The Lord’s Prayer
Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Jesus gives us a road map to prayer with the Father. Jesus’ role as the Son of God is relevant here due to the fact that we are considered children of God. Prayer is not shouting at a God who is distant and unapproachable, but prayer is talking to a God who listens and listening to a God who talks. Here are 5 instructions we see in “The Lord’s Prayer” to remind yourself of as you spend time praying.
- Believe God wants to talk to me. (Our Father in heaven…)
- God wants to hear from you, and wants to speak truth into you – his child.
- Know that God doesn’t want to talk to me. He loves to talk to you.
- Surrender my will to His will. (Your kingdom come, Your will be done…)
- I am more concerned about Your ambition for my life than my own. God I want to build your kingdom rather than mine. God, everything I have comes from you, and is yours. Where you lead me I will follow.
- Begin to visualize what God wants. Try kneeling or bowing to help surrender your posture towards Him.
- Receive forgiveness and offer forgiveness. (Forgive our sins as we forgive…)
- Sometimes we can’t hear because we let shame and guilt clog our ears. We say the words forgiveness but don’t embrace the grace. Approach the throne of grace with boldness, and allow yourself to embrace His forgiveness.
- Offering forgiveness to others. Reflect on someone who you may be holding a grudge against, and consider how you might seek to forgive them.
- Experience the Word and Prayer. (Give us this day our daily bread…)
- Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and he nourishes our hearts and minds from hearing more of His character, and His desires for us.
- Reflect on the truth of the Gospel, and on a passage of scripture.
- Trust that He will speak, thought it may not be on your timing. (Lead me not into temptation but deliver me…)
- Trust that God hears his children.
- Trust that he knows best
- Believe that he will answer.
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