Luke 11:1-28; Genesis 19; Psalm 12
I think I’m like most people when it comes to prayer. I like the idea that I can talk with God. I do a lot more talking to God than listening. I really wish I could do a better job of praying. “Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’” (Luke 11:1) When the disciple asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, the response we got was the model prayer. We don’t have to use those exact words, but the ideas are important. Prayer begins with establishing the nature of our relationship to God. He is the Holy Father in Heaven who is in charge of the Kingdom of Heaven. He is also God of this earth. He provides for our needs and gives us forgiveness. He controls our thoughts and our deeds, if we let Him. In this model prayer, it ends attributing to God all the glories of the Kingdom of Heaven. There is no one right way to pray. If you’re wondering how to pray, just begin to talk with God. Recognize who He is and let Him know your heart. You can’t go wrong if you just pray it.
Lord, I get so tongue-tied when I talk to You. I worry about saying the wrong things. I may not be noble enough in my requests. Help me to pray and to get to know You better through prayer. When I pray, help me to focus on Who and not so much on what.