Commitment Series # 3
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phillipians 4:6)
Prayer to the spiritual life is what breath is to the physical body. Without air you will suffocate and die physically. Without prayer, your spiritual life will cease to exist. Three times in Matthew 6, Jesus speaks of the discipline of prayer. In each of these He says, ‘when you pray.’ He does not say ‘if’ but ‘when,’ indicating to us that prayer is a discipline in which we are expected to participate daily.
We have what is known as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in Matthew 6: 9-14. While it is perfectly fine to memorize and repeat this prayer, Jesus really meant for it to be a pattern for prayer. If you follow the pattern, it helps you to know how to pray and what to pray for. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Begin your prayer with praise to God for who he is and what he has done. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Next, submit your will to God’s will and ask God to help you be what He wants you to be. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Now it’s time to pray for your personal needs and for other’s needs. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Asking for forgiveness and giving forgiveness is always right in prayer. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:” Pray for direction for your future life. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Just as you began your prayer with praise, it is always good to end it with praise.
Prayer is when you talk to God as you would a friend. God listens when His child prays and He answers your prayer.