The Model Prayer

In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus is praying and afterwards a disciple saw that He had been praying so He asked Jesus for instruction for how we should pray. Jesus told him that we should go to God in prayer like He is our best friend or father. The model prayer given to the disciple has these main elements:

Recognizing God for who He is
Asking that He uses us to accomplish His will
Asking for daily basic needs like food and water
Asking for forgiveness of sin
Asking to be put in situations where we are protected from sin.

God wants to help us like one of His children. He will give us what is needed and that which will benefit us. Go to Him without any hesitation and with boldness. The key is to pray often and with faith that what we ask will be given. Like Jesus, look at prayer as a conversation with our best friend.

Follow the example of Jesus. He rose early in the morning and spent His time with God before He spent His time on the “busyness” of His world. Read a short block of scripture each day. Pray for guidance in how to apply the lesson learned to your daily life. Document these lessons and build on them throughout life.

Lord, this day with You, we lay out our concerns to You. We recognize that You are the Creator of all things. We need your help, we need forgiveness and to be kept on the right path. We ask for Your protection as we travel on this journey called life. We ask that we follow your will as the Holly Spirit guides and that we glorify You today. In Jesus name. Amen!

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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