Five Things You Should Always Pray For
The disciples asked Jesus how to pray. Have you ever asked Jesus how to pray? Have you ever wondered what prompted the disciples to ask Jesus how to pray? What did they see in Jesus’ prayer life?
Jesus answered them with a template for prayer (Matthew 6:9–13). Here are five things he said they should always ask for. So should you!
- God to be glorified. The very first part of his prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. That means the name of God is to be held as holy. We are to reverence his name and therefore him. We must be in awe of God. He is glorious.
- God’s will to be done. When we pray this part of the prayer, “your kingdom come, your will be done,” it first means that we desire his will to be done in our lives! You cannot control if God’s will is done in another life or circumstance but you can make sure his will is done in your life. This also means that your desires are to be subjected to his will! So when you pray this, you begin to search for God’s will and commit to hear, listen and obey! This portion of the prayer is so world changing it is hard to imagine what would happen if we really meant it when we said: your will be done!
- Daily needs met. His prayer continues with a plea for daily bread. Many of Jesus original listeners bought their food daily with the small amount of money they had earned that very day. Today, many of us are wealthy enough to buy many days’ bread many days before we need it. So, we must be aware that not everyone is as fortunate as we are. We must be thankful that God has blessed us so bountifully. Then, we must humbly ask him to help us always have our needs met.
- Forgiveness. Forgiveness in Jesus’ prayer teaching is a conditional grace. We are forgiven our sins as we forgive those who have offended us. Jesus repeated this teaching on numerous occasions. God forgives as we forgive. When we ask him to forgive us, we should also ask him to help us forgive those who have wronged us.
- Avoid temptation. God’s presence with us through the day will help us avoid temptation. This simple request will help us become aware of him and remind us of the reality that with every temptation there is a way out! (1 Corinthians 10:13). God allows us to be tested. But with this request, we ask God to help us recognize places of temptation and to overcome temptation.
Praying for these five things has the power to revolutionize and transform your spiritual life and your everyday world.
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