2004-10-29 - What's the Best Way to Pray, Anyway?If you have ever wondered if there's a right way to pray, you are in great company. Even the 12 disciples didn't know a good way to pray until Jesus told them:
"And now about prayer. When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners and in the synagogues, where everyone can see them. Truly, that's all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, all to your Father secretly, and your Father, who knows your secrets, will reward you. Don't recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again. Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need before you ask him! Pray along these lines: 'Our Father in heaven, we honor your holy name. We ask that your kingdom come now. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food again today, as usual, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Don't bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One. Amen' Your heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you." Mathew 6:5-15 (TLB)
When You Pray:
Father, I honor Your holy name. Let Your kingdom come now, and may Your will be done on Earth, as Your will reigns in heaven. Thanks for making sure I have enough to eat, and that other needs are met. Forgive my sins, as I forgive those who have sinned against me. Don't let me be tempted to do wrong, and deliver me from listening to Satan's lies. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.