Matthew 6:8 says:
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
What are you in need of that you haven’t asked God for?
Imagine this: You come home from the hardest day of work in your life. You’re tired, sad, hungry, and you just want someone to tell you, “I’m here for you”. You’re wearing your heart on your sleeve; everyone in your home sees it, but you say nothing. You huff and puff and you’re ready to blow the house down, but again, you say nothing. You finally gather your thoughts and turn to the one person you depend on, who listens, responds and unload everything about your day to them. As the details pour out, you feel your stress replaced with relief, your sadness replaced with joy, and you feel loved because finally, someone listened.
That someone is God. That easy conversation is a prayer and His response is your answer.
After verse 8 of Matthew 6, Jesus proceeds to teach everyone how to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This prayer is the model prayer, the start to how we should pray to God. I can remember being taught this at an early age, but there was a point where my prayers became more personal. It would turn into me asking God for better grades, or to change my hair, or even now, to make something go in my favor. Praying to God is like having conversation with not only a friend, but your Father, the Creator, the one who orchestrates every happening in our life. Of course He already knows what’s going on with you, but He wants to hear it from you.
Now, I know that sometimes, it gets hard to pray; the words don’t form and we can’t even release a sound. This is why we need others to pray for us. When we band together as believers in Christ Jesus, we know “there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Likewise in James 5:16, it reads, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Meaning, we need to pray not only by ourselves, but with each other and for each other.
I want to take a moment on this blog to do something different. I am not sure who this will reach or how far, but I want us all to touch and agree in prayer together.
My call today with this blog is to make it one huge Prayer Request Log in the comments. You can post with your own name or put Anonymous, it is up to you. At the end of the day, my hopes are for us all to believe for each other, pray for one another, and love one another.
Whether you prayer is spoken or unspoken, God hears you and He’s listening to your humble cry. Don’t be afraid to pour out you heart to the Father; simply talk and He will answer.