Prayer. What a powerful word. It is the most powerful command from God in the bible. It is so powerful that satan works overtime to keep us too busy to pray. He knows if he can keep us away from this powerful time with God & from the knowledge or ability of prayer, he can keep the greatness God has in store away from us.
The purpose of prayer is to glorify God’s name and to ask for help to accomplish His will on earth. By seeking Gods will for our lives, we are uncovering beyond what our wildest dreams could conceive.
In Matthew 6:7 Jesus is teaching about Prayer. “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” The word “babbling” in Greek means long-winded empty words. I’ll be honest when I started on my journey to draw closer to God, I remember reading so many do’s and don’t about prayer making me feel so confused. I found myself desperate to know,”how do I pray with POWER?”
Jesus goes on to say, in verse 8 & 9″Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask. This then is HOW YOU SHOULD PRAY:”
Well thank you Jesus! Straight out of His mouth, He is giving us the framework to pray effectively. Most of us know this prayer by heart but do we really KNOW this prayer & the POWER it contains? I sure didn’t. It is important to know that Jesus did not give us this prayer to be memorized and recited a number of times. In fact, He gave us this prayer to keep us from using “vain repetitions”. Jesus did not say, “pray in these words.” He said,”pray after this manner”; that is, “use this prayer as a PATTERN not as a substitute.”
I am going to break this apart piece by piece. It is my hearts desire to help equip you to extract every ounce of Jesus’ instruction on HOW TO 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 NIV)