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When our lives are hectic, it may be hard to settle down and pray. When our hearts are hurting, we may not know what to say. When we’re wanting to deepen our relationship with God, we may wonder what pattern of prayer pleases Him.
There is one Person whose heart always pleased God, Someone who has shown us how to talk to Him. In Matthew 6, Jesus gave us a pattern for prayer. He told us:
- how to address God,
- what to focus on in life,
- how often to ask for what we need,
- what to do about our sins and others’,
- how to guard against evil, and
- why to ask for these things.
If Jesus taught the disciples to pray like this, we know that this pattern of prayer is complete with power, with a respect and love for God, and with a desire to see His will done in our daily circumstances.
Jesus prayed this way in Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV), and so can we:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Father, we draw close to You, and we respect, honor, and love You for who You are.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray that Your rule in our lives would be supreme, above anything else that would seek to take Your place. May Your kingdom be established in our hearts and minds, so that Your good purposes are accomplished in us and through us. We submit our wills to Yours. Help us to do Your will in our daily circumstances and routines.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We bring to You our daily needs and prayer requests. We look to You to take care of us and to provide what we need.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Forgive us of our sins as we confess them to You, and help us to be wise and strong enough to forgive those who have wronged us.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Guide our steps so that we don’t give in to temptation. Deliver us from Satan’s schemes. Help us to keep watch over our own hearts and families, and to stand guard through prayer over our church, city, country, and the world. Strengthen us to resist the ways of the world and to embrace Your ways so that Satan doesn’t have victory in our lives and in our society.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
To You belong perfect authority, power, and glory forever. We will honor You today in what we say and do. You are Almighty God. Amen.
When you pray, do you follow a particular pattern? If you pray similarly to the Lord’s Prayer, which part do you spend the most time praying about? Share your comments below, and may God bless your prayer time and use it to bless many, many lives.
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