5/29 Getting Started in a Life of Prayer

“Look at the proud, his soul is not straight or right within him, but the rigidly just and the uncompromisingly righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness. Hebrews 2:4

You have to start somewhere, sometime. Right now and right here is as good a place and time as any. Walking by faith is one of the greatest adventures in life. We simply take what God’s Word says at face value, believe it and act upon it.

I’m speaking specifically about beginning a life and ministry of prayer. When the disciples heard Jesus praying, they requested that he teach them to pray. Jesus started with the basics.

He said, when you pray, go in your closet and shut the door. Prayer is to be done mostly in secret. Just you and God! Most of Jesus’ praying was done in private, but the Father rewarded him openly.

Next Jesus said, “Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed or kept holy is Your Name.” How precious it is to be able to fellowship with Almighty God! How wonderful it is to know Him as our heavenly Father. So often God’s children rush into the throne room with their requests, never taking the time just to bask in His Presence. The Father longs for us to come with grateful hearts and reverence for His Holy Name.

Jesus continued, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” We should desire only what God desires for us. Imagine a life filled with the peace, joy and blessings of heaven. Israel was promised days of heaven on earth if only they would obey the Lord and walk according to His Word. In heaven, there is no curse, no sin, sickness or lack.

The Lord’s prayer continues by asking God for our daily bread. We are to be totally dependent upon Him for all of our supply. In prayer, we ask for forgiveness and receive grace to forgive others. We seek God’s help to overcome temptations and trials. Finally, we spend time praising the Lord, acknowledging that the Kingdom, the power and the glory all belong to Him. Praise His Holy Name!

Prayer - Father, your name is Holy! As I come into your presence, help me to be patient and to slow down. I want to enjoy my time with you, Lord. Above all else, I want your will to be done, not mine. You know what’s best for me. My trust is in you, in the name of Jesus, amen!