We are called to be Prayer Warriors not Prayer Worriers. Don’t just work through your list of worries with God, lift up your head and talk to God about wider things outside your immediate sphere of influence. Listen. Praise. Worship. Give thanks. Gradually things on your worry list will reduce. Bill Johnson suggest that if you have 60 minutes to pray that you spend 50 minutes in worship.
Jesus is His model prayer starts and ends with praise and worship, then declares God’s purpose here on earth, then deals with our daily needs, daily forgiveness of ourselves and others and then deliverance from evil and temptation.
Our Father, Holy is Your name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
Forgive us as we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen
The disciples asked Jesus for the secret of praying and this model prayer was what He gave them. Let’s keep our prayers simple and honest, not be scared to ask for our needs but avoid getting stuck there. Do you find prayer easy or hard? I find it easy as I see it just as talking or writing to God or sometimes silent actions or tears. The hard thing is having faith that He will answer but the act of praying I find easy. How about you? What works for you?
© Michelle Sherlock 2014