“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
What is prayer? Prayer is simply our way of communicating with God. It is difficult to have a strong relationship with Him if we do not communicate with Him. Communication Builds Relationships. We can’t have a relationship with people in our lives if we do not take the time to talk and listen to them. The same goes for our God; we must talk and listen to Him as well. You might be thinking, “How can I talk and listen to someone who is not physically here?” The truth is God is here, and He does speak and listen. We just need to take the time to pray and listen. He speaks through The Word (the Bible). He also speaks through the soft voice in your head, the Holy Spirit. A lot of us hear Him speak, but fail to GOdotDO. This is the challenge of the Christian life. It is so easy for us to listen to our own voice and ignore His. This is the reason prayer is such an important part of our everyday lives. It invites God to speak into our heart and mind. So let’s talk about how to pray.
Do you ever wonder if you are “praying right?” There is not a such thing as a right or wrong prayer. Listen to this…
“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24
How awesome is that! God knows what you are praying before you are even finished praying it. Before you are done, He has already started working. There really is not a right or wrong way to pray, but there are more effective ways than others. If the point is to communicate with our Father who knows what we are about to say, how should we go about praying? Jesus actually tells us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord’s Prayer…
“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Most likely you have heard and recited this prayer before. But do you actually know what it means? Jesus just didn’t share this prayer for us to recite it. With this prayer, He actually laid out an outline for us to follow with all of our prayers. If you breakdown the Lord’s Prayer, you are left with three basic actions:
DECLARE God’S GREATNESS. Putting yourself in perspective to Him. Humbling yourself before Him. Realizing you are part of His story, not the other way around. He is Big, you are small.
SURRENDER YOUR WILL. Ask God for His will to be done in your life. This is saying no matter what you want, you are TRUSTING Him to do what He wants, when He wants.
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR DEPENDENCE. This is where you need to ask for forgives for your sins and your failures. This is where you admit you can’t live the Christian life without His help. This is where you need Him to help you flee from the temptations in your life.
It does not have to be pretty. It does not have to be long. He just wants you to invite Him into your life and your decisions. Regardless of His answers, isn’t it amazing that He always hears you and goes to work before you are even finished praying? If we want our relationship to grow stronger with God, we must pray more. Take a few minutes and talk to God and listen to what He has to say.
Heavenly Father, We would like to thank you so much for allowing us to be part of your story. Thank you for sending your Son down to earth so He could show us the pathway to you. Father, we ask that you place us on your path and that your will is done. Our way never works out Lord. We ask that you forgive us for our sins and all the people we have hurt in the process. Please help keep us free from temptation and show us the way out. Father, allow our hands and feet to be yours today. We love You. Amen
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