Prayer is a common habit in the life of a christian, but sometimes we may not know HOW to pray or what to say. There is no wrong way to pray necessarily, but Christ sets the example in the Bible on how we should approach God and His throne. We are ultimately here on earth to worship and glorify the one true God. Here is what Jesus says in Matthew chapter 6, verses 9-13,
“Pray then like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. (Fearing God)
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.”
We must pray according to God’s will. He said “if you pray according to MY WILL… THEN you shall have whatever you ask… in my name…” We can have desires and ASK God, but we don’t demand Him, nor do we assume or come with entitlement. God delights in answering our prayers and showing us His power when it honors Him. The Bible also says, “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him…” (Hebrews 11:16)
The bottom line is God knows our needs before we ask and He doesn’t want us to worry. (Matthew 5) He wants us to trust Him with our daily needs and daily bread like a Father. He wants us to believe and expect good things from Him, in knowing His character and His ultimate goodness. God doesn’t have ill will towards you and doesn’t want to tease you, but He does allow trials and suffering to expand and stretch our faith. (Jeremiah 29:11) God wants us to be shaped into His image so we can effectively carry out His Kingdom advancement on the earth.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:16)
When we stop selfishly asking for what we want, by going to God like he is a magic genie and when our hearts are pure and genuinely we want His will, which is the BEST in mind for our lives because God created us and loves His children, then we will see the blessings flow and will witness answers to prayers. God is amazing and wants you to see His miracle working power in prayer. God can answer big prayers just as much as the small prayer requests.
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Prayer is similar to talking to your Father or loved one on earth. There is a difference in that, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, so we don’t want to approach the throne lightly, but we can openly communicate to God the Father through His son Jesus Christ because he died on the cross, he rose again and He tore the veil separating us because of sin, through the final lamb who was slain and through His resurrection power.
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:14)
God is an awesome God, an awe-some, wonderful God who has BIG things in store for you. Simply pray, alone with the door closed behind you or in your car driving, or silently at work or in class and watch God answer your prayers— whether big to you or small and simple. I encourage you to develop a close relationship with God the Father and through the messiah, the son of God, the King of Kings, the image of the creator. I pray you get closer to God in your communion with Him.
PI girls, do you have a prayer journal and do you have a prayer life? Comment below on how we can be praying for you! God bless you! Jesus loves you!