The Habits of Prayer Devo, Day 5: The Lord’s Prayer

Day 5: The Lord’s Prayer

Scripture: Matthew 6:9–13 ESV

The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most common examples of how to pray in the New Testament. It is a look into the structure and order of how we pray and, to an extent, what we can pray. Because, as mentioned in earlier parts of this devotional, you can go to God with everything. He is not afraid of your emotions or what is happening in your life.

The Lord’s prayer is a prayer of submission to the Lord. It’s simply admitting that you don’t have control over all, nor do you know all that will be. There’s freedom in that.

When Jesus taught the disciples this prayer in Matthew 6, he taught it so that they would understand how to pray for the sake of prayer. Many examples that they may have had of how to pray at the time were likely disingenuous. They were caught up in who sees that they can pray and possibly what words they prayed with. Jesus shows his disciples that going to God in prayer is simple. To follow the ACTS method of prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication), Jesus gave a simple formula for believers to follow and to help create space for who they are as individuals and what was shared.

As we close our time together for this devotional, consider the ACTS formula for prayer. And also have freedom in saying the Lord’s prayer. These lessons are meant to guide us, as believers, along the way.

Reflection Questions:

  1. In what ways have you struggled with prayer?
  2. Did you know that there was a method for praying? What do you think of it?
  3. Do you find the ACTS method of prayer beneficial?
  4. What about prayer do you find helpful?

Thank you for reading our Habits of Prayer devotional. You can start at Day 1 which focuses on Prayer and Peace of Mind now. Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel with our current Foundations of the Faith sermon series where we dive into the topic of prayer.

Disclaimer: This devotional is not to minimize the things that go on in anyone’s life, especially when it comes to mental health. You can pray and go to therapy. They can co-exist.

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