Ever wondered how you can make effective prayers? There is a simple way to pray, here’s how to pray as Jesus taught his disciples.
The Lord’s Prayer is a good prayer you can use make praises to God and to make your requirements known to God.
Our Father who art in heaven
When you pray, relax and focus on the presence of God.
Quiet down your thoughts and turn your mind to God, “don’t focus on your problems, focus on God’s possibilities.” Think about his wonderful nature and His great care and love for you.
Hebrew 3: 1, “…fix your thoughts on Jesus…our apostle and high priest”.
Why is this important? Because when you focus on God you will not focus on anything else.
Hallowed be your name
Mediate on God’s holiness. Remember, God is Holy, you too ought to be holy, “for it is written, be Holy, for I am holy” I Peter 1: 16. Be holy also, because your Father will judge you impartially in accordance to how you lived your life: I Peter 1; 17.
You can “hallow”and “make Holy” the name of God by having a settled confidence in his word.
Your kingdom come
Before you pray, ask yourself, “do I believe in the kingdom of God?’ You have to believe in God, it is important you do, if you do not believe, ask Him to help you believe in Him.
Carry this same faith to whatever request you are presenting to Him. God is greatly pleased by believers.
Hebrews 11: 6; “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Mark 11: 24; “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Remember; be patient and be grateful, whether or not your prayers are answered, there is a time and a season for everything.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Here’s a secret: If you want your prayers answered, ask for something that glorifies your father in heaven. Ask yourself, “what is it that moves God? The answer is Love. Love and simplicity will always rule, seek to love, be humble before God and others.
When you go before God in prayer, you have ask for love in love, ask for something that will help others more than it will help you, that is God’s will for your life. Do not ask for simple passing pleasures.
Be realistic in what you want. Employ the SMART strategy if you may [specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound prayers].
Ask yourself, “How will you I use the gift that will be given to me?”
It is important to have a positive mindset, “do not worry about anything but with prayer and supplication before the Lord…. present your requests to God (Philippians 4; 6)
Give us today our daily bread
The reference of “daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer essentially denotes to ‘Jesus Christ’ who is the bread of life. Jesus declared, in John 6: 35 that, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jesus is the word of God, the truth and so when you ask God to “Give us our daily bread”, it signifies, spiritual nourishment from the word of God, and not really, the common bread that we eat.
Deuteronomy 8: 3, “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
The problem is that we humankind, in as much we are spirits in need of the word of God to have our being, we are still flesh and are driven by material needs, so when we pray, we think of bread, the food and not bread, the Holy Spirit and word of God
Either way, the meaning is parallel, it can still mean our daily needs, [food, shelter, health etc.]
The lesson is this: Be Specific
Be as specific and as clear as possible in your request, tell God exactly what you want. Even though he knows your need, specificity is for your own sake, it will help you believe. Your specific request, helps to build on your power of imagination, you begin to picture your prayer item and the experience enlivens your faith.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who debt us
Before you ask for anything in prayer, seek first for forgiveness from God and then forgive others.
In Matthew 18: 21-35, Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a King who forgave his servant for his debts, but after being released, this same servants failed to forgive his fellow servant for his debts. The king was therefore angered and decided to punish the servant all together [Read the whole parable to understand.]
The Bible advises us in Colossians 3: 13; ‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Why is it important to forgive others?
“Because, if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15, New International Version (NIV).
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
I Peter 5:8, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
The devil is evil [true to his name], and he will lie to you that other things like money, fame and other trivial vanities rather than God are important. Satan tempted Jesus in Matthew 4;
The devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’”. Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
James 4; 7,”Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Ask God to help you submit to him and to help your resist the evil schemes of the devil. He will help you.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, now and forever
God reigns! It is important that you acknowledge this, Jesus said in Matthew 10: 32; “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
You don’t want to imagine what will happen to your life when Jesus acknowledges you before God.