One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'” – Luk 11:1-4
Can you remember those sleepovers at your friends house? You used to hire one of those suitcase video machines and watch movies all night long. Afterwards you would have chatted into the early morning times while you had your midnight feast. Or going camping lying in your tents and talk about the glory days.
Prayer in a sense is just a conversation with God. But having a conversation with your friends is miles different that have a conversation with God. You did not get to be in your profession with some internship or training. Same with prayer; it is best to learn it from those who have practised and learned it for a long time.
I think the attitude here is one of humility and learning to be the best for God. That is an attitude yiu need to have for your rest of your life or you will never grow and leave God. It is pride that got the devil kicked out of heaven. Do you have the humility to ask for help?
You must learn to pray — disciples saw the strength Jesus received from the Father.
Daily personal relationship with God (v. 3); daily prayer. Image not talking to your wife or girlfriend not for a day. They will be worried. My daughter did not want to pray yesterday. So I asked her how must Jesus must feel when she does not want to talk to Him (she calls Him her Father), very cute. Afterr a while she prayed. I think our prayer should be that personal!
What I do most of the time is to write my prayers in a journal. It make it so much more personal and then you can go back and see how God answered your prayers. Remember the reason we have Psalms is that David and the sons of Korah wrote down their prayers.
There is a guy who lived in the middle ages, they call him brother Lorance. What he used to do is pray one sentence prayers throughout the day. So that keeps it simple and you are in a sense walking with God throughout the day.
There is a bit of a of a format here in Jesus’ prayer. They call it ACTS, like the book of the Bible.
A – Adoration: To praise God. Think of all His attributed or nature that He created.
C – Confession: Know where you are missing the mark? Confess that and ask God for help.
T – Thanksgiving – This one should not be difficult. Praise God for all your blessings.
S – Suplication – Asking God for stuff. We are really good at this one.
When you follow the template it will give you some structure and ideas. You can even write your ideas at the back of your journal and pray accordingly or use as a reference.
Prayer for Today:
Dad help me to have a great prayer life / relationship with you. Help to be consistent every day.