Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us, and looking ahead of this year, It has never been more vital for God’s people to be on our knees praying. Praying is not always so easy
Jesus’ disciples felt the same confusion. They were familiar with the oft-repeated prayers of the Torah. But Jesus prayed with great authority and power they had never witness before — as though God was listening! So when they came to Jesus, as said in Matthew chapter 6, they didn’t say, They said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13) is Christ’s response. It is a great prayer and one that every believers should hide in their heart — I dared my son to memorize it. But elegant as the words are, I do not believe Jesus intended it to become another religious prayer. But on the contrary , it was to be an example of how to pray.
This is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today 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 the evil one.’
Here are 5 main keys that have helped me to develop a more powerful and fervent prayer life. I hope they will encourage you to make a year of prayer.
1. Know who you are talking to.
Prayer is a conversation with God, and every conversation begins by addressing the person to whom you are speaking by name. Jesus begins with “Our Father in heaven.
” He focuses on a distinct person — the Heavenly Father with whom he has a personal relationship. We share the same right to call God “Father,” and there are times when we need to talk with our Abba Father, Daddy God. But God is three distinct persons in One: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Most often I talk to Jesus, the friend who is closer than a brother and the Savior of my soul. Other times I communicate to the Holy Spirit, who fills and empowers me to do the tasks Father God has called me to do. Having a distinct sense of who I am speaking to helps me formulate what I want to say and how I want to say it.
2. Give God Thanks.
A heartfelt thank you is always a great conversation starter. Like your loving parents, God loves to see that we have thankful hearts.
But more importantly, as we take the time to praise God for all He has done in our lives — the answered prayers, the impossible mountains that was moved from God, the healing of emotional scars and grace — our faith to believe for even impossible situations to be answered,our prayer grows stronger and more confident.
Praise opens the windows of heaven and should always be part of our alone time with God.
3. Ask for God’s will.
The Lord’s Prayer is not the only place where Jesus role-modeled a heart of obedience and submission to the will of God over his own desires and needs. In the Garden of Gethsemane, only hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, he would once again pray, “not my will, but yours be done.
” In a world where right and wrong are frequently confused and the future is so uncertain, it can be hard to know how to pray or what to ask for when difficult circumstances arise. But the one thing we can know with absolute certainty is that God’s plan for those who love him is good, and the safest place we can be is in the center of his divine will.
4. Say what you need.
In Jesus’ time, bread was a staple — one of the most basic needs of life — and he did not hesitate to ask God to provide it. But we often hesitate to bother God with the little things we need, thinking he shouldn’t be bothered.
And when the big problems come, we try everything we can to solve the problem before we think to pray. The Bible says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” So never hesitate to ask God for what you need in 2021. Your Father in heaven delights to give you good gifts.
5. Ask for forgiveness.
James 5:16 reminds us that if we want our prayers to be heard, our hearts need to be right with God and with one another. If you feel your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling, take some time to check your heart condition.