We are familiar with 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” Most Christians know we should pray more. Perhaps we could use some simple reminders from the instructions in the example prayer that the Lord gave His disciples.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
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.
Many points of application could be drawn. Let us consider the following:
- Prayer is talking to our Father. Prayer is communication between God and his children. Are you a child of God? If not, prayer cannot mean much to you. Fellowship with God begins with salvation by trusting Him to save us through the death and resurrection of Christ. Also, since prayer is a time to talk to our Father; prayer is not a time for thinking about what others are thinking about us. We do not need to be embarrassed when we pray. Nor do we need to try to impress others when we pray. We are just talking to God.
- Prayer is telling God why we love Him. Jesus said, “Hallowed be thy name.” Jesus praised God for being holy. We should be thankful for all that God is and all He has done. We should praise His character in our prayer. Notice that Jesus concluded His prayer by crediting an eternal kingdom, power, and glory to God.
- Prayer is telling God we are sorry. Jesus said, “Forgive us our debts.” We should confess our sins as soon as we realize that we have committed them.
- Prayer is asking to have what we need. Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread.” James 4:2-3 explains that we do not have because we do not ask; and what we do ask is a selfish request. We should ask for what we truly need today.
- Prayer is desiring God’s desires to be accomplished. Jesus said this in several ways.
- Thy kingdom come.
- Thy will be done in earth…
- Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
There is indeed much to pray about!