“After this manner therefore pray ye:”
Matthew 6:9 KJV
We’ve all had times when we struggle in prayer. Sometimes a situation can pop up and we don’t know what to do. At other times we just don’t know what to say. There are times when we find ourselves being repetitive, and other times, we are so broken by our sin all we can do is cry.
Many of us feel the need to pray our own prayers, to have something unique to say. That can be intimidating at times, thankfully Jesus gave us a model prayer.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:10-13.
When we’re stuck, praying these four verses can help inspire us or simply be our prayer.
Paul prayed twice in Ephesians (1:17-23 and 3:14-21). These are also great prayers to pray. The Psalms are filled with prayers. Psalm 51 is a great model for repentance.
I’ve been a Christian for several years and I still sometimes don’t know what to say in prayer. Thankfully, once I realized how many prayers are in the Bible, praying became less stressful and more meaningful. Sometimes I simply pray a prayer or two I find in Scripture.
God never intended prayer to be difficult, that’s why there are so many examples of prayer in the Bible. Let’s just follow the example.