“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” – Matthew 6:6
The third tool of intimacy and growth in relationship with God is prayer. It’s the third tool to be used to stay close and in striving to grow closer to God through your salvation in Christ. Prayer can do anything that God can do. Prayer connects you to God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Some people don’t realize that you can pray about [any need] in your life. God is a loving Father. You can pray about a financial need, a physical need, relational need, a spiritual need, emotional need. He will take any need.
Prayer is this: to make a request’ as from one who is inferior to one who is superior, for specific needs. Always directed toward God, whether stated or implied. Strongs #4336
I can’t stress the importance of prayer enough. Prayer is key to everything. Self-evaluation and meditation must happen in an attitude of prayer.
How to pray? Don’t worry about that. Just pray. The Holy Spirit will translate the thoughts of your heart into good and acceptable prayer. That’s the power. Just pray. But still, Jesus taught us how to pray.
Read Matthew 6:7-15
My challenge for everyone is to read, study, and meditate prayerfully on This passage. It is a teaching from Jesus himself on prayer. Please note in verse 9 that Jesus did not say “this is [what] you should pray”, He said this is [how]you should pray.
“After this manner therefore pray ye”:
Underline, circle, and highlight that sentence in your bible. It’s a model. It is not a ritual to be prayed. Notice a couple of verses right before this prayer, Jesus says don’t repeat a ritual prayer, don’t make vain repetitions. This was not a prayer to be used as a ritual, it is a model. This is not what you should pray, this is how you should pray.
Do you want to keep and even grow your relationship with God? Pray… Prayer is communication… Communication is necessary in any relationship.
Meditate on this passage. Spend time with Your God meditating on these scriptures according to the last devotional, and then continue to spend time with Him in prayer.
We will be talking about each aspect of “The Lord’s prayer” in the coming days.