“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’””
I love this honest question from the disciples! Jesus gives them a simple and yet powerful formate for prayer! Each aspect intentionally added to take our focus off of ourselves and on to God. Here are these simple steps broken out for you!
This is one of my favorite aspects! Have you ever considered HOW you address God as you pray? We tend to just say things like “Dear God” or “Dear Lord” – but what if you addressed Him as “Dad” or “Father”? What if we moved beyond the rote and called out to the name of God that is most meaningful to us at the time?
Praise is what we were created to do! Starting our prayer with praise turns our focus off ourselves! Praise gives us perspective; we are reminded who we are in light of who He is! Sharon Miller says in her book, ‘Free of Me’, that “worship has taken the power out of my insecurities and self-absorption.” We find freedom in praising and worshiping our Creator!
John 14 reminds us that God is good to answer our prayers! The Lord desires for us to call on His name and ask! What holds you back from ‘making your requests known’? Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that God takes our requests and replaces it with peace!
Now that we have made requests to God and are focused on our trust of Him we can move to confession. This step by step leads us further into an understanding of how small we are and how much we need the Lord. We need Him and don’t want anything to stand between us. We are brought to a place where we see our sin more clearly and can confess that to God in faith of His forgiveness. What do you need to confess? Take time to be quiet if you need the Holy Spirit to guide you in your confession.
5. Seek Wisdom
We can’t forgive others without the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us. Seek the Lord’s wisdom in your conflict and daily interactions with the people.
Acknowledge the Spiritual battle that is present in your life and ask the Lord to empower you and protect you!
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Prayer is, in its most simplistic form, faith. We know that the shield of faith is the most powerful defense against the Devil. We can scorch his flaming arrows of anxiety, worry, bitterness, pride, etc by turning our face from ourselves and our troubles and onto the greatness of our Creator God. Prayer brings peace, hope, and abundant joy!
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