There are those days when I set my heart on the Lord as I sit and wait in His presence. I come, full of anticipation and expectation, ready to meet Him in the place of prayer. And then, my mind goes blank. What was it that I was going to pray about today? I am at a loss for words and find myself trying to recreate my “prayer list” in my head.
Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. The Lord’s Prayer, as set out in Matthew 6, can be a helpful guide when we otherwise don’t know how to 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 this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your Name.
We begin our prayer with adoration. We focus on God and His holiness. There is none like Him. He is deserving of our praise and adoration.
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? For You alone are holy. (Revelation 15:4)
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.
Next, we ask God to accomplish His Will in our lives and the lives of those we love. I have come before God with selfish ambition before, seeking my own will and completely disregarding His. But when I pray His heart, asking for His will, then I give God permission to move freely in and through me. What about those times when we cannot see, when things appear dark and bleak? This is when we pray “from heaven to earth”. As children of God, we have the authority to reach up into heaven with our faith and access the resources He’s given us. We are to pray from the place of victory always, until such time as our situation changes or we have peace in our current state.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We then ask God to give us His portion and abundance for our day. Ask God what it is He would like to accomplish through you. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Ask God to help you to read His Word and to hide it in your heart. When we eat of Him, we will walk in His ways and accomplish His purpose for our lives.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Confessing our sin is vital to keeping our heart alive before God. We come, asking God to cleanse us, giving us clean hands and a pure heart. (Psalm 24:4) Ask God to search your heart and bring to light anything that is not pleasing to Him.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT)
Ask God to help you to forgive those who have wronged you or hurt you. Allow Him to take these burdens, and do not allow your heart to carry offense. When we forgive others, God is able to forgive us. (Matt. 6:14)
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
There will be temptations that we face in life, but God gives us the power to overcome anything that the enemy might try to throw at us. And He promises to always provide a way of escape for us.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Cor. 10:13)
The enemy does not want us to live a prosperous life for God. Therefore, we must be watchful and alert in prayer to his tactics.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen!
As we conclude our prayer time, we declare God’s greatness, His power and authority. God is calling for the establishment of His Kingdom here on earth. And we get to be a part of that! What a privilege it is to be co-laborers with Christ, all for the glory of God!
*This is Day 20 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!