If you still do not know why prayer is important, then you should reflect on this passage from the Bible, particularly in the book of James 1: 5, which says: “God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts , heals wounds, and grants wisdom.” Human beings are called to pray; God designed them for it. When you pray to God, you are speaking to Him in the most intimate way.
But then why do some people struggle with knowing how to pray? If God knows every little facet of your personality, then He already knows what it is you want to confess to Him in a prayer even before you start saying the first word. And while there are many ways you can tell God how you are doing and how you needed His help in your darkest moments, it is best when you keep it simple.
Jesus has taught his disciples how to pray better (Matthew 6: 9-13), and it’s called “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 today 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 the evil one.”
It’s a short prayer. It’s simple, personal, and basic. It’s without a doubt the best prayer, a blueprint in which people can model their prayers to God. The following are 6 important notes you can deeply reflect on the Lord’s Prayer:
- “Our Father.” You have to put all your attention on God. Focus on Him. Think of Him as your father and yourself as His son. Praise Him for all He has done to take care of you.
- “Hallowed be Your name.” While the world is experiencing an increase in spiritual darkness, death, and sin, however, you must never fail to acknowledge the holiness of God. Acknowledging His holiness is one way you can profoundly deepen your love and appreciation for what Jesus has done for you, me, and everyone else. It also motivates you to seek holiness in your own life. The holiness of God can also be a source of something that brings awe and wonder as you come to worship Him. And the more your heart is captured by the holiness of God, as you kneel and offer your sincere prayer to God, the more acceptable your approach to Him will be.
- “Your kingdom come.” The kingdom of God, when Christ returns and rules the earth, is what every true believer must strive for. Therefore, you must express your hope in the promise of the return and reign of Christ. And while the world appears to be moving away from the truth and light of Christ, you have great faith that the tyranny of evil will one day come to an end.
- “Give us today our daily bread.” Obviously, Jesus was not telling his disciples to pray only for bread, but this bread should be something that can provide what you need for the day, both physically and spiritually. The most important thing is that it must also be symbolic in nature, and it is to ask for a bread that does not run out: the body of Christ.
- “Forgive us our debts.” Jesus didn’t mean that when you sin, you just go to God and pray, “God, forgive me my sin.” Instead, like what he has instructed his disciples while he was still in this world, that when you ask for forgiveness, you must acknowledge the fact that you ask God to forgive you just as you must forgive those who have wronged you.
- “Deliver us from the evil one.” Knowing firsthand the temptation of the devil, Jesus strongly encourages his followers to call for deliverance from Satan and his manipulative plans. It is also to remind you that you cannot resist the devil with your own strength, but you need to trust the Holy Spirit to resist temptation and overcome sin in your life.
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