How to Pray: ACTS

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This simple acronym guides us in speaking with God in prayer.

I call upon you; answer me, O God.

    Turn your ear to me; hear my speech.

Pslam 17:6

What is the ACTS prayer acronym?

ACTS is a simple, but powerful way to pray. The origin of this prayer method is unknown, yet it is used today frequently. We can even go back to the ancient prayers from the Bible, such as the Lord’s Prayer, and other Saint prayers and see the acronym in-action. The acronym is as follows:

  • A – Adoration
  • C – Contrition
  • T -Thankfulness
  • S – Supplication

Why pray with ACTS?

The acronym helps us remember the steps of prayer, and act as a guide to open up our conversation with God. That’s what prayer is, after all! If you’re new to prayer, this method might help you feel more comfortable to both talk with God freely and also rest in silence with Him.

When can I pray with ACTS?

You can pray with ACTS anytime that suits you! While there’s never a need to rush through prayer, this 4-step prayer method is a great way to spend a couple minutes with God, whenever you can. In Hallow, you can follow the ACTS acronym in a minute reflection. If minute meditations are a way you like to pray, you can also learn the Pirate Prayer method, as well as the Examen.

How to Pray: ACTS

Begin with the Sign of the Cross. 

A – Adoration

Begin your prayer in adoration and praise of God. Let yourself be filled with wonder at who God is and how He desires to be with you, always. If you want inspiration, you can pray with a Psalm of praise such as Psalm 100, or Psalm 67.

C – Contrition

Next, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you your sinfulness and need for God’s mercy and grace. Name to God particular sins you need forgiveness for at this moment.

T – Thankfulness

Spend some time now thanking God for the gifts in your life. Try to notice the gifts you often take for granted. 

S – Supplication

Lastly, lift up your cares and concerns to God. Pray for the people in your life, for those who are suffering, for the needs of all people throughout the world. Ask God to show you who to pray for today.

Close in prayer

End your prayer with time in silence with God and an Our Father. Lastly, make the Sign of the Cross.


You can pray ACTS on Hallow! For a short version, check out the Minute Reflection. If you’d like a longer version, you can find it in the Sleep tab > Meditations.