easier to interweave all these elements without having to remember the acronym. Shall we also be praying adoration into this? PACT seems like the Lord’s Prayer, simplified so we can remember the elements of prayer. Or, should adoration flow naturally?

  198. curt says:

    praying out loud – helps slow down the conversation – and helps focus the conversation – as though I’m having a conversation with a friend…who knows my every need 🙂

  199. Brad says:

    This has been a great way to start my day for the last week. PACT is a good acronym. How are you guys enjoying praying out loud? Have you normally done that? I have a little in the past but do think it increases my focus.

  200. Matt Karasek says:

    I prayed where there was a clock in front of me…bad idea. I ended up looking at the clock and checking the time to balance the prayer, which seemed weird. I like praying through PACT, or ACTS, but I found that I was checking the clock to “balance” rather than focusing on talking with God. I understnad that this is my more my personality, not necessarily the method.

  201. Dallas says:

    I appreciate the acronym as a reminder for the things I should include in prayer. It made me more aware as I tried to balance the amount of time in each category.

  202. Tom Vang says:

    I need to spend more time strategizing how I can serve others and less on how I can be served.

  203. Dan Cloutier says:

    Something I’m learning to practice as I pray- not worrying about feeling what I’m saying so much as sharing something with God and choosing to trust that He will answer and act one way or another. Reflecting before I pray is sort of new to me too. I tend to think as I pray typically.

  204. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    Today’s CTA helped me realize that I often separate my prayers of confession from my prayers of asking with thanksgiving. Today challenged me to include confession during my regular prayer time. I really appreciate all of your comments! Thanks, brothers!

  205. Jeff says:

    P.A.C.T. is a wonderful framework and a powerful tool to remain focused during my daily time especially by praying out loud. Thank you.

  206. Lewis Thompson says:

    I am learning to focus on the important things of this 35 day challenge. And I’m thankful that I get to got through this time with you men of God.

  207. Denny says:

    Writing down a few points of each prayer focus helped me to stay on track for the most part.

  208. Wayne says:

    I have followed the ACTS style of prayer for years but what is making an impact is the praying out loud in a quiet place free of distractions. I find my thought process doesn’t wander and seems much more meaningful. I find that I can spend more time in prayer as things just keep coming to mind as I verbalize my prayer, almost like doing two things at once.
    Good stuff!! Thank you!

  209. Wayne says:

    I have followed the ACTS style of prayer for years but what is making an impact is the praying out loud in a quiet place free of distractions. I find my thought process doesn’t wander and seems much more meaningful. I find that I can spend more time in prayer as things just keep coming to mind as I verbalize my prayer, almost like doing two things at once.

    Good stuff!! Thank you!

  210. Eddie says:

    Balancing my prayer time is difficult for me. Usually I will pray for specific things at different times of the day. Praying for multiple things seems like it will lead to squirrels, but I can understand how it can also be helpful.

  211. Brian says:

    I found that this structure of prayer helps me focus my prayer time on not just asking, but confessing to God my sins and thanking him for my many blessings. PACT will become my new method of prayer. Thank you for this challenge.

  212. Steve Roarke says:

    I feel that when I pray, that I am praying and asking for similar things, by separating prayer by the PACT method I hope to be more spontaneous with my prayer time.

  213. Brian says:

    I found that this structure of prayer helps me focus my prayer time on not just asking, but confessing to God my sins and thanking him for my many blessings. PACT will become my new method of prayer.

  214. Terry says:

    I like ACT, but find reverse order aligns with my own habits. I think my asking aligns with Gods will better if the other two have already been covered.

  215. Steve says:

    I’ve noticed that I spend WAY too much time in prayer ASKING God and not much time in confessing and thanking him. Thanks for the easy acronym, helps keep my prayer time balanced.

  216. Ben Heckathorn says:

    I’m with Henry on this one. I prefer to enter into prayer with Thanksgiving first. I am realizing I do a very poor job of staying focused even for just five short minutes.

  217. Mike Sciacca says:

    ACTS is an OLD accrement that I (and others) R very familiar with in regards 2 prayer.
    It stands 4; Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, & Supplication. We all need 2 start R prayers
    with adoration; remembering who we R talking 2, & adoring/worshiping HIM….MIKE..

  218. Pete says:

    I’ve been in a spiritual funk for a while and have been more focused on asking (ok, many times demanding) in my prayer time. Praying through PACT this morning I realized that in the areas where I feel deficient and lacking and haven’t felt God moving, God has been walking me through it this whole time. But it took me to actually stop and look for where he’s been working, Thank him for that, and Confess my stubbornness and resistance to him.

  219. Paul says:

    Wow pact was awesome! Today it help me to focus on key things that I needed to pray about and also it helped me to be more thankful of what he’s already done.

  220. Tim says:

    For me I like to give thanks before asking. Psalms 100:3 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”

  221. Jake says:

    This reminds me of another acronym CARROT – Confession, Adoration, Request, Remembering Others, and Thanksgiving….they both help me stay focused as I pray.

  222. roger W johnsen says:

    Confessing was reviling, I often thank and ask, but confession has not been a part of my prayer life.

  223. Wayne D says:

    I like the reminder of balance in my prayer life. Less of me and more about lifting up others around me.

  224. Stephen says:

    I became aware that what I asked for, what I confessed, and what I was thankful for…at least for this mornings excersize, is that they were all connected. Which I thought was pretty cool….one led right to the next. Thanks!

  225. Shawn says:

    PACT! Very nice way to cover all the bases and created that balance I’d been, so often, missing in my prayer time. Thanks Vince.

  226. Mike Sirignano says:

    Good Morning brothers! In putting all 3 aspects together, we have to be asking God according to his will. Which means we shouldn’t be asking for TV. What I got was that if we are asking God according to His will, it is for something we are lacking or not doing. Often this revolves around sin, which gives us an opportunity to confess, and then to thank Him for delivering us. In my time this morning I found myself repeating this little PACT over and over with different things. What an excellent lesson!

  227. Mike Sirignano says:

    Good Morning! In putting all 3 aspects together, we have to be asking God according to his will. Which means we shouldn’t be asking for TV. What I got was that if we are asking God according to His will, it is for something we are lacking or not doing. Often this revolves around sin, which gives us an opportunity to confess, and then to thank Him for delivering us. In my time this morning I found myself repeating this little PACT over and over with different things. What an excellent lesson!

  228. Brian says:

    I’ve got a lot on my mind this morning right away. This helped me not spend my prayer time just asking. I appreciate that and needed that today especially.

  229. Dave Benson says:

    “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
    Matthew 6:7

    Before I started praying this morning I looked down and noticed my bible open to my daily reading for the day and Matt 6:7 reminded me of perhaps where my prayer life has been. Praying out loud helps me to determine if my words are empty phrases. Are my words from my heart or just my mouth? And as I look at PACT, I realize I am heavy on asking and thanking but my pride has me leaving the confessing out. It certainly helps to cleanse my heart with confession before I thank my Lord for his abundant blessings!

  230. Michael Reps says:

    Using the PACT acronym to keep my prayer balanced is going to be a catalyst to enhancing my prayer life. I found that writing out a few bullet points before hand really helped guide my prayer as well.

  231. Eric says:

    How refreshing to organize my prayers that end up cyclical. I thank God for provisions, ask to provide, confess my wrongs, and thank Him for being Awesome and giving the glory to Him.

  232. Mike Snyder says:

    I like the acronym to help remember te steps. Is there anyway to see/hear the previous days message? I missed 2 and can’t find the emails

  233. cory doden says:

    The asking and thanking was easy. However the confession was powerful. I confessed I have not been considerate of my wife’s feelings and need to make amends.

  234. Kevin says:

    I found the P.A.C.T method to be effective in organizing my prayer time. It helped me focus my conversation with God!

  235. Ron Petersen says:

    I love using the acronym PACT!
    It actually helps me plan how to pray which keeps the squirrels away! 🙂

  236. Bill Fuess says:

    I like it helped me to pray things that I normally don’t good format
    Repeated it a couple of times !!
    Good stuff

  237. Troy says:

    Thankful to all those out there who have helped me grow closer to God. Thank you God for putting this community of believers around me. We need each other brothers. Pray on!

  238. Nathan says:

    All the things that we’ve focused on this week have helped me to create not only length of prayer that’s significant but also meaningful content and intentionality in my prayers.

  239. John says:

    Praying out loud helps me focus and remember through the day, PACT puts a balance, This has emphasized how personal God desires to be us. We just need to make him the priority in our lives!

  240. JP says:

    I learned that I can come to God in the same way I can my earthly father. In this I know has my best interests at heart and that He will love, forgive and guide me.

  241. Ron says:

    This is great! Adds structure and takes the mystique out of how to pray. Not only will this help my prayer life but it’s easy to share with others in my life!

  242. Dan says:

    The Pact method is helpful , but I find that as I pray I go back and forth on asking and confessing and thanking. My morning prayers usually start out in praising and thanking God for all he has done, then asking for strength and forgiveness for my sins (confessing) and then again thanking him for the many blessings in my life, and asking again for continued guidance through his Holly Spirit and back to thanks for his loving grace. It covers the PACT method, but jumps around as my thoughts come out in words.

  243. Tom Klingbeil says:

    My prayer is beginning to change. I’m along for other period, not myself. This is exciting.

  244. Eric says:

    I found that was actually a little difficult to balance my prayer this morning as I don’t usually do this. Will take some practice to get it right but seems like a good idea.

  245. Dean W says:

    I so look forward to getting up in the morning and talking with God. Through God, I am seeing Him answering many of my prayers. This week my focus had been more on God and less on myself. Praying out loud, really works. Able to stay focused. Looking forward to what God has in store for me today.

  246. Jay Wegiel says:

    I found myself intermixig the 4 components. I began with thanking and found as I was thankful I was asking for continued blessing and more support. As I was doing this I had more clarity and convictions of what I needed to confess. And then asking again for help in overcoming these weaknesses. And so it went snowballing into 10min.

  247. Dennis says:

    It is because of Jesus that we even have the opportunity to speak to God. All of these parts together of asking, thanking, and confessing is what makes the relationship real.

  248. Jim Hill says:

    I needed to start with confessing so could ask free of burden. Then finish with thanking God

  249. Anthony Gjorvad says:

    It was great to have a structure to my prayer. In the past I would usually just cover one type of prayer when I prayed, this gives a lot more balance.

  250. Eric K says:

    P.A.C.T This will definitely help with Prayers. It will great a Authentic conversation with GOD

  251. Dave P says:

    I have used this PACT before where P is used for Praise. I like the idea of praying out load as it adds an informal, yet personal element to our conversations with God.

    • Ben E says:

      PACT helps me to remember to pray in multiple areas. Sometimes one of the letters gets most of the prayer time. ACTS has been one that helps my prayer time keep balanced-also add praying out loud.

    • Bill says:

      I pray to know Christ and make Him known. I pray to hear that little voice, feel that little itch that tells me to do this or that through out the day. I pray not to be distracted by the world or by my own thoughts.

  252. Marty Miller says:

    I prayed this prayer out loud with my wife. She was encouraged and blessed… and so was I!

  253. Bryce says:

    I really love the balance of PACT. I often times just ask in prayer, sometimes getting to the thanking part, and rarely the confession. This is a great acronym to help keep my prayer time balanced.

  254. Sam says:

    It has helped to reinforce my understanding that there should be a balance in prayer. It is not all about asking but letting him know out loud that we are thankful that he is always stnading with and behind us

  255. Bryan says:

    I really like this acronym, it helps me stay on track during prayer, and is a great reminder not to spend too much time just asking God for things, which has been something I struggle with in prayer.

  256. Mac says:

    As I was praying “ with balance” it reminded me of the Lord’s Prayer as it has different components.

    • Henry says:

      I’ve never personally liked using the ACT method of praying. I was always taught to “enter with praise and thanksgiving,” even as I was praying this morning I instinctively started with giving thanks. Ever since Pastor Jeff did a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer I have used that as my model to follow during my extended prayer time.

    • Brandon Pyc says:

      PACT teaches me to be mindful and intentional about balance in my prayers and highlighted that confession is the area that I need to continue to be more self-aware of during prayer time. PACT helped me to be less self-focused.

      • Josh says:

        This PACT method was helpful to remind me to hit these all important areas of prayer even if it’s coming out in a different order. The confession part has been the most beneficial to me because I feel more thankful and more likely to ask him for things after I’ve confessed my shortcomings. I’m thankful for His mercy and grace today!

    • Evan Heckathorn says:

      I usually start with thanking God so starting with requests is unnatural for me, so I guess I learned that it’s not my favorite way to pray?

  257. Brian says:

    Today I learned that I had an actual conversation with God which helps me be closer in my relationship with him.

  258. George says:

    I found having done each of these before and only in the last few days I could be more specific in my conversation with God on the past 24 hours in my PACT.

  259. Troy says:

    Definitely keeps you in tact with the conversation with God in prayer. Eliminates those detours that pop into your head during this time.
    Thank you Vince for continuing new direction for how to talk to God.

  260. Russ says:

    This PACT method is a wonderful tool to use for my prayer time. It helps me stay concentrate on what I need to say to God.

  261. James says:

    Good morning brothers. Today I tied all aspects that we have been practicing these last six days into one prayer session. I find it difficult to pray out loud I’m always wondering what to say but this method of PACT worked well. Towards the end of my five minute session with God I was overwhelmed with emotion. I actually felt like I was going to cry during the confession stage of my prayer. I’d love to hear how the rest of you are doing.

  262. Troy says:

    Very good structure on a new way to talk to God. Really puts perspective and some great direction to keep that time with God in check.
    Thank you Vince for continuing the great direction to stay connected with God.

  263. Stephen says:

    This is the way I have been praying all week as each discipline was discussed I just compounded it onto the other disciplines learned. It does help with balancing my conversation with God. Putting it into an acronym helps to remember the components but practice is the key to developing it into habit.

  264. Aaron says:

    Prayer is immensely powerful. I always start out in gratitude, then I ask for things in my own life then I ask Jesus to touch others in how they are struggling. I also have a prayer journal that I document my prayers. Be bold and specific in prayer. Then ask for direction in areas you need to make a decision on – open-ended questions for Him to respond.

  265. John says:

    Love this acronym. This will bring up a lot of structure to my own prayers but also help me in teaching prayer to others. Very simple to remember and do.

  266. Mike N. says:

    Balance was definitely key here! I enjoyed this method, but found that I had patterns in prayer that came through as I was praying in this order. It’s good for me to keep/be reminder of “balance” in prayer, especially as I’m in prayer for longer timeframes.

  267. Dan Z says:

    Being mindful of “P.A.C.T.” helps me to be more balanced and intentional in my conversations with God. Thanks Vince.

  268. Román Jáquez says:

    This is good. Most of my prayers are expression of gratitudes. To me, it feels right to pray in that order.

    • Bill Krouse says:

      The P A C T method helped me focus on God and stay on task. Thanks Vince!

      • Michael McClain says:

        This method helped me to remember some things I usually forget and my prayer felt a bit more fulfilling today.

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