Some religions have written prayers available to recite for specific occasions, while others sincerely pray from their hearts allowing the holy spirit to lead. Some people pray short prayers throughout the day, while others scream prayers in times of desperation and frustration. We all communicate with God differently, but is there a right way to pray? Matthew 6:7 tells us that Jesus did not want us to babble prayers, thinking our prayer will be heard because of many words. It’s ok to be specific in prayer, but our Father in heaven already knows what we need before we ask, he just wants us to draw near and communicate with him. Jesus Gave Specific Instruction On How We Should Pray: Matthew 6:7-14
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Start prayer with praising God, then pray for God’s will to be done in your life. Some things just won’t happen until you pray. There are blessings in heaven waiting to be released, but you have to take the time to pray. Make your petitions to God so these things can manifest in your life. (Philippians 4:6)
Give us today day our daily bread. Pray for your daily needs whatever that may be. God is our provider and will give you the wisdom, strength, and guidance needed for each day. The bible says, “He loads us with daily benefits” Psalms 68:19. Prayer gives you a strategy from God to accomplish things daily responsibilities.
Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. Many blessing are held up because we are unwilling to forgive. Matthew 6:14-15 says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your father who is in heaven will forgive you, but if don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your father forgives your trespasses.” Forgiveness unclog the flow of blessings; remember to forgive yourself and anyone that hurt you.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 1 Corinthians 10 :13 states, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind, and God is faithful he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but when you are tempted he will provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Prayer keeps you from falling into temptation, and covers you with God’s hand of protection.
Praying daily will help you develop a vibrant, powerful, and effective communication with God. Prayer is not only for your personal desires, but it’s a guide to live by God’s primary will for your personal and professional life. Also, take time to pray for the youth of today, the government, and your community.