Lord, Teach Us to Pray

The LORD our God prayed without ceasing during His walk on earth as our blessed redeemer and savior. He prayed to God the Father consistently every day. Just imagine putting the LORD first in your heart every morning and evening. He so graciously waits to hear from you through the power of prayer. As you commit yourself to God each day, He will work in your heart to provide for your needs according to His perfect and complete will.

 

It is my prayer that this message will help encourage you to draw nearer to the LORD and live out His plans for your life on earth. This can happen by living the LORD’s way . . . one day at a time. For the LORD says, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).

 

For we know that tomorrow is not promised to no one. Therefore, it is better to give the various areas of your life to the LORD . . . one day at a time. Read your bible daily and keep in your heart the LORD God’s promises and jewels of wisdom for your soul, mind and spirit. Be willing to change and grow in the scripture verses in God’s Word daily. Be encouraged to follow the LORD step by step and day by day in handling your problems or challenges. Most of all, know that God is love and that He cares for you. Put your trust and faith in Him alone. If you believe that your prayers are not answered, let me reassure you that the LORD God hears and answers our prayers. You should never give up. For the LORD our God says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

 

The LORD will shower His blessings upon you through the power of prayer. “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). Prayer increases your faith in the LORD our God and helps ease your burdens. Prayer can open your heart to His love, joy, and peace and encourage you when your days are filled with anxiety and stress. Prayer can change your life and the ones you pray for. Prayer can give you contentment and improve your relationship with others. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

 

Scriptural Verses

 

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3–4)

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge His, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6)

 

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34)

 

“So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”

(Acts 21:14)

 

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

 

“And when He had sent the multitudes sway, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” (Matthew 14:23)

 

“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)

 

“Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24)

 

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

 

“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, (Peter) and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31)

 

“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21)

 

“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God.’” (Mark 11:22)

 

“Then He (Jesus) said to the women, ‘Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.’” (Luke 7:50)

 

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

 

“I called on the LORD in destress; the LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:5–6)

 

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

 

Prayer

Father, please draw me closer to you. Help me to know that You are near and that you hear me when I pray. Give me Your strength and courage every day. Amen.

 

All Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

 

By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Contributor for Moments of Meditation and Spiritual Readings; email: cburns@naavets.org