Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 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.
I was thumbing through one of my inherited books from my dad, entitled, “TRANSFORMING YOUR PRAYER LIFE”. In this book written by Dr. Bob Beltz, he states, and I quote: “In April 1989, I attended a conference on prayer…. At that conference, the results of recent research concerning prayer within the evangelical church were shared. The findings of this research indicate that “the average ‘born-again,’ Bible-believing, evangelical Christian pastor spends less than eight minutes a day in prayer.” Dr. Beltz went on to say, “Many Christians are convinced that prayer is one of the most important dynamics of spiritual life….They are convinced. They are motivated. They are committed. But they don’t know how and what to pray.”
After hearing this, Dr. Beltz was motivated to learn to pray more effectively, and thus began to study the above passage in Matthew, where the disciples asked Jesus to “teach” them to pray.
Here are the seven components of prayer:
- Enter into His presence- call Him “Father”
- Seek His face- “Hallowed be Your name.”
- Appropriating Divine intervention “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”
- Praying for provision-“Give us this day our daily bread”
- Experiencing forgiveness- “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”
- Spiritual protection-“Lead us not into temptation…deliver us from evil”
- Final issues- “Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, Forever
Read the following Scriptures for more insight:
Matthew 6:5-15, Luke 11:1-13, and Romans 8:26-27
In this busy world we find ourselves in, it’s difficult to find time to pray and really seek God’s face, but we must prioritize, and make time to go before His Throne!
Today, let’s make a real effort to, enter into His presence…seek His face… ask for Divine intervention in our daily tasks… believe His promise for provision… ask for forgiveness and forgive others… pray for protection…that our steps would be ordered by the Lord Himself… and most of all- pray these things in Jesus Name…for the good of His Kingdom!