Monday, July 28, 2008

Prayer devotional to kick start this week!

A great devotional by one of my favorite Pastor's, Ed Young Jr. Enjoy!

This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name."
Matthew 6:9

The number of ways in which people approach prayer is as vast as the number of people who pray. But in Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us exactly how we should pray. He doesn't give us a step-by-step, paint-by-the-numbers formula, because prayer isn't something that can be structured or formulated. It's fluid and vibrant. But Jesus does provide a basis for what we should pray and how we should pray.

So often, when we pray, we rush into what we want God to do for us, give us or how we want him to help us. We focus on the "me" factor of prayer and gloss right over the fact that we are standing or sitting or kneeling before God himself.

Remember, prayer isn't primarily about you. It's about God. He is the starting block for every prayer that you have. Remember who you are talking to. Don't rush into your wishes or desires. Start first with acknowledging the greatness of God, the magnitude of God, the holiness of God.

When you pray today, focus less on yourself and more on God. Because as you do, you'll discover one of the greatest keys to unlocking the power of prayer, the fact that prayer is a two-way conversation between you and your Creator.

A Prayer for Today

"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. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." In Christ's name I pray, Amen.