What is prayer?
Prayer is when we stop paying attention to all the craziness in the world around us, when we grow still, and we have a focused conversation with God.
Why is prayer important?
One of the 12 reasons for praying given in an article on FocusOnTheFamily.com really hit home for me:
“Prayer reminds us that we are not in control, but God is, thus keeping us from pride.”
How should I pray?
Jesus gives us the answer to this question in Matthew 6:9-13:
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptations,
But deliver us from evil.'”
Let’s break that down, though.
Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Our God is a good God. He is watching over us and deserves our adoration. He is holy and deserves our praise.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
It is not about our will, not about what we may think is a good plan for our lives – it’s about His plan. As we grow closer in our relationship with God through studying His word and spending time in prayer, the deep desires that we want in our lives will start to line up with His will.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2
Give us this day our daily bread
I have heard this from a couple of perspectives. The first one, taking it literally. Meaning, God is our Provider. He is the one who gives us those things we need like food, shelter, clothing, etc. We need to be thanking Him for this provision.
The second perspective I have heard is taking this statement figuratively. In John 6:48-50, Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.” Our daily bread is Jesus – leading and guiding us daily.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
We are supposed to forgive others. It is not our place to decide if someone deserves our forgiveness or not. It is just our job to forgive them. This isn’t always easy, but it is a must!
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. – Matthew 6:14-15
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
God doesn’t tell us that we won’t be tempted. But, He does promise to give us a way to escape the temptation! Sometimes we need to ask for His help to be able to find the escape door, though!
Let’s go before God today and everyday and make our requests known to Him who loves us, cares for us, and wants only good for us!
How can I pray for you? Comment below or send me a prayer request…we are in this together sweet sister!