Praying the Scriptures

In order to develop our ability to be discerning, we need to be engaging with God’s Word on a regular basis.  One way to do this is to pray the Scriptures.  Often we can fall into a pattern of praying in the way we were raised, using familiar phrases and patterns without giving much thought to content or purpose.  If we want to develop our prayer life, we must first look to the instructions of Christ on this matter.  We all know this one by heart, Matthew 6:9-13.  I see six elements to this prayer, however we have tendencies to camp out in just one or two of these sections.  Jesus gave us a lesson in how to practice a full prayer to God the Father.  May we look beyond simply asking for “our daily bread” so that we might bring the most glory to the only deserving One.  Jesus said, “Pray then like this:

Matthew 6:9-13
Prayer Element
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name Praise God for who He is and what He has done
Your kingdom come Pray for Jesus to return
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven Ask God to help us to know and do His will
Give us this day our daily bread Pray for our needs
And forgive us our sins as we also have forgiven those who sin against us Confess sins and pray for help to forgive others
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Pray to be strengthened in areas of weakness and for protection from the devil
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