Our Spiritual Muscles

Jesus makes it clear that you should never give up on praying

Our Spiritual Muscles
Praying Like Jesus – Part I

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-13

Key Verse: Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Today’s Key Verse makes clear the importance of prayer.

The definition of the word “devote” tells us: “give all or a large part of one’s time to an activity”.

Romans 12:12 tells us to “…keep on praying” and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Never stop praying”.

Luke 18:1 lets us know how Jesus feels about prayer:

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

You can go to Luke 18 and read the parable that Jesus told, but the most powerful statement is found in why Jesus told the story… He does not want us to ever give up on praying.

Here are two aspects of praying.

First, have an appointed time to pray. Every believer should have a time each day set aside to talk to God.

Second, there is what the Bible refers to as “ceaseless praying” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This is when we talk to God throughout our day. We can whisper prayers during a tough conversation, while in a meeting at work, or in any situation. God hears and responds to us when we call out for His help… even when no one else can hear us, He does.

Matthew’s version of The Lord’s Prayer is today’s Scripture Reading.

Luke 11:2-4 provides another version of this famous prayer that Jesus gave in response to his disciples’ request to teach them how to pray.

In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus was not teaching that one should only pray using these exact words. Jesus is giving us a model or a form that we can use to help us pray effectively.

In tomorrow’s devotional, we begin to look at the idea of praying effectively based on The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’s model of prayer.

For today, let’s learn the lesson from the scriptures we have looked at. Pray, keep on praying, and never give up praying!

Father, I give myself to the training in godliness by praying and learning to pray effectively. Grant me Your wisdom and understanding. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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