PATTERN OF PRAYER PT. 2

The Lord’s prayer continued…

Forgive us our sins…

Cleansing. Everyone is born with a rebellious spirit. So naturally, our fallen nature craves wickedness. However, when we say yes to Jesus and become children of God, we take on God’s nature, and in doing so we have direct access to a loving and forgiving Father. Confess your sins to God, and let him cleanse you from the inside out. He forgives instantly, freely, completely, and permanently. So, what do you need to confess?

As we forgive those who sin against us…

Release. The inability to forgive keeps us in bondage. Yet when we choose to forgive, we release that person into God’s hands and we step into freedom. This is the most challenging part of prayer because our flesh wants to hold on to pain and bitterness. However, when we do that, we are actually blocking forgiveness for ourselves. Who do you need to forgive today?

Lead us not into temptation…

Protection. Temptation isn’t just the lure to do something bad, it’s not doing what’s right. It will always pull us further away from God’s will. Some of our biggest, yet overlooked, temptations are doing what’s easy, only doing what’s best for ourselves, doing what’s unimportant, and procrastinating. We need to have the power to do the right things. When we’re so focused on doing what is right, we don’t have time to do wrong. Familiarity tempts us to remain in a place of comfort. What is God asking you to do that you keep putting off?

Deliver us from evil…

Deliverance. All of us are in a battle, and we all need to learn how to call out to God. As we call on him, he pushes back the darkness from our lives. It’s God’s power that delivers us from evil. What do you need deliverance from? Cry out to him, and allow him to heal you.

Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever…

Victory. The beginning and the end. The head and not the tail. Not to us but to Your name. This prayer starts and ends with the glory of God, reminding us that we cannot lose. The battle is already won! No weapon formed against you can prosper. Do you believe it?

When you have an authentic relationship with Jesus, this prayer is more than just something you recite in church on a Sunday morning. It’s a lifestyle. Praying isn’t convincing God, but conforming to his plans and his purpose; aligning yourself with his will and forsaking your own. It’s not about saying all the right things. God wants your heart; not your religious lingo.

So, maybe you woke up this morning and you have no idea what to pray about. Make it personal and use his pattern of prayer to create your own. If you get stuck, follow our teacher. As Jesus said, "pray like this…"

“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. AMEN.”