HOW SHOULD WE PRAY?
This, then, is how you should pray:
He said to them,
JESUS' PRAYER EXAMPLE
Jesus gave us a prayer example to teach us HOW to pray. He did not intend for us to merely repeat it, but to use it as a pattern or guide for our own prayers. Jesus referred to this pattern on various occasions. He sometimes used different wording. But in each instance, several common themes were present. They are as follows:
Some translations end this model prayer with a closing similar to this: "Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." This reminds us of the first part of the prayer, which expresses a desire for God to have first place in everything. It is also an expression of worship and praise - something you may wish to include throughout your prayer!
HAVING THE RIGHT PRIORITIES
Many people emphasize their immediate physical needs, when they pray. Yet this is not the primary emphasis in Scripture. The glory of God and the spiritual well-being of people is always considered more important! You may wish to look at a few examples - 1) Jesus' prayer in John 17; and 2) Paul's prayers in Ephesians 1:15-19; 3:16-21; 6:18-20; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-12; 4:2-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 and elsewhere. The apostle John's prayer, in 3 John 2, illustrates this quite well. John prays for his friend's health and circumstances, but he adds: "even as your soul is getting along well." To John, one's soul is more important than one's health and circumstances. He doesn't ignore them. He simply has the proper priorities.
Scripture quoted from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.
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