Mar 26th 2021 · Day 85
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At the start of Luke 11, Jesus is teaching the disciples about prayer:
‘Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’ (vv. 2-4)
Prayer was clearly important to Jesus. We can see in the Gospels how He spent a lot of time praying to His Father – which is perhaps why the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray (see v. 1).
Praying is such a simple way that we can have a relationship with our heavenly Father, but often, without even realising it, we can spend most of our prayer time just asking God for what we want, almost like a shopping list. We can get so caught up in telling God about our needs that we forget to glorify Him and thank Him.
The Lord’s Prayer is a great example of how we should pray.
Honour and glorify God.
Ask for provision for the days ahead.
Repent (ask forgiveness for things we have said and done that have offended God and others).
Ask God to help in forgiving others people.
Ask God for guidance and protection.
In our busy lives, we can forget to make time each day to pray and meditate on God’s Word. Maybe you feel your prayer life isn’t the number one priority in your life; or perhaps you’re struggling to know where to begin. This week, start reading the Lord’s Prayer; adapt it to your own circumstances.
Pause and reflect: Prayer is speaking to God – and listening, too. Remember, whether you are at work, at home, shopping, walking or relaxing, just find some time in your day to pray.
Beth is recently married to her husband Sam and works as a project manager for the NHS. Beth has an amazing heart for children’s ministry and heads up Victory Kids and associated ministries. She loves to travel and is writing for BIAY once again in 2021.
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