Prayer changes everything. A few days ago I spoke on how we have to be careful what we pray for and yesterday how I, as a parent, need to help raise children in the knowledge of God. Teaching and learning how to pray effectively is important and after I had written those ‘pause for thoughts’, I was prompted to ensure I was doing all I could and should. As I prayed asking for clarity I suddenly felt that I was making it all to complicated, getting hung up and stressed out that I was teaching my children correctly. I was reminded of a time about 3 years ago when we decided that we would pray in the car going to school. The children found it difficult and didn’t know where to start, so I suggested we start with the Lord’s Prayer. My children knew the prayer well and so began our prayer journey. The Lord’s Prayer is infallible, perfect, complete and the inspired word of God spoken back to our Creator. Any time we are unable to think of the right words, The Lord’s Prayer has everything that we need. In fact any scripture spoken as a prayer is good.
Jesus was asked “Lord how should we pray?” He gave us the Lord’s Prayer for us to speak in the first person. It is filled with all the essentials for us to think on, expand on, and embrace. It starts with praise and worship, submission to His will, not our own desire, our request for our needs, forgiveness of our sins, and a commitment to forgive as we have been forgiven, protection against temptation and deliverance from the subtleties of satan.
If we think on the prayer and expand each line to give more praise and worship, lay down one by one our desires, submit our requests, and plead for forgiveness. If we consider what others have done simply only to forgive them and set ourselves free, if we put on our Armor and prepare ourselves for the day, then we will change the atmosphere, course and outcome of our day. Not because I said so but because Jesus instructed it so!
The Model Prayer
11 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[b] 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 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.