Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to praise and thank You for Your Word, the Bible. You give instruction on how I can live a life that is pleasing and honoring to You. You have detailed everything that I need for my Christian walk. I am especially thankful for the teaching Your Son gives in Luke 11:1-4 on how to pray effectively. Direct me to follow the instruction that Jesus gave to His disciples to first spend some time in praise and thanksgiving before making requests. Doing this gets me into the right mindset to focus on You instead of coming to You with a shopping list of things that I need. Jesus said in verse 2: “‘When you pray, say: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” This teaching is confirmed in Psalm 100:4. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
Thank you for the next lesson You want me to learn. Just like the disciples, You want me to be dependent on You. The provision You have for me is daily and will not carry me through if I only communicate with You on an occasional basis. Verse 3: “Give us day by day our daily bread.”
Thank you for sharing, throughout the Bible, what seems to be the cornerstone of all prayer. That key element is the importance of forgiveness in my relationship with You and with other believers. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” Since Jesus has forgiven me, direct me to be aware that I must do the same with anyone who has wronged me. Doing this will eliminate the tool of unforgiveness that Satan likes to use to tempt me with evil activities. Verse 4a: “And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.“
I ask You to continually teach me to model my praying after these instructions from Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
P.S. These prayers will only work if you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you need help understanding God’s plan of salvation for you (the way to heaven), go to this page on our site: https://timewithourcreator.com/2016/06/02/salvation/