Howdy! Got your Bible*? Yay! Open it to Matthew 6:5-13 and let’s talk about prayer. You might want to get a pencil too so you can underline the scriptures we discuss.
Prayer is just conversation between us and God – it can happen anywhere, anytime and the more you do it the more comfortable you get with it and Him.
The purpose, like talking to a friend, is to build the relationship between you and God. When we understand who He is and who we are to Him, great things happen!
It’s kind of like when you first meet that cute guy (or girl) and you’re sort of tongue-tied, but then after a while it just flows out and you’re comfortable with one another.
Now, there’s a couple of things you don’t want to do.
1.Don’t be like those people who are yakking on their cell phones so everybody knows their business. Jesus called them hypocrites (look at verse 5) because their loud prayers called attention to themselves. It’s like when your mom taught you not to talk with your mouth full – nobody wants to hear or see that mess in your mouth!
2. Don’t keep saying or asking the same thing over and over (see verse 7). Those are vain repetitions or useless words. Just tell God what’s going on and ask Him for some help. He already knows what you’re going to ask because He knows what you need.
And don’t worry if prayer seems intimidating at first – even the disciples asked how to pray (see Luke 11:1).
Just like a toddler learns a few words at a time, we start off small and can work our way up to full-fledged conversation!
Here’s the Lord’s Prayer as an example:
Now, that wasn’t so hard was it? Just keep practicing.
Here’s your homework – –
– – find out what happens when you pray by reading* (here’s the Bible I use)
2 Chronicles 7:14 and Jeremiah 33:3.
Ready? 1 – 2 – 3… GO!
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