Sometimes prayer becomes quite routine and we need something to shake us up and rejuvenate our prayer life. Here it is. Jesus taught us how to pray, and it’s amazing how quickly we (speaking for myself) forget.
“Father, hallowed be your name.” (Luke 11 v 2 ESV). He is a Father to us – not just some distant god. Talking to God should be like talking to your Dad. But in our prayers to Him, we must still remember to give Him the reverence and praise He deserves.
“Your kingdom come.” Keep the big picture in mind. The more we pray it, the more we will look forward to it, and the more ready we will be for the return of Jesus.
“Give us each day our daily bread.” (v 3). We all have needs, and we need to ask God about them. He cares and He will meet our needs. (Remember that needs are different to wants).
“And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” (v 4). To be righteous means to be forgiven. God wants us to be righteous, so let’s ask for forgiveness, while making sure we give the same to each other.
“And lead us not into temptation.” (v 4). It is so easy to fall into sin. We need all the help we can get to keep away from it. Ask and it will be given to you. It’s important.
So let’s refresh our attitude of prayer and prioritize praying for the things that are really important.