Spiritual Practice


Crystal Mazzuca

Do you struggle with praying? I do. When my mind draws a blank and I don’t know what to say or what to pray for, I think of TACOS:

  • Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for? Family, friends, your home, your church — the list goes on. Start by thanking God.
  • Adoration: God is awesome! Adoration means “worship” or “great and profound love.” Let Jesus know how much you love him.
  • Confession: Prayer is a lot easier when we get rid of the barriers between God and us. We all sin. In prayer, we can confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness.
  • Others: So many people we know (and even those we don’t) could use our prayers. Praying means taking the focus off of ourselves and lifting up the needs of others.
  • Supplication: Pray for yourself and your own needs. These prayers should come last. Otherwise, we are tempted to spend all of our prayer time talking about ourselves.


Devote yourselves to prayer.
Colossians 4:2a (NIV)

Try TACOS: When you pray, spend one minute each in Thanksgiving, Adoration, Confession, praying for Others, and Supplication. That’s five minutes in prayer. After a few days, allow two minutes for each so that you are praying for ten minutes. With TACOS, prayer will seem a whole lot easier — and delicious.

—from devozine (January/February 2011). Copyright © 2010 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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