My post, Do Not Disturb
, not only generated some great comments from you, but reading through the post several times, gave me thoughts for continuing the discussion. One question I have had in the past is not how to pray
but why should I pray?
Just Googling 'books on Christian prayer', there were bout 37,000,000 results. There are many books, articles and blog posts you could read for the answer as to why we pray. I don't have all the answers, but I would like to share briefly why and how I pray.
What is prayer? I like the simple definition found at Dictionary.com
, which says prayer is entering into spiritual communion with God.
God Who called everything and everyone into being by just saying it, wants to be in communion with me. God Almighty wants little 'ole me to talk to Him. I want to know the God of the Bible who loves me so much He made a way for me to be in relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ, and this is possible by prayer. The goal of prayer is not only to ask, but to worship and adore He Who gives me my every breath and a new day.
Devote yourselves to prayer...Colossians 4:2
- Scripture encourages us to be constant in prayer.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12
We have also been given a model to pray, often called the Lord's Prayer, but more of an example to follow.
Our Father who art in Heaven-
-is He your Father? Is God your Friend through a saving relationship with Jesus?
Hallowed by Your Name
--I acknowledge God is the Only One Who is Holy and there is no other Name upon which we can call to be saved.
Your Kingdom come
--do I want God's Kingdom to come? Or do I want Jody's kingdom to come everyday? Do I want to be a part of God's Kingdom?
Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven
-Will I bend my will to God's will or will I continue to insist on my own way, my own rights?
Give me this day my daily bread
--In praying this I surrender to the fact I will not worry about tomorrow, and trusting God will provide for everything I need for today.
Forgive my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me.
Not only am I sinned against, I'm a sinner too. Will I extend the same forgiveness God has given me to someone who has hurt me?
Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one.
I need to know what my weaknesses are, recognize what I am tempted by and where the temptation comes from and flee, run from evil, don't keep it company.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever.