How Should I Pray? Part One
Do you pray? Have you ever prayed? Do you know how to pray?
What about prayer? Who should we pray to, what should we pray, where should we pray, when should we pray and why should we pray? Oh yeah, and how should we pray?
For the next few weeks we will take a good look at what God has instructed us in the Bible on prayer.
The disciples saw Jesus pray often. Throughout the gospels we read that Jesus stepped away from the crowds, to be alone and pray. At one point, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Let’s take a look at what His response was in the gospel of Matthew in chapter six. Often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer it can be prayed as a prayer or used as a pattern of prayer.
Pray then like this:
In other words, here’s how to pray.
“Our Father in heaven,
Our. He’s not Your Father or My Father alone.
Father. The one we all date back to, the creator of all.
In Heaven. There is an actual place that God resides.
hallowed be your name.
Meaning revered and honored, even His very name.
Your kingdom come,
God definitely has a kingdom and we long for it
your will be done,
God rules in His kingdom and what He directs, happens.
on earth as it is in heaven.
We desire to be included in His kingdom and under His direction.
Give us this day our daily bread,
We trust in God to give us what we need for existence each day.
and forgive us our debts,
We realize we have a list of sins which need to be forgiven.
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Forgive us in the same way we forgive others
And lead us not into temptation,
Keep us from being tempted
but deliver us from evil.
And save us from things which are evil.
Take this next week to read through this and prayer this prayer from your heart. Use it as a way to reach out to God. Ask Him to give you new insight into this prayer as a pattern of prayer and then pray using your own words.
Next week we’ll take a deeper look.