Prayer is one of the vital components of a healthy relationship with God. Some of us were taught from an early age to pray. I remember learning how to pray “God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for this food. Amen.” That was the main prayer I used throughout my early years, and I can still recite it without thinking.
In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us how to pray. He also teaches us how not to pray. He reminds us that this is a personal thing. He wants our focus and purpose to be about having a relationship with Him, and not about how others might think of us as we pray.
Today, I want to encourage you to take some time to pray, even if you only have five minutes left before getting ready for the day, or taking care of something in your home, I would encourage you to pray through the Lord’s prayer, and think about what it truly asks.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:9-13