When it comes to praying, most of us have an idea of what it should look like. But we could be wrong because sometimes learning from others is not enough. As Christians, it is important to test whether the things we believe is actually the truth and the best way to do so is to look through scripture.
I bet most people know the Lord’s prayer, here it is:
The Lord’s Prayer
“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 evil.”Matthew 6:9-14
This is a prayer many of us learn at home, in a church or at a school. But there is an important aspect of this prayer we are missing out on.
Most people memorise it word for word without even understanding the meaning behind it.
Imagine if you had a conversation with someone and all they did was repeat to you the same sentence over and over and over again, what would you think of that person?
I would possibly think it is weird, and I would honestly feel like this person does not really want to communicate with me, they just want to say whatever they rehearsed and then they are done with it.
God never intended us to be a recorded voice message on the other side. Jesus in this passage is giving us the foundation of how we should structure our prayers.
Our Father in Heaven
Firstly in any form of communication, you need to address the person you are speaking to. As Christians, He is the only one we pray to.
Hallowed be your name
Secondly, when speaking to the Father you need to approach him with the respect and honour that he definitely deserves. This is what the word ‘Hallowed’ means:
- made holy; consecrated.
“hallowed ground” , greatly revered and honoured.
Our goal as Christians is to sanctify God’s name and make it known to the ends of the earth, so we need to revere His name.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
As Christians, this should be the first thing on your mind when speaking to God, we are to seek His Kingdom and will first, to seek His purpose for our lives above our own desires, to seek His will for everything on Earth as He wishes.
The primary role of prayer is to align our will with God’s will. So we pray that His Will shall live in our hearts regardless of what we want and ask for from Him.
Give this us this day our daily bread
What do you need from God? Here is where that list goes, whether it be; help with a brother, hospital bills, healing, family etc.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. “Matthew 7:7-8
This is also the place where you lay all your anxieties, fears or troubles at His feet, giving it to Him, submitting it all to Him.
“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
This is the place where you are honest with God, confessing to Him, seeking personal forgiveness of sins you have committed or currently are pursuing. Through this, you will also see that the Holy Spirit reveals to you all the things you have done that need forgiveness. All of us fall short of the glory of God, each and every one of us are sinners, but that is no excuse to continue in sin. Seeking forgiveness and turning from them is so important.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9
By asking for forgiveness we need to also remember that we need to forgive others who have sinned against us. Jesus forgives us, therefore it is our duty to truly forgive others. No one is perfect and everyone needs Jesus’ love and who knows, that might be the very thing that changes someone and leads them to eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.James 1:13-14
God does not tempt us, however, we should acknowledge that the great deceiver will tempt us to do things that do not line up with what God wants. God wants us to be holy and the enemy wants the opposite. God can protect us from him and He will.
The flesh is weak that is why we need to rely on His strength above our own.
Once we are done asking God for all we want and need it is important to remember
WHO HE IS.
We need to worship Him for who He is, for what He has done, for what He will do. We need to trust in Him, even if our requests are rejected. We need to trust that He is in control and knows what is best for us.
So now that you know more about how to pray, give it a shot. Let us know how it has affected you. Because we want you to draw closer to God, this is why we write these articles. We have an agenda and that agenda is for you to be set free in Jesus’ name.
Thank you for reading all of this. God bless you.