LEARNING HOW TO PRAY ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE

Scripture teaches us throughout the Bible how to pray and what to pray. How often have you wondered how to pray for ourselves, family and others? If you struggle with how to pray or what to pray for, you can always pray the prayers the Bible teaches us.

Matthew 6:5-13 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”

Psalm 23:4–6 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The prayers of I Chronicles 4:9, Ephesians 1:17-21 and Galatians 5:22-23
God bless me with your Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Bless my “being” by enlightening my heart with the hope of eternal life with you. Please continue to change the disposition of my heart to that of a servant. Please give me your resurrection power, your ascension power and your dominion power that you used to take Christ to heaven. God bless me with the fullness of the Holy Spirit that will give me love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as well as my family, my church family and my small group. Please increase my spiritual responsibilities and widen my area of influence. Please expand my potential that I might impact more lives spiritually. Allow your supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to protect me from Satan in all areas of my life. God help me to be totally dependent on you. God bless my business that I might increase my tithes and offerings to the church and beyond.

When we pray, most realize the importance of asking to be shown their purpose in life and the direction God wants to take them. But as we are directed by the Holy Spirit we need to request to be filled with knowledge and wisdom that we might fulfill God’s will. We should ask to be guided in our walk so we might be consistent with Christ’s teaching.

Shouldn’t we seek help in living in such a way as to please God? We need direction from the Holy Spirit to help us listen for His guidance and convictions. As Christians we must request help in knowing how to live to please others that has eternal values. We should ask to help us live a life with joy and happiness because of your redemptive power, your forgiveness of sin and releasing us from all guilt.

As I write two blogs weekly, I pray that God will provide the topic. As I listen to daily news or read my three newspapers, I feel inspired to select a topic. I will go to prayer and meditate on that particular subject. It amazes me what I learn in meditation. I hope the above helps.

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