Sharing some of my bible study of The Sermon on The Mount which is Jesus speaking to his disciples, the crowd, and now us. Regarding prayer, we so often focus on our perceived needs and requests in our prayers. Yes, we give thanks for all God’s blessings and we pray for God’s protection for our health and safety.
How often do we start with Praise. Focusing on God’s attributes and who we know He is? Our creator, sustainer, sovereign, faithful, merciful, loving, savior, holy, accessible, righteous, forgiving, perfect, living God? (to name a few)
How often do we speak our allegiance to God and His will? How often do we examine ourselves for our inner heart sins that no one sees? Our selfishness. Our thoughts and imaginations?
Next time you spend time in prayer, see if you can speak to God specifically in each of these areas that Jesus exemplified when he told us how we should pray. Here is the example that Jesus gave us:
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should 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 6:7-13 NIV