Day 3

 Philippians 4: 6-7

Matthew 6:9-13

Prayer – Talking with God

 

It is actually pretty awesome to think that we have a direct line to the Creator of the universe. We often make a relationship with God more complicated than it needs to be. If you look at your best relationships, it is usually because you care about one another, you spend time together, and you value what the other has to say. The same things hold true for a relationship with God.

Prayer is simply talking with God. It is being honest with Him but also recognizing His ways are beyond what we can appreciate or understand. One person once said that if you knew what God knows, you would answer every prayer just as He does. This means we have to accept that we won’t always understand why God responds as He does or why we don’t get everything we seek.

Philippians 4:6-7 tells us exactly what to pray for, and that is everything. When you don’t know where to start, begin with whatever is on your mind at that point. There is no perfect formula to pray, it is about being in communication with God. It is crazy to think that when we begin to apply prayer to our lives, God will bring peace where we least expect it.

In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus gives us an example of a prayer. It is important to know that this was an example to show those at the time what the format of prayer was supposed to look like. Jesus was not telling us that we need to repeat this exact prayer every time. So, what are the takeaways from this prayer? First, always address God. It can be at the beginning of your prayers or throughout your prayers, but always acknowledge that you are coming to God. The second thing we see is “Your kingdom come, your will be done” which tells us that when we pray, we should be asking to be aligned with God’s will. God’s will is probably not to help you win the lottery or to give you that promotion. You have to make sure what you are asking of God aligns with who He is and how He operates. Such as, if you are having marital issues and ask God to help you and your spouse, God will always honor that because God places family in a position of priority. “give us this day our daily bread” so simple to ask for what we NEED. Notice this is not a request for what we want but asking God to be our provider. Next, we should always have a repentant heart asking for forgiveness. We all need forgiveness and should never overlook how amazing it is that God is willing to offer that gift to you and me freely. These are just a few principles taken away from this prayer.