Jesus has given us the ideal framework when it comes to praying in what is commonly known as The Lord's Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13.
"Our Father in heaven, holy is your name..."
Firstly just quieten yourself for a few moments then acknowlege by name who it is you're speaking to. Even though He's holy (perfect) and we're not His love and His grace welcome us into His presence...anytime!
"Your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
His will and His works are important. Unlike earthly fathers our Father in Heaven always wants the very best for us. So whether this is personal, a local community issue or global if it's for a peaceful and loving outcome His will is being done.
"Give us this day our daily bread..."
We're encouraged by Jesus to ask God for our physical needs and the needs of others. You can do that.
"And forgive us our debts as we forgive others theirs."
Forgiveness is a crucial component for our ongoing spiritual and emotional well being. Through forgiveness, we can live at peace with God, with others and with ourselves.
"Don't let us be tempted but deliver us from evil."
Jesus reminds us that we need to take into account our need for protection both physical and spiritual and to live peaceful, moral lives in our community. There's many evils we can name and pray against. You can name the evil, either personal or on a wider scale in the local or global community. The evil of injustice, abuse or it might be family breakdown or drugs.
"For the Kingdom the power and the glory are yours forever."
Because God has the power He can do what you ask, so ask confidently. You'll see it... when you believe it.
The word simply means 'so be it' or 'I agree with you God and Your desire to see it happen so please do it?'
Remember when you hear the prayer subject for the day on AirTime and you join in, you're actually agreeing together with thousands of others for God to do something and that's a very powerful thing. It's people power joining together with heaven's power!
And once you've prayed, it will either be what you ask for or something better for the long term good of all concerned. God does care and Jesus (God in human form), in whose name we ask these things, is proof positive of that.
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