Daily prayer will open doors to your spiritual life!
Jesus was wholly man and God manifest in the flesh:
1 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
As man, he prayed (talked) to the one true God and Creator of all. Throughout the Gospels (Matthew-John) there are accounts of his prayer life. As a man, he too had needs and therefore had to reach out to the one true God; but always stating that God’s will be done, for ultimately, God’s perfect will should be our priority, versus his permissible one, which would be ours.
Then one day, one of his disciples asked:
Luke 11:1-4 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Did you notice that in verse 1, the disciple said, “teach us how to pray” and not give us a prayer to recite?
In the following version, Jesus says, “After this manner therefore pray ye”. He did not say to repeat what he said. So what does that mean?
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) has a slightly different version.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Open your prayer in worship. Magnify God with your words. Give him thanks for all that he has done for you!
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Proclaim his majesty and ask for His will to be done!
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Here, you may petition God for your needs, recognizing that you want to stay within His will!
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Lay your sins before Him and ask for His mercy. Truly repent of all the wrong that you’ve committed and forgive those that have done you wrong, even if they have not asked for your forgiveness. Let your past go, and become a new creation!
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Ask God to keep you from evil’s wiles. Let Him know that you don’t want to fall into the enemy’s entrapment. Tell Him that your desire is to wholly live for Him. To do His will. That you want to stay focused on Him and Him alone.
The latter part of verse 13 reads:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Conclude your prayer with praise!
The aforementioned prayer is now known as the Lord’s Prayer.
1 Timothy 2:1 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
As indicated above, there are various kinds of prayers depending on your needs or those of your loved ones.
The following definitions were taken from Dictionary.com
Supplications: An act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.
Intercessions: A prayer to God on behalf of another.
Thanksgiving: The act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, especially to God.
1 John 1:9 (KJV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Confession: Acknowledgment or disclosure of sin or sinfulness, especially to to obtain absolution.
Repentance: Deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, or the like.
Forgiveness: Act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
Psalm 63:1 (KJV)
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Proverbs 8:17 (KJV)
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Let God be your number one—the foundation of your life . . . daily! Seeking him early means both first thing, after you awake and also keeping Him first and foremost, in your daily walk. Let your thoughts be with Him. You should start your day focused on Him, and all things will naturally fall into place.
Prayer is simply talking with God. If you have never really had a prayer life, then perhaps the Lord’s Prayer may be difficult for you to follow, so simply talk to Him, as you would anyone else.
Find a beautiful song on YouTube that will open your ways of communication with God. The following songs, truly have helped me over the years—when life has/is a little overwhelming, and I simply need to cry out to Him. Afterward, I feel so much lighter . . . because I laid my cares at Jesus’ feet. He always puts a smile on my face, even when my circumstances haven’t changed. Why? Because when He touches my soul, nothing else really matters. I feel more alive, despite lives’ trials! Glory be to God!
Simply hover over the songs, for the link:
I truly pray that this short Bible study will help you come closer to our Creator! Jesus loves you more than you can ever possibly fathom, so just remember that He died on the cross for your sin and for mine! He truly wants to have a relationship with you. Talk to Him. He’s ALWAYS listening!