A Simple Way to Pray the Lord’s Prayer

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” Matthew 6:9-13

Jesus didn’t say, “This is what you should pray,” like it was a magic formula, that if you pray these exact words in this exact order God would give you whatever you wanted. Jesus said, “This is how you should pray.” He gave us the Lord’s Prayer as a way to remember the essence of praying to our Heavenly Father. Here’s an easy way to remember the key aspects of Lord’s Prayer:

P – Praise your Dad. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9
Before you ask for anything, start by praising God. This isn’t because God needs to be reminded how awesome He is. It’s because you need to be reminded about how awesome God is. How important is praising God? What difference does it make? To use a football analogy, it’s all about field position. Let’s say the other team kicks off the ball and your team is returning it. If the ball is downed at your 1-yard line, and you have to drive 99 yards to score a touchdown, that’s pretty tough. But what if you catch the ball and return it 80 yards? Now, before you ever run an offensive play, instead of being back up at your 1-yard line, you’re in their red zone, and scoring is a ton easier. Field position matters. Before you start asking for anything, when you spend time praising God, it’s improving your field position. So spend time doing it. And the reason I said Praise your Dad instead of Praise God is to remind you of the relational aspect. God is not some cold distant being. He is your loving Heavenly Father who wants to talk with you.

R – Recognize what’s important. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Again, still not asking for anything yet. What you’re doing here is reminding yourself that God’s kingdom and God’s will is the most important. Recognize that. “It’s not about me, God, it’s about you.” Recognize the mission of God over your preferences.

Read more: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/newwineskins/a-simple-way-to-pray-the-lords-prayer/

10 Things We Reveal About Ourselves Based On Our Prayers

In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. His point is to show the fallacy of trusting in one’s righteousness while looking down on others, but it’s striking to me that Jesus places the story in the context of prayer. We learn the heart condition of the two men by listening to their prayers—and we, likewise, reveal some things about ourselves by the way we pray. By the content of our prayers over the course of time, we reveal:

  1. The depth of our burden about non-believers. If we are deeply concerned about their spiritual condition, our prayer and heart’s desire will be for their salvation (Rom 10:1). In fact, we’ll usually pray for them by name.
  2. Whether we feel a need to remind God of our faithfulness. Even when we know better, we sometimes pray like the Pharisee did. We too often default into self-righteousness.
  3. The degree to which we’re genuinely broken over our sin. In this case, we too seldom pray like the tax collector did. Rarely do we beat our chest in agony and dare not look toward heaven because of our sin.
  4. Whether we recognize the greatness of God. When we do, we’ll spend significant time just praising Him for who He is.

The rest: http://chucklawless.com/2019/10/10-things-we-reveal-about-ourselves-based-on-our-prayers/

How to Pray According to God’s Word

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

When we do not know how to pray, the Lord Himself guides us by His Word. Today, R.C. Sproul recommends that we align our prayers with Scripture by incorporating the Bible into our prayer life.

The Importance of Persistence in Prayer


How to Pray in Spiritual Warfare

This article is part of the How to Pray series.

Armor Isn’t Enough

According to Paul in Ephesians 6, all of life is spiritual warfare. In that conflict, he reminds the Ephesians that—important though it is—the Christian armor is not enough. You and I also need to be in constant contact with God, and the means by which we stay in contact is by prayer (Eph. 6:18–20). Paul gives no fixed formula for prayer; rather, he tells us some things that are to characterize all our prayers: we are to pray “at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” and we are to do so “with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).

Pray in the Spirit

Prayer in the Spirit is simply the outflow of our relationship with God, a conversation that is rooted and grounded in his word. Paul identified the word of God as the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17), so prayer in the Spirit is prayer that flows from understanding his word. As we read the word, the Spirit moves us to pray. Praying in the Spirit is thus not some strange, mystical experience but rather praising, thanking, and asking God for things that are in line with the words of Scripture, which the Spirit himself inspired.


read more: https://www.crossway.org/articles/how-to-pray-in-spiritual-warfare/

Praying In The Spirit


Praying In The Spirit

Praying In The Spirit

By Bill Smith

At this present time in whole of the created order, there is a hauntingly bright symphony being performed. The creation is groaning and travailing in the pains of childbirth like the deep, resonating, sad tones of a cello. The groans of the cello are joined in the same melodic progression by the violins of Christians’ groaning. As Christians we find ourselves in harmony with the creation, giving it further voice because we share in the same pain, waiting with the rest of creation for the redemption of our bodies. But there is a third voice; a voice deeper and more fundamental in this symphony that is controlling it and moving it toward its conclusion. It is the double bass of the Spirit, groaning out wordless music to the Father. We and the rest of creation with us have joined with him so that we are taking up his groans and he is taking up our groans in this symphony of prayer.

This is praying in the Spirit.

What the writers of Scripture exhort in shorthand in other places, Paul describes in Romans 8. From here we begin to learn what prayer is. Prayer is not some impersonal spanning of a great distance between us and God through the medium of words. Prayer is participation in the eternal divine conversation. Father, Son/Word, and Spirit have been in this communion of conversation forever. In grace our Triune God has made us members of his family and, therefore, the conversation. We are family members who share the relationship of the Son with the Father because of the Spirit uniting us to the body of Christ. As Paul says to another church, “For through [Christ Jesus] we both [i.e., Jews and Gentiles] have access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Eph 2.18) Prayer is joining the loving conversation that the Holy Trinity is having. As Christians we are not outsiders who somehow hope to gain the ear of our distant God. We are not far off but rather have been brought near in Christ Jesus. We share the same relationship with the Father that Jesus himself shares. Being in the Son is the only reason we can call God, “Father.” But being in the Son means that we do, indeed, have that privilege with Jesus. And it is the Spirit of the Son that God the Father has given us who causes us to cry out, “Abba, Father.” (Gal 4.6)

By the Spirit we are fully incorporated into this family and the family conversation. The Spirit doesn’t merely create a bald status of being a child of God. Rather, he pours the love of God out in our hearts (Rom 5.5) so that we share the love of God. That is, we love what he loves, hate what he hates, want what he wants; we share his sorrows, his joys, his anger, his jealousy, his compassion, his mercy, and his grace. As we pray in the Spirit, these shared desires are given expression. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Our wills are becoming one with his will. Our hearts are in harmony with the Father, Son, and Spirit. That’s what it means to pray in the Spirit.

When we look around us and see that things are not right, that God’s will is not done on earth as it is in heaven, that the creation is in pain, our hearts groan. But we discover that these groans are not just our own, but they are also the groans of God himself being expressed by the Spirit in us and on our behalf to the Father. When we groan in this way, we are finding ourselves caught up in this symphony that is ultimately being conducted and played by our Triune God. When we find ourselves there, we have found the place of prayer.

Because these groans are not our own but participation with the Holy Trinity, we have the assurance that our groans are not pointless pain. Rather, we groan in hope. The God who groans with us is the same God who is working all things together for good (Rom 8.28). Yes, the creation is subjected to frustration, but it is subjected in hope (Rom 8.20). God has secured this hope through the death and resurrection of his Son and by the giving of his Spirit who is making a new creation. Our groaning prayers will not go unanswered. The haunting music that fills our souls with the rest of creation at present will modulate into the joyful music of dancing in the end.