Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us an example regarding how to pray. His disciples ask Him one day on their journey saying, “Lord, teach us to Pray just as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Apparently, the disciples of the Lord had heard Him pray many times and desired to have the same personal relationship with God the Father.
Just as the body needs food, rest and exercise so the body also need spiritual food for the soul and spirit through daily prayer and reading God’s Word in the Bible. Paul once confess: “We do not know what we ought to pray for.” We must learn to put God first. The Lord gave his disciples a model prayer recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. Scripture verses notes that God delights in hearing and answering our prayers. We are asked to pray in His will and knowing His will means reading the Bible daily and waiting patiently for His answer. The Lord says, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain (problem), ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20-21). All problems are the same size to the LORD God.
The LORD God’s timing is infallible. Every being of our life is taken into account. If the Lord decides to delay an answer to our request, that delay will prove to be for our good (Hebrews 12:10). His action or delay may be that He has something much better in store for us, or because He wants to achieve something in our lives that can help us and others He sends our way.
As we spiritually mature in our prayer life and get to know our heavenly Father, we will learn to love and trust His perfect and complete will for our lives. The Lord our God prepares His servant’s daily through prayer and daily reading His holy Word. As the Lord Jesus Christ said one day to his disciples, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7).
Scripture Verses on Prayer in your Bible:
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily brad. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:2, 3, 4)
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16:23-24)
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit in deed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
Further Scripture Verses
Lord, You are always with me. Thank You for never leaving my side, even for a moment. Thank you for giving me another day of life; let me celebrate this day by giving glory to Your name and by praying for others in need. Help me to read Your holy Word daily according to Your perfect and complete will. Please enable me to live each moment to the fullest, totally committed to Your will. Amen.
All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James and New King James Version of the Bible.
By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Contributor for Moments of Meditation and Spiritual Readings; email: firstname.lastname@example.org