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Prayer is key to our engaging with God. It is something that happens at many levels and is developed over a lifetime. At it’s simplest it is talking with God, at it’s most profound it is worked out in silence. Through it our heart, mind and soul are united with Christ.
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Start off with the words as they are. As you become more comfortable then you can develop it. Each phrase can be used as a prompt to develop your own prayer.
Matthew 6: 9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,*
12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don't let us yield to temptation,* but rescue us from the evil one.*
Prayer is our communication channel with God. While many people learn prayer through telling God their needs, a maturer place of prayer is to meet God in order to develop a relationship with Him.
When Jesus was asked by his disciples to teach them to pray he gave them what has become known as the Lord’s prayer. This prayer is not only a prayer in of itself, it is also a model for prayer where each phrase can be a launch pad for a whole session of prayer. The first half of the prayer is concerned with meeting God.
Luke 11:2-4 2 Jesus said, "This is how you should pray:*
"Father, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
Prayer is a language in which we meet with God. When a child learns to speak she starts with requests and is driven not by any intense desire to meet with her parents but a sense of need or desire. In the same way we learn to pray to God mostly out of need. It is only as we become mature that prayer is focused on our relationship with our Father The second half of the Lord’s prayer focuses on praying out of need.
Luke 11:3 Give us each day the food we need,*
4 and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don't let us yield to temptation.*"
In prayer, God’s children go to their heavenly Father. Our attitude in prayer shows who we really think we are and who God is. We can be doing all the right things and saying all the right words, but if our attitudes are out of place, then the Lord in His love might have a bit of an attitude towards us!
Luke 17:12-19 12 As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,13 crying out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
14 He looked at them and said, "Go show yourselves to the priests."* And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, "Praise God!"16 He fell to the ground at Jesus' feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, "Didn't I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?"19 And Jesus said to the man, "Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.*"
Why are some prayers are answered and others not? Why are the prayers of some answered immediately, while the prayers of others seem ignored? The Lord is king over all so how difficult a thing is for us to achieve has no bearing on whether God can do it. Keys to answered prayer is not about how possible it is for God to act, but whether we are engaging with God in His will.
John 15:7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
We live in a materialistic world that denies the existence of anything that cannot be observed physically. Jesus teaches of a spiritual realm and spent much time dealing with the unseen agents of that realm. We live in that same world and can be hindered in life if we are not equipped to deal with the enemy.
Ephesians 6:10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.12 For we* are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.