The Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus gave them “The Lord’s Prayer.” Everything you need in a good prayer.
Our Father who art in heaven – God is the focus of the prayer, not me
Hollowed by thy name – praise God first
Thy kingdom come – Set the world right
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – Trust God to accomplish things his way, not my way
Give us this day our daily bread – Believe that God will take care of us, don’t worry.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors – We want to be forgiven and must therefore be forgiving.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – Keep us safe from ourselves and from the Devil.
(also found in Matthew 6:9-13)
The verses that follow (5-8) made me wonder how they had anything to do with prayer. Should I pray that my neighbor doesn’t wake me up at night or should I pray that my neighbor will get up in the middle of the night if I need help?
The rest of the chapter brought things into focus. Be persistent. Apparently God respects perseverance. Keep bugging him and he will finally give in and give you what you want. It might be a good idea to ask God for his opinion on the request. You have probably heard the saying, “Be careful what you ask for.” It’s true.
Ask, seek, knock and don’t bargain with God. Be direct. I love the comparison of “God is to Us as We are to Our Children.” I only want good things for my children and will do whatever I can to help them. My parenting skills are nothing compared to God’s. He is there for me, but he wants me to ask, seek, knock.
To cap it off, verse 15, “…how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”