• Alice R Owens

How We Should Pray

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. Matthew 6:10-13

I was always hesitant to pray out loud because I thought my prayer had to be loud and long. I had to cover everybody, everything and every problem. What I call “performance praying” or “praying to be seen”. I had to be on!

Through the first part of my season, there were “just in time” and “why won’t you help me” prayers. In the second part of my season, as I re-anchored in the Word, I studied and meditated on this scripture and it changed my prayer life. Jesus himself was teaching me how to pray - honestly and genuinely.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” Matthew 6:7-8

Prayer is part of our relationship with the Father. Prayer is personal. A conversation between child and parent. Sitting at the feet of our Father, we can tell Him things we cannot tell anyone else. We can lay ourselves bare, with no fear of judgement.

Yes, God knew all about my problems. But when I prayed and told

Him of my problems – things shifted.

Prayer creates balance. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells us: Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. The day-to-day, wear and tear of life can be overwhelming – family, work, relationships, finances, health, etc. We can pour out our words to our Father who already knows our needs. Knowing that I can go to my Father at any time, day or night, with any issue – helps eliminate fear and anxiety. The words pour out and peace washes over me.

Prayer provides hope. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Psalm 46:1-3. In today’s world we are faced with poverty, sickness, financial woes, violence, racial disharmony, rumors of wars. But our Father is forever present. Lamentations 3:37 tells us - Who can command things to happen with the Lord’s permission? Nothing happens on this earth without God. He has all authority. He will keep evil away from our doorsteps.

Whether your prayers are long or short, loud or silent, passionate or serene - God is to be honored, respected. He already knows what we need, and He will provide it to us. Honor God. Remain faithful to Him. Give Him the glory.

Activate your prayer life. Pray as Christ instructed us to pray.

Declaration: Declare today, prayer is a spiritual discipline in my life.

Action: Study God’s Word. Meditate on Matthew 6:5-14-Jesus Teaches About Prayer.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. May Your Kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give me today the food I need, and forgive me my sins, as I have forgiven those who sin against me. And don’t let me yield to temptation, but rescue me from the evil one. In Jesus Name. Amen

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