How to Pray: Daily Devotion
Jesus Answers the Question of How to Pray!
Did you know that Jesus' disciples asked Him the very same question while He was on earth?
"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1)"
And in answer to that question, Jesus laid out the format or framework for how we should pray through the "Our Father Prayer" also known as "The Lord's Prayer". So we can use the same format or framework to do our daily, weekly, seasonal or annual devotion to God.
What is that prayer format or framework? Well I will explain this seven (7) step prayer format or framework as has been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit. While you do your own morning, evening or daily devotion to God, you may receive further insight into how you can pray and you may choose to add or delete some things as the Holy Spirit guides you.
The best thing about this framework for "How to Pray" is that it can be used by anyone who believes in God. It is not restricted to Christians only, since the principles on which the framework is based are common to nearly all religions.
Step 1: Praise, Worship and Honour God
"Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name"
Like King David, "I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips (Psalm 34:1)."
Music is always used for celebration; whether it's the office party, family reunion, backyard barbeque, high school prom or Saturday night party. So I can't think of a better way to honour God than through praise and worship in music and song! St. Augustine says it best when he says that, "To sing is to pray twice."
Give honor to God through praise and worship! Worship God for being God! Praise Him for his daily goodness to you and your loved ones! Praise God for all the ways you have experienced His goodness - providing for you (and your loved ones), saving you from something or someone, healing you, comforting you during a difficult time and more. And yes, remember to praise Him especially during difficult times!
Praise and Worship Music and Songs!
25 uplifting songs sung by some of gospel's best singers like Cece Winans, Heather Headley, smokie Norful, LaRue Howard and more... A truly wonderful collection that you will enjoy time and time again.
This album is really great for times when you just want to do quiet meditation without the distraction of singing voices.
It is never too early to teach our children about the first principle/pillar of prayer - PRAISING GOD!This is a collection of 15 worship songs that your children will love to sing along to and that will be remain in their hearts to help them with their christian walk.
Step 2: Remember That Our Time on Earth is Temporary
"Thy Kingdom come."
"Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be (Psalm 39:6)".
Read the Bible, the Word of God, daily in order to gain wisdom for everyday living and be reminded of how transitory life and living is.
Consumerism - "the social and economic order that encourages the purchase of goods and services in ever-greater amounts (Wikipedia)" - has blinded many of us to the fact that there is an afterlife which is more important than this present earthly life.
As we strive to keep up with the latest technology, to own the newest and latest fashion or model, to keep up-to-date with what is happening in real time (as it happens), unfortunately, we may find ourselves putting daily prayer and devotion to God on the back burner or neglecting Him totally.
Step 3: Surrender to God's Will in Our Lives
"Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven."
Surrendering to God's will in our lives is never easy, as we always have a picture in our minds of how we want things to happen and proceed in our lives.
Many times the best way to handle our disappointments is to do as Jesus did and tell God what we want or expected while surrendering to His will. "Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39)."
God sees the big picture and while we have but mere scraps of the details, we have to trust that all things will work together for good in our lives if we surrender our will to God's will, especially when we cannot make sense of what may be happening in our lives at a particular point in time.
YOU Can Enjoy Real Peace in God's Presence... - ...inspite of your current difficult circumstances!
For me, just spending time each day in God's presence is a great rejuvenation experience!"Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year." An inspirational daily devotional that grew out of her personal daily journaling and listening to God.
We ALL have them - DIFFICULT DAYS. Sometimes those difficult days last a few days but there are times when they drag on...months...years.This is like an everyday cup of water to help you keep your spirits high and keep trusting God despite the struggle you are going through in this moment.
Step 4: Petition God
"Give us this day our daily bread,"
Notice that 'Petition - asking God' is not the first pillar of prayer.
Unfortunately, many of us start our prayers and devotions by asking God for our needs and wants. "God I need this; Please God give me this; God give me that; God would you please do this or that."
We get to ask God for our needs and wants - food, money, job, security, shelter, companionship, children, spouse, promotion, success with exams, job interviews, proposals, help with a situation or relationship, guidance, healing, for the needs of our country, family or friends etcetera - but only after praising and worshiping him.
Step 5: Seek God's Mercy and Forgiveness and Extend Compassion to Others
"And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
We seek mercy and forgiveness from God for the sins we have, knowingly and unknowingly, committed against family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances during the course of our daily living.
We also ask God to remind us of how he has been merciful to us and forgiven us on many occasions and to help us extend the same mercy and forgiveness to others when they knowingly or unknowingly offend, betray, harm and hurt us.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32)."
Specific Devotionals for MEN & WOMEN!
"Speaking straight to men who are striving for serenity or trying to maintain emotionally and spiritually balanced lives, these daily touchstones begin with quotations from sources as varied as William Shakespeare, Wendell Berry, Michael Spinks, and Woody Allen and conclude with affirmations that underscore the lessons of intimacy, integrity and spirituality."
"Based on her #1 New York Times bestseller, THE CONFIDENT WOMAN, Joyce Meyer taps into the concerns and issues that trouble women most. She provides encouragement and tools to help resolve problems in the areas of life women struggle with most--including confidence, self image, and relationships."
"Even more appealing than the charm of a trail through the forest, the serenity of a stroll by a river, or the inspiration of climbing a mountain path are the spiritual pathways to God's awesome presence. Pathways to His Presence reveals Dr. Charles Stanley's keen understanding of your deep longing for a clearer view of God's will for your life."
Step 6: Ask for Protection and Deliverance
"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
We pray that God will help us to control our appetites and desires.
We also pray that He will protect us from evil, danger and harm in our homes, at work, while travelling and everywhere else.
Step 7: Seal Your Prayer!
In medieval times, a seal or signet was used to authenticate or confirm a message. Today, signatures and company stamps or seals are used for the same purpose.
"Amen" says, "So be it" or "Let it be done or happen as we have asked God. "Amen" acts as the seal or signature to our prayer or devotion.
So in the final step of our prayer or devotion, we seal our prayer or devotion through our faith that God will accept our praise and worship and grant our request(s).
"Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, "Amen! Amen!" Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground (Nehemiah 8:6)."
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