Devotion: Matthew 6:9-13
Have you ever felt unable to pray fervent, effectual prayers that avail much? Although authors have penned thousands of prayers; there is no presribed prayer formula. Differnt kinds of prayer prevail, as well as different postures for prayer. We all began our life with Christ praying a sinner’s prayer, humbly admitting our sins before Him. Immediate praise and thanksgiving, gratefully pours forth from our lips. We all rejoice that our names have been written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Those closest to Christ asked Him to teach them how to pray. The Lord’s prayer is the perfect prayer model, although it can be easy to recite versus being heartfelt. It identifies the Person; you are addressing; as well as where He is located and His character. “Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name.” The Bible tell us, “He inhabits the praises of His people.” Acknowledging who He is, builds you up in your most Holy faith.
As you pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven;” your soul releases the fear that’s been reeking havoc in your heart and sweet peace begins to flood your storm tossed spirit.
The majority of American Christians do not have to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” We thank Him for our food but we forget He’s the One who provided the job to be able to buy the daily bread. There should be an element of trust for every single provision. It brings honor and blessing to our God.
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors…” is a very serious prayer. We are asking God to forgive us as we have forgiven others. We must ask Him to search our own hearts and see if there is any unforgiveness dwelling there.
Satan is always roaming about the earth seeking whom he may devour. The statement, “Lead us not into tempation but deliver us from evil…” is a prayer for protection from temptation. As long as we live in this world, we are going to be tempted in all ways, as was our Savior. It’s not a sin to be tempted. It’s the yielding that is sin.
This prayer closes with acknowleding again, who God is and what He owns. “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever.”
Again, there is no prescibed prayer but this is a wonderful pattern for those who are serious about honoring God in their supplications and intercessions.