The Bible has a lot to say about prayer and in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verses 5 through 15 Jesus, the one whom our prayers are to be in the name of, spells it out very clearly…
““And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Although there is indeed a time and place for corporate open prayer, prayer should be personal, prayer should be simple, prayer should be directed to God and not to those around us. Prayer is not a show, it’s a conversation between the child of God and our Father in Heaven. We have a conversation just like we would have a conversation with our earthly Father and we let our requests be made known.
Philippians 4:6-7 Tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Continuing with Jesus’ model prayer…
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
God knows what we need, but He has given us free will to make own decisions with the lot that we have been given. So if we want God to attend to our needs we must ask for His help. But we mustn’t make it difficult! Use the K.I.S.S. method: “Keep It Simple Stupid”
Jesus gives us a model prayer to follow. All we need to do is follow it and make it our own. Use it as a guide so you know what to pray for.
Jesus says, ““So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 NKJV
On to the prayer…
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 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.”
Pretty simple right? Well, almost! Jesus adds one more thing that we all must follow, or our prayers will be hindered.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:5-15 NKJV
Just as Jesus forgave us, we must forgive others. We forgive and we look to the bigger picture and follow God’s will.