40 Days of Prayer: Day 4
Today’s blog was written by Ted Johnson. It is the first part of seven posts on the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13)
Jesus gave an example prayer that shows all the elements of a properly presented prayer to Our Heavenly Father. It is designed and intended to be a ‘jump start’ prayer to help us in beginning a consistent and effective life of communicating with our God – our Heavenly Father.
The Bible tells us that we must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior before we can call God our Father (John 1: 10-13). We are not ‘all God’s children’ as the world wishes to proclaim. We must be born again to reap the benefits of being children of God and then able to petition Him through our prayers
Jesus does not intend for us to pray only this prayer over and over. He desires that we become comfortable in communing with the Father in our own words and ways. Regardless as to how proficient we become in our prayer life, if it is to be pleasing and acceptable to Our God it will have all the elements of this prayer shared by Our Lord. In the coming blogs, we will discuss these individual elements found in this prayer.
Development of our own communication with our Father (in the name of Jesus – John 16: 23,24) is what is intended in God’s word. We are each individually responsible for our own salvation and we must each individually cultivate a personal relationship with God our Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Though we are individually responsible, salvation is a free gift already purchased by Jesus for each one of us but we must actively receive it and live in a way to sustain it. A vibrant prayer life is vital to being a successful Christian!
Tomorrow we will begin to look at…’The Lord’s Prayer’
Thank you for reading. Now, please go to our Prayer Wall and pray for the requests. You can also add your own prayer request or testimony there.