“In this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” – Matthew 6:9
Are you looking for a way to improve your prayer life? What is a good model for prayer? How do you use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide?
Knowing the power of prayer is one thing, but knowing how to pray is completely different. When facing spiritual warfare, we must know how to pray. If prayer is simply talking to God, how complicated can it be? Not very. But unfortunately, we tend to complicate things. When something seems more complicated, it feels more effective. If it’s not less complicated, then it seems less effective. Jesus knew this would be the case with prayer also, so He gave us a guide on how to pray. He also did this because the religious leaders during His time made prayer a mystery and a show. Jesus knew that a show was the last thing prayer should be. After all, why would you want to “show off” before an all-knowing and all-seeing God? Prayer should be simple and from the heart. Length, elaborate language, and volume should not determine the value of an individual’s prayer, but rather, truth and faith. Fortunately, Jesus gave His disciples a good model for prayer that we also can use. But first, He taught them how not to pray.