“True prayers are born of present trials and present needs. Bread for today is bread enough. Bread given for today is the strongest sort of pledge that there will be bread tomorrow. Victory today is the assurance of victory tomorrow. Our prayers need to be focused upon the present. We must trust God today, and leave the morrow entirely with Him. The present is ours; the future belongs to God. Prayer is the task and duty of each recurring day — daily prayer for daily needs.”
Desire to Pray
I have sat in my living room, early in the morning, trying to speak to God. In my heart I want to pray, I want to listen, and I want to experience a breakthrough in my spirit, but too often I feel overwhelmed with the needs of the day before the day really begins.
This week, I’m going to try and work through what I believe is one of the most important aspects of the spiritual life: Prayer.
Teach Me How To Pray
I’m going to do that by examining the prayer that Jesus laid out for his disciples as the “model” prayer when they asked him to teach them how to pray. It will, no doubt, be familiar to those of you who have a church background, but I believe there is much to be discovered for our souls if we really learn how to pray using this prayer as a guideline.
Too often we think that there is some kind of formula that we can solve in order to get closer to God.
There is no formula.
There is no catch.
There is not manipulation with God.
There is no secret.
Prayer: The Means To Relationship
Prayer is simply a means to relationship with the Almighty. It is communication between Parent and child. It is where we lean in and listen to our instruction, our hope, our very lifeline.
And for too many of us, it is one of the most, if not the most neglected spiritual discipline of them all.
I’m going to split up the next ten posts to look at the Lord’s Prayer, given by Jesus as an example to his disciples on how to pray. We will go into each phrase and glean some truth and practical insight into what it means to pray this way.
By the end, I hope to encourage you that this “model” prayer is indeed a model for you to follow, and I hope that you will use this in your own life to pray with fervor and passion as you find yourself in the Kingdom way.
The Lord’s Prayer
As we go along this week, I will add a link to each phrase in this post so that you can easily find your next reading. Feel free to use this as a devotional guide through the next 10 days as you learn how to pray like Jesus.
“Our Father 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 lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one”
Jesus (Matthew 6:9-13)
- In what way do you struggle to pray?
- Could part of your problem be that you have no plan to pray?
- Do you feel guilty when you don’t pray?
Don’t allow shame and guilt to guide you, allow God’s Spirit of grace and truth to draw you in. Prayer isn’t something we should be guilted into, it should flow from a desire to know Christ and to be known by Him. Take some time today to schedule times for prayer. Don’t let it get past you. Just put it on your calendar. My best time is in the morning. Your best time may be later on.
I prefer to begin my day with Jesus, knowing that I need some kind of a start in the morning. I think this is the best example we have of how to know when to pray. Jesus, himself would get up early in the morning to pray. (Mark 1:35) So, whenever you choose to pray, just remember that it is important to plan to pray. Failure to plan, is planning to fail.