When Jesus taught how to pray he gave us an example how what to say. Though we don’t need to recite it word for word when we pray, it is a great guideline. Read Jesus’ example of prayer
Read: Matthew 6:9-13 (Don’t be in a hurry, read it slow and even multiple times)
Think it Through
Let’s break down the prayer into parts and think about how those parts apply to you.
- Is there an area of your life you hope to see God’s will done?
- What would it look like for you to ask for daily bread?
- Is there anything you need to ask for forgiveness for? Anyone you need to forgive?
- Are there areas of temptation you struggle with? What difficulties do you need to be delivered from?
When you take time to pray, do you ever have trouble knowing what to pray about?
How can you use the Lord’s prayer to help you pray?
Make a habit
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:6
If you decided to make praying daily a habit, where would be a good place for you to pray?
What are some possible distractions you will have? How could you get rid of those distractions?
What time of day could you be the most consistent?
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. -Matthew 6:7-8
Prayers don’t have to be long to be meaningful. Take the 2 minute prayer challenge. Here it is: Every day get alone, put your phone away, and talk to god for 2 minutes. It won’t be long till you can see yourself as a person that prays every day.
Will you take the 2 minute challenge? (start now…120 seconds. go)