Prayer

Praying the Lord's Prayer Day by Day 

Our Father in Heaven

Prayer begins with relationship - we focus on God.

He is our Father and he is also our creator. He is close but he is also awesome.

Prayer helps our relationship grow, it is the oxygen for our faith and knowing his presence with us.

Use some of theses verses to talk to God as you recognise his presence with you.

Romans 8 v 15; 1 John 3 v1 ; James 1 v17

Continue with reading Psalm 18, ( or another one) which points to an all powerful but caring God. Use this time to worship and praise God for who he is and what he has done.

Hallowed be your Name

To honour God is to worship him in all his glory. He has many names in the Bible which help us to better understand who he is and how we can know him.

Use some of these names to praise and worship, but to also intercede that he will be honoured in this way in our world.

God  our Creator - Isaiah 45 v 18      

God our redeemer - Exodus 15 v 1- 21

God our healer -  Exodus 15 v26 , Psalm 103 v 1-5 , Matthew 4 v23

Counsellor - Isaiah 9 v 6 , John 16 v7, 8         

Saviour - Luke 2 v11 , John 4 v 42

Psalm 138 v 1,2 says           “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.”

Let us pray that God’s name will be honoured in places it currently isn’t. Honouring God’s word is part of honouring his Name.

Your Kingdom Come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven

          Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 , when he begins his ministry:-

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

    because he has anointed me

    to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

    and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free, 

    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” Luke 4 (NIV)

When we pray this line we are asking for Jesus rule to come on earth in whatever situation we are thinking of. We can rejoice that God’s Kingdom is one of love, truth, righteousness and justice.  Over difficult situations both small. large and very large we can pray ‘ Your kingdom come, your will be done’

          We can pray certain things with confidence knowing it is God’s will, when we pray Biblical principles. We may pray for justice or vindication in certain situations where these aren’t being seen.

 
   

Give us today our daily bread

          Today we pray for God’s provision. Firstly we may want to recognise and thank God that all good gifts come from Him. Also that as Good Father he wants to give good things to his children.

          Are you in need today? then look to God for his provision. Do you obey him in your giving to him? If we are living in trust in his provision rather than believing we are the source of all that we have, then we are more likely to see his hand of provision in our lives. Generosity and faith are precursors to receiving.

          What are the areas that need provision that we are aware of? Who needs help?

Can we be an answer to our prayers?

          What time, treasure ( money) and talents can we offer to God today?

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us

            Sin acts as a barrier between us and God, as well as damaging relationships with others.

              So today we take the opportunity to confess our sin and thank God for his forgiveness. The woman who came to shed hear tears onto Jesus feet was someone who recognised that she had been forgiven much. The Psalmist says that the one whose sin forgiven and whose iniquity the Lord doesn’t count against them is blessed. On Good Friday we remember the cost of our forgiveness, and so we can take time to meditate on this and thank Jesus for his love shown to us.

              Take time to thank God for the cross where we find forgiveness, and where our gratitude to Jesus should lead us to forgive others. Holding onto unforgiveness harms us and keeps us from enjoying peace with God. Spend a moment asking God to help you to forgive those who have harmed you if this is difficult.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

          Today we pray for God’s grace in the battle we face. This may lead us to look for grace for our own struggles, but we can also pray wider that Lord may help us in our battle for a more just and peaceful society or even world.

          So we can take time engaging with issues that already trouble us and know about. Or you can ask God to lay on your heart any injustices that we can pray for and act upon.There is much information about, as well as charities engaged with, these issues in the world. You may already be involved with Christian Aid, Tear Fund to the International Justice Mission or another organisation. Find out their prayer needs and go to it!

          You could also focus on more local charities and issues, like homelessness, child poverty, human trafficking.

For Yours is the Kingdom the Power and the Glory

                    Easter Saturday reminds us that there is a wait to enter into the full realisation of the resurrection. For the first disciples this was a time of confusion, disappointment and pain. You can take this opportunity also to pray for those who live with this tension - the bereaved, those suffering with illness, those disillusioned by life’s circumstances.

          As we approach Easter Sunday we remember all that the resurrection has achieved for us. We will live without fear of death, and we have an eternal hope that can never perish spoil or fade.

          Enter into the joy of the resurrection, read Ephesians 1 v 15 -22 as a prayer. Pray this for your loved ones, friends, neighbours, our city, our nation even our world. Praise God that more people are finding Jesus each day across the world. Pray that this Easter more may encounter the Risen Christ.