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My New Life In Christ - Prayer

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One of the most important parts of everyday life for Jesus was prayer.  He constantly kept in touch with the Father.  So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.  (Luke 5:16)

The same will be true for your life.  It is vital that you learn to pray effectively every day.  Prayer is talking with God, but it involves much more than just telling Him everything you need or want.  It involves listening to Him.  It involves worship of Him.  It involves seeking His direction in your life. It even involves your relationships with other people.


The disciples once asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).  In response, He gave them what has come to be known as "The Lord's Prayer."  We can use it as a guide to help us understand what needs to happen when we pray.


In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come. Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.  (Matthew 6:9-13)


By going through this prayer we can see the elements that effective prayer should have.  First of all, Jesus talked about the attitude of prayer. 


And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.  For they think that they will be heard for their many words.  (Matthew 6:7)


Just reciting the Lord's Prayer, or any prayer for that matter, is not what makes effective prayer.  It must be done with understanding and purpose.


Our Father

The first phrase is "Our Father."  You should understand that your communication with God is based on the fact that He is now your Father.  He doesn't listen to your prayer because you have been good or because you pester Him until He answers you just to get you to go away.  He answers you because He is your Father and He wants to.  Know that your relationship is an accomplished fact and it cannot change, no matter what the circumstances.


This also means that God wants to give you good things.  He does not give you trials to make you stronger.  He does not make you sick in order to teach you a lesson.  He does not make you suffer to make you humble.  He is your Father and He wants what is good for you.  He wants to make you happy.


If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone?

Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

(Luke 11:11)


God wants to give you the best, simply because He is your Father.


Hallowed Be Your Name

"Hallowed be Your name" indicates worship in your prayer.  The word "hallowed" means "holy."  A name, in biblical terms, symbolizes the essence of a person's character.  God’s name symbolizes His character and His personality.  By declaring God's name to be holy, we acknowledge His greatness, His love and His power. 


This is what worship is all about. When you worship God, the things you say about Him become a part of your life and you begin to experience them.  As you acknowledge God's love, for example, you increasingly experience His love.  Worship should be a regular part of your prayer life.


Your Kingdom Come

The most important part of prayer is indicated by the next couple of lines: "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." "Kingdom of God" is a phrase that was used in biblical times to refer to the rule of God.  Where He was in charge, then His kingdom was there.


By praying "Your kingdom come," you are really saying, "God, may Your rulership come.  May You be king here."  You are actually praying for God's will to be done here, in your life, just as it is done in heaven.  What this means for your prayer life is that effective prayer involves praying God's will rather than your own. Prayer is best when you figure out what God wants first and then pray for it.


How do you know what God wants?  That's what Bible study does for you.  It teaches you God's promises and His principles so that you will know what to pray for.  Bible study and prayer really go hand in hand.


Daily Bread

The term "daily bread" refers to the needs of everyday life.  There are some things that you can be sure God wants you to have without specifically asking Him.  He always wants you to have food for your family and money to pay your bills.  Those daily needs are things that you can simply ask God for.  What is important to realize is that, from God's perspective, daily bread is much more than just the bare minimum that you need to survive.  Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.  (2 Corinthians 9:10-11)


When God speaks of providing our daily bread, He is intending that we experience abundant provision for our needs. 


Forgive Us Our Debts

The next line emphasizes the fact that you must forgive others if you want your prayer to be effective.  God is all about love and there is no room in a Christian life for holding a grudge or carrying on a feud.  You must learn to forgive.


When Jesus said, "Do not lead us into temptation," it does not imply that He would.  It means that a part of your daily prayer life should involve asking God to give you specific direction so that you make wise choices and good decisions.  When you ask Him for guidance, He will make you aware of the snares of the enemy, and He will give you discernment so that you can see problems before you get into them.


This is a basic outline of prayer.  All of these elements should be a part of your prayer on a regular basis.  They all come down to spending enough time with God to get to know Him.  He should become your best friend.  You can talk to Him anytime about anything.  You can ask Him to meet any need that you have.  Reading your Bible will allow Him to speak to you.  Above all, however, you need to learn to pray consistently.  Pray every day and your relationship with God will grow accordingly.

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