This is the first of a series entitled Prayer, Fasting and Acceptance. It will go into what prayer and fasting are and why we, as Christians, should do them. It will dig into the types of prayer and ways of fasting. Finally, it will show us how to begin to accept God’s vision for us. Enjoy the series.
What is prayer? Simply put, prayer is communication with God. It is our way of getting closer to Him. The more we pray, the closer we become with God. Our relationship moves from God the all-powerful and almighty being to God the Father. So, how do we pray? Let’s go to the first prayer Jesus teaches his disciples: The Lord’s Prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV): After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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.
We’re all familiar with this prayer. What is not so familiar is that it’s not the prayer itself but the example it sets on how to pray. It’s the basic backbone of what elements should be in your prayers. Let’s dig a little deeper into what this means.
Our Father which art in Heaven: Address God by name. He is your Father and protector. You should address Him as such.
Hallowed be thy name: Worship and Praise the Lord. Let God know that you love and appreciate Him.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Recognize that whatever you are praying for will be done in accordance to His will and plan for your life and the lives of the person, people or things that you are praying for.
Give us this day our daily bread: Request that God feeds your spirit every day.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors: Ask for forgiveness of your sins by commission and omission as well as the strength to extend forgiveness to others.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Request that God guides and protects you throughout the day. Request that He give you the strength to resist the pitfalls of sin.
Finally, thank God for hearing your prayer.
Always remember, when you pray, your heart must be earnest in seeking the Lord. You shouldn’t be just saying words but reaching for the Lord with your heart. ~ Selah