Pattern for Prayer
You are so very blessed in that you serve a God who wants to hear from you, personally. He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to hear you tell him about your day, about your problems, about your friends and family and about your life. He wants to hear from you.
This is so amazing that the Creator of the Universe wants to hear from you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus who volunteered to die on the cross – to shed His blood for your sins, your personal sins and the personal sins of all who have ever lived, now live and who will live in future times. He did this before you were ever born. His blood washes away your sins today, if you accept His sacrifice and make Him Lord of your life.
A lot of people are put off praying because they mistakenly believe that they have to use religious-sounding words. Nothing is further from the truth. How do you talk to God? Well, how do you talk to your friends? Just talk to Him like you are talking to one of your friends. You don’t have to use fancy religious-sounding words to talk to Him. He wants to hear what is in your heart and isn’t particularly interested in the words you use or even the position of your body. You can pray flat on your face, kneeling, sitting, standing, etc. Most people choose kneeling as it shows respect and the attitude of a servant, but many people cannot physically kneel or are in a place where they can’t kneel. Pray where you are, using everyday words. Silently or out loud, just pray!
Jesus gave us an idea of how to pray and how not to pray when He gave us the pattern for prayer – The Lord’s Prayer.
Matt 6:5-6 5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."
We are to do much of our prayer in private. Find a quiet place where you and God can be alone, where you can pour out your heart to Him about everything in your life, where you can pray for yourself, your family, your friends, and others in the world privately.
This is not the only time you pray, for you are commanded to pray all the time. I Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing” “Never stop praying”
You need to pray in all sorts of situations and circumstances. You can pray while standing in line, while you are riding or driving a car, before meals, when you have a decision to make, in church, in Sabbath class, everywhere, at any time.
Matthew 6:7 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.”
You are to pray in your natural language. Fancy-sounding religious words will not make your prayers more endearing to God. Make up the prayers from your heart using your own words, not as one that is repeated and repeated over and over.
Jesus gave us a pattern to use as an outline for prayer – The Lord’s Prayer. There is nothing wrong in using the exact words of this prayer as long as the words are coming from your heart. When you just memorize them and then repeat them, a lot of the time you will lose the meaning behind those words – you are just repeating them by rote. Your prayers to God must come from the heart.
Let us go through the pattern prayer and see if we can see the meaning behind the words.
Your relationship with God is the most important relationship you will ever have. To think that the Creator God wants to have a relationship with you is mind-boggling.
Psalm 8:3-5 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor."
Don’t neglect this form of communication that God has provided for you. Pray to Him every day and if it is helpful, use the pattern prayer He has also provided for you. Develop, grow and maintain this most important relationship.
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