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. Matthew 6:9-13
God cares about everything that concerns you, so feel free to talk to Him about anything.
Do you find yourself speaking directly to God? Do you find yourself speaking with God about the things that matter most to you? That’s prayer, be sure that you mean what you say: let it not be redundant and empty words. We can say anything to God because He cares and does listen! The disciples saw that Jesus was a mighty man of miracles and wonders, and so they were curious to know how Jesus prayed. They must have thought to themselves, I pray… but I’m not walking in that dimension- so let me ask the rabbi. Jesus told them to pay in this way:
- Acknowledgement: recognize God as father and as holy
- Face your reality: recognize the reality you are living and find out God’s will for that situation
- Deal with your human basic needs: ask for food and provision on a daily basis
- Deal with your soul issues: pray for your heart- forgive others and ask God to forgive you for offending Him
- Deal with your desires: pray against temptation by counter attacking with word of God (**James 1:13-14: God does not tempt us! We are tempted by the things we want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you.**)
- Be a step ahead of Satan: ask God for liberation (healing and deliverance of demonic oppression), for angelic assistance, for discernment, wisdom and the might of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer has always been about relationship. We usually hear people say, prayer is just talking to God: this is true, but not in it’s entirety. We have plenty of conversations with people, and they lack substance: I call these conversations- dry, dead small talk. It is possible to have a dead spiritual life, despite of spending hours, and tears in prayer. You see a conversation is a two way street. Prayer is not about telling God things He does not already know, it is about offering our hearts to God. It is inviting God to come into our hearts, shine His light into our darkness. Welcoming God into the dead, dry and ugly places of our being, and be humble enough to be grateful to be corrected, rebuked, cleansed and restored by God. He knows that we go through trivial, and difficult times, so it’s okay to also cry out and ask God ‘why me?’. Just don’t expect to receive an answer to make you feel better. We don’t need to yell, or be proper, it is not meant to be in a certain position, or at a certain time. And to be honest, it can be a challenge to maintain a regular prayer habit, but it’s necessary to build a discipline.
I tell you today, as Jesus told the disciples in another occasion: ALWAYS PRAY, KEEP PRAYING AND DON’T LOSE HEART (Luke 18)!
Eternal Father, rock of ages today I come before to ask you to give us the strength to keep moving forward. Empower us with the power of your might, renew our hearts and a right spirit within us. We give you glory for standing in the gap for each of us. In Jesus name, Amen.