Prayer: An Introduction

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Prayer is one of the most important and diverse parts of the Christian faith.  It can be displayed in many forms, ranging from praying privately by yourself to out loud in a group.  Sometimes prayer comes easily to people and other times it’s difficult to come up with the words to say.  Taking a look at the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13, we can see 5 areas to pray about and one recapped section.

The first of the five and the recapped section is that of praise.  “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name,” (6:9) and the recap at the end of the prayer: “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” (6:13b).  It is extremely important to praise God as the first part of following Jesus’ example in the Lord’s Prayer because it shows that you are humble enough to come to Him with problems and thanks.  It also shows that you respect Him.

The second of the five sections is that of Honor.  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (6:10).  Honor is important when praying because it is another way to show respect.   It is also a way to show love to the creator of Heaven and Earth.

The third section deals with material possessions, “Give us this day our daily bread” (6:11).  God wants to provide for us.  This area covers our physical needs, and doesn’t need to be forgotten even though it can be outside of meals.

The fourth section is made up of the forgiving and forgiveness of sins: “and forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors” (6:12).  This section is important to because it’s what makes us Christians.  Paul puts it this way in Colossians, “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

The fifth and last section is for the power to fight temptation: “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (6:13a).  The Devil and his demons are always looking to attack us spiritually.  They do it both blatantly and sneakily, and it’s difficult to realize a lot of times.

The goal behind this study is to present my idea of how to pray based on the Lord’s Prayer.  I want to enable fellow Christians to be able to pray in the most effective way according to how Jesus demonstrated for his disciples.  I hope this is helpful to you and that you stick with me for the entirety of the summer.

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