Sometimes when we think of prayer, we might feel overwhelmed and not know where to start.
Or maybe we find ourselves saying the same thing over and over.
Praise Jesus, that not only did He die for our sins, parting the veil in two so that we could have access, through faith, to speak directly to God, He also left us a guide that teaches us how we are to pray (Matthew 6:9-13).
So here is the second 3-min devo by my mother-in-law that looks at Jesus’ response to His disciples when they asked Him to teach them to pray.
Devotional by Ada Santos
“In this manner, therefore, pray: ‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. 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 forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’”
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)
Prayer is personal. If you are a daughter of God, you can talk with your Heavenly Father the same way you speak with your earthly father.
…Who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name…
Is a declaration of praise that recognizes that God is holy and He should be revered. His name should never be taken in vain!
…Your kingdom come. Your Will be done in earth as it is in Heaven…
Nothing occurs or will ever occur in your life by accident, luck, coincidence or chance. By saying “Your will be done”, you are affirming your trust in a sovereign God Who carries out His perfect plan in your life. God wants that we pray for His will to govern and reign in our world and that all that He has arranged in Heaven will be done on earth.
…Give us this day our daily bread…
You acknowledge that God is Who provides for your life and sustains you. God supplies all your needs, and you depend on His goodness even for each slice of daily bread you savor.
…forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors…
You are declaring that only God can give you the courage and the strength to recognize your errors and ask Him for forgiveness and that only He can fill your heart with His divine grace to be able to forgive those who have wounded you.
…and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one …
We have an enemy of our souls, who would like to defeat us. We all go through times of temptation in which we need divine help, but Jesus already paid a great price and that’s why Romans 8:37 says, “And in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
…because Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
This declaration reminds us that: Everything is from God and that all that He does is forever. There never has been and there never will be, anything greater than God in all the universe!
This passage could be summed up in this prayer:
I recognize You and respect You as my Father. I worship your holy Name. I ask that You reign in my life and that you govern this world. I depend on your provision, your forgiveness and your protection from the enemy. Help me to recognize my errors, ask Your forgiveness and forgive those who offend me. I worship You for all that You are and all You do. I pray in the Name of Jesus, Amen.
If there has never been a moment when you have made God your Father by repenting of your sins, believing in your heart that He raised Jesus from the dead and confessing Him as Lord, I encourage you to do it today.
John 1:12 assures us that “..as many as received Him [Jesus], He gave them the right to be called children of God.”
And when we are a daughter of God, we can confidently approach Him and pray, “My Father…”
[To find a list of more devotionals on prayer check out Becoming a Woman of Prayer–Learning to Be Still on Purpose. And for tips to help you to get into the habit of Bible Reading + Prayer click here.]
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And as always,
Be Kind. Be Encouraging. Be a Multiplier!