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:
- Our Father who is in heaven; hallowed be your name – recognize who God is: love on Him and remember He is holy (see Psalm 99:5)
- Your kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – remember, He is our Lord so we want to live His way; that means following His commandments (see Psalm 103:19)
- Give us this day our daily bread – Jesus is our bread (see John 6:35) and He is the Word (see John 1:1) so we need to get some every day. It is our spiritual food. Now, if you need something ask Him. (see Philippians 4:6)
- And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors – we all sin, yes, ALL of us, every day so every day we need to ask forgiveness for our sins and forgive those who hurt us. Sometimes we have to forgive others a bunch, day after day, so keep doing it. (Look at Matthew 18:21-22)
- And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one – life brings trials which could lead us to sin, so we’re just asking for God to protect us and help us keep the right heart and mindset. (See 1 Corinthians 10:13)
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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