If you have ever asked someone to teach you to pray or said that you didn’t know how to pray then you are not alone, Jesus’ disciples are right there with you. Prayer can often be a bit intimidating, especially in public. When I hear some of my pastors and prayer warriors pray I often tremble in fear and hope that I am not called on to pray after them. I have now realize however, that it doesn’t matter how articulate you sound or how much of that hush tone of reverence you put in your voice the only thing that really matters is how honest and open you are with your Lord and King. Jesus provided us with the perfect example of how we should approach the throne of grace and it as as simple as you can get.
Jesus starts out calling God “Our Father” that to me doesn’t make God exclusive to any one person or any one group, He is the father of us all.
“Which art in heaven” is a reminder of who we are directing our prayer to. The Creator of us all and a Supreme Being.
“Hallowed be thy name” calls for reverence and humility.
“Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” calls us to remember that we should ask for His direction in all that we do and that we should always remember that God knows best.
“Give us this day our daily bread” has a double meaning. First, it calls us to remember to feast on God’s holy word daily so to draw closer to Him. Secondly, we should ask God to provide for us the material things that we need. Never be ashamed to ask anything of Him.
“Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors” in order to ask forgiveness of God we should be able to forgive others.
“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” here Jesus teaches us to ask for strength to overcome by the power of God. Knowing that only God alone can take us through our storms allow us to depend heavily
on Him and Him alone.
That is all that it takes to talk to God as Jesus taught us. This however; does not mean that this is the only prayer we should say and make it a repetition. It is a formula. Feel free to change words and make it your own. Remember it’s a conversation.