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.
Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13
Prayer … A message to God from the heart of His children. Our prayers should praise Him, thank Him, request and confided in Him.
How blessed we are to have no obstacles other than ourselves, that stand between us and our Father. How many times have you stopped and wondered; “How long has it been since I’ve prayed?” Do you think God understands our forgetfulness? hmmm … seems we don’t forget to pray when we are in need. That seems so logical; we are burdened we pray. ahhh … but when blessed we will also shout those little bursts of praise in prayer.
But it’s the everyday, uneventful times in our lives when God would love to hear our voice for no reason other than to say; “Thank you for loving me, forgive my lapses in faith, help me with my temper, humble me, lift me, sustain me.”
Maybe you’re guilty of rushing through your prayers only to find that you were intending to pray; but your mind kept going in another direction. For me … those are the prayers said at night right before I go to sleep … Hi God, thank you for this day Lord, the bill that you helped me pay today, the blessing you showed me in the mess the dog made with my feather pillow … through that you showed me how to love unconditionally. Father I ask for prayer for my friend who will be … zzzzzzzzz. Thanks be to God that He knows already what my friend will be facing and I am confident that God knows what I need before I ask him; or in this case before I fell asleep.
I still believe that works best when trying to get a child to quite down and go to sleep. 🙂 Forgive me Lord!
And when you pray,
do not keep on babbling like pagans,
for they think will heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:7-8
Maybe I love this book of Matthew so much because it confirms that I don’t have to be eloquent in my prayer … just humble. A simple surrender. Anywhere. Any time. A simple gesture of faith. Anywhere. Any time. A simple praise. Anywhere. Any time.
My favorite prayers where heard while staying with my daughter and her precious family for 10 days was from my grandchildren as they shared their prayers every night before dinner. My heart swelled with joy, tears flowed and giggles stifled… Here’s a sample; “dear God, thank you for this food, thank you for our new baby, thank you for Grandma coming older, thank you for (pause) amen.” Paisley 4yrs old
Although I am older … she was really thankful for me coming “over” 🙂 See what I mean … simple and sweet.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your discipline, love and your gift of grace. Thank you for hearing my prayers and although I know you will always answer my prayers, help me to be patient and obedient with your answers and your timing as your will be done. Help me to forgive those who grieve, frustrate and burden me and forgive me for doing the same to you and others. Nourish and sustain me daily Lord. Supply me with wisdom and courage in raising my children. Help me be a helpful, loving and honorable wife. In Jesus Name … Amen