How to Pray

I’m reading a devotional called “Experience 14 days of Fresh Air”

Today’s talked about Matthew 6:8-13 where the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. the author notes that all Jewish people are taught to pray from a young age, so their request was not that they had no point of reference or familiarity with it. They wanted to know not just how to recite a memorized prayer but how to be in conversation with God and pray with passion as Jesus did. So Jesus taught them the most famous prayer. But the author challenges us to use the outline of that prayer and make it personal i.e.:

  1.  Address God in a warm and loving way {Our Father which art in heaven}
  2. consider which of his names you want to remember and honor (i.e. our peace, our provider, our protection, our help)  {Hallowed be thy name}
  3. ask for his will to be done before your own agenda {Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven}
  4. and when you do ask for your needs, invite God to meet them in all area of your life. not just the most urgent ones {Give us this day our daily bread}
  5. ask him for forgiveness and the help to forgive others in the same way {and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us}
  6. tell him you need him to help you avoid whatever tempts you personally. whatever your temptation is invite him in to strengthen and fortify you. take a stand against the enemy in your life. {lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil}
  7. Have faith in God’s ability to accomplish everything. {for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. amen}

This approach will change the way you pray or even if you’ve never prayed before help you on your way. it can be hard and awkward at first but so worth it!

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