I’ve been leading a small group through a study on prayer at my church. As we’ve discussed what Jesus teaches us about praying the Model Prayer and through his own prayer life, I have been fascinated to learn of the prayer practices that those in the group have been using. It’s reminded me of just how beautifully unique God created each of us human beings. Some in the group pray using daily prayer lists. Others write out their prayers in journals. Some pray on their drive to work. While still others regularly pray the words of Scripture.
For myself, I have made a regular routine of praying the Model Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) as an outline during my daily prayer time.
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For instance, as I pray, “Our Father in heaven…” I remind myself that God cares for me, my family, my church, and my needs like the best father. I praise Him for His wisdom and care. I also reflect on His sovereign perspective over the world because of His seat “in heaven.” When I arrive at “your will be done…” I pray for God’s plans and purposes to work out in my life and the world around me. Here, I regularly ask for God to involve Himself in specific ways depending on what I or others I am praying for happen to be facing that day. Yet, I try to always pray my requests “open handed” toward God accomplishing His will. I ask Him to help me actively obey and follow His will as He chooses to unfold it. I try to follow a similar pattern with each phrase of this prayer Jesus gave his disciples.
You can read more about my digging into this example Jesus gave us to pray here.
Each testimony and practice from those studying with me sparked my curiosity, and I began to wonder about you. What are some of your prayer practices? What important lessons about prayer have you learned along the way? How do you pray?
I look forward to reading your replies in the comments section.