Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 22, 2012

Prayer

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:39 am

 

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (New International Version)
 
Just as a baby needs to be taught to talk a new Christian believer needs to be taught to pray.  So many people have grown up hearing very formal prayers with King James like language.  Prayer is normal conversation with our Father God.  We use the same vocabulary we use every day.  We recite the prayer example Jesus gave many times.  We are so accustomed to saying it we can repeat it without thinking about it.  Jesus was nit giving us the exact words to say but what we should include in our prayers.  We start with the address: Our Father.  There is no one else we are to pray, only to our Father, God.  We know this because Jesuse placed “Our Father” in heaven.  Next come acknowledgement and praise as to Who our Father God is.  We are to pray for His will – the coming of His kingdom which means His will is to be done on earth because it is done in heaven.  Next ( not the first thing in our prayer) we are to ask for our needs.  He already knows our needs but He wants us to be aware of them and know the difference between needs and wants.  We are to confess our sins to be forgiven.  God already knows our sins but often we don’t realize them ourselves.  We acknowledge we only receive
As much forgiveness as we accord to others.  We ask for His power to resist temptation and end with thanksgiving and praise.    
Our question is how are we praying?
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