Our Spiritual Muscles
Praying Like Jesus – Part II
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-13
Key Verse: Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Continuing from yesterday’s devotional, let’s begin our study of Jesus’s model prayer and how we can apply it to our prayer life.
First, understand that many of our daily prayers are going to be repetitive.
Should we feel that our prayers are ineffective because we say some of the same things over and over each day? As long as our minds are engaged and we are saying them sincerely and earnestly to the Father, it is fine that we keep repeating the same prayers.
Remember, in “The Parable of the Persistent Widow” (Luke 18:1-8), the widow kept coming back to the judge asking for the same thing each time. Jesus told this parable to teach the disciples of Jesus about seeking and asking God for the needs of their lives. We are to never give up praying and asking God for the needs of our lives even if we are repeating much of the same words and prayers to Him each day.
Second, we all face challenges in our praying. Jesus’s model prayer helps us deal with some of these challenges.
One challenge we deal with while praying is a “wandering mind”. Suddenly, while we are praying, we start thinking about our day or other things that have nothing to do with our prayer. When that happens and we are using The Lord’s Prayer as our model, it is easy to go back to the point where our minds started wandering and begin praying again.
For example, when I am asking God to forgive my sins, I can start thinking about a situation that I did not manage well. When I catch my mind wandering away from my prayer, I can return to where I was in my prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to help me to always forgive others, as the Father has forgiven me.
Third, how can we know that we are praying according to God’s will?
Using Jesus’s model prayer, we can be sure that we are praying according to the will of God. Otherwise, realize that sometimes we can ask for things that are not necessarily in the will of God.
Remember that the Apostle James wrote that we often do not receive because we ask with wrong motives (James 4:3). When we make our requests using the format of The Lord’s Prayer, then we know our prayers aligned with the will of God.
When Jesus teaches us what to say, we can know it is within the will of God.
Father, thank You for giving us a model to guide our prayers. Help me to be more effective in my praying. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.