How to Pray: Outlined

I offer good news today. Prayer does not have to be intimidating, mysterious, or reserved for “the called.” Prayer is simply acknowledging and connecting with our Creator. It can be as simple as a pause and a whisper, or it can be an hour in tears when life falls apart. And, it can be many things in between. Short or elaborate, it’s a promise that God hears our prayers.

Jesus spoke about prayer in the first book of the New Testament of the Bible. One afternoon, He climbed up the side of a mountain, sat down, and began teaching the crowds how to pray.

We can use this easy-to-follow outline as we strive to connect with God.

Our Father who is in heavenAcknowledge God
Hallowed be your nameShow thankfulness
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heavenInvite His will into all situations
Give us today our daily breadAsk for help to meet daily needs
Forgive our debts as we also have forgiven our debtorsReceive and give forgiveness
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evilAsk for help to live a Godly life

This type of prayer can look something like this:

God in heaven, you are so good. Thank you for this day and my family. We desire your will for our lives, jobs, and relationships. Please meet our needs today. Forgive me for wrongs I have done when I have hurt you, myself, and others, and help me forgive others who have wronged me. I want to live a Godly life; please help me stay on the right path. Amen.

Thank you for visiting The Jar! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve given this prayer outline a try. For more on prayer visit my concise post: Growing Spiritually Stronger Every Morning with Prayer.

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