How We Should Pray
People do not just suddenly know how to pray when they become Christians. To correctly understand how to pray as God had designed it to be, it is imperative that Christians look to the Bible to receive that knowledge.
These are the guidelines for prayer that we believe has been delineated in the Bible (Matthew 6):
1. Acknowledgement of God: “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come, your Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
Recognize God as our God and our Father.
Pray that God reveal to you Truth so that his name may be hallowed.
Pray for an understanding of God’s Will
Pray for God’s Will to be done here on Earth
Pray that you may conform to His Will
Thoughts to consider:
Could it be God’s Will that you be sick?
Could it be God’s Will that you be poor?
Could it be God’ Will that you be single?
Could it be God’s Will that you continually minister to only one individual your entire life?
2. Our Request: “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
a. Pray for our present physical needs so that, when fulfilled, God’s name will be glorified.
Food, Clothing, roof over head, car, computer, phone, etc…?
b. Pray for forgiveness from our past sins and so that God may be glorified for what he has done for us.
Anger? Pride? Lust?
Good works done with the wrong heart?
For those in relationships, deriving confidence and joy in someone over God?
Being controlled by the effects of alcohol as opposed to the Holy Spirit?
c. Pray that God protect us from future evil temptations so that may live righteously and glorify his name.