2015-08-24 - What Would Jesus' Disciple Say?
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25 KJV)
What motivates you to pray? Prayer isn’t like a popularity contest. The idea isn’t to impress people, but to develop a personal relationship with God. He wants to connect with us. Take time to find a place that is quiet and not distracting. God is not keeping a record of the number of words we use, so there is no need to be lofty. Just tell God what is on your mind, for He knows what your needs are, anyway.
During prayer, it is helpful to give glory to God’s name. By honoring Him, you are showing God that He has value in yourlife. When you ask for God’s will to be done, you demonstrate your belief in His mighty power. Your wants and desires become secondary.
Unforgiveness is a prayer blocker. Ask God to forgive any sins, as you forgive people who have hurt you. It is also wise to ask God to deliver you from temptation that is bound to find you. As you pray, just remember to trust that God is listening.
Lord, I honor Your holy name. Let Your kingdom come now, and may Your will be done on Earth, as Your will reigns in Heaven. Thanks for making sure I have enough to eat, and that other needs are met. Forgive my sins, as I forgive those who have sinned against me. Don’t let me be tempted to do wrong, and deliver me from listening to lies. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.