Prayer For Dummies

If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t know how to pray or what to pray about when you ran out of needs to bring to God, you’re not alone. I’ve been there. I’ve often wished there was a helpful book called, “Prayer For Dummies” that we could use to go deeper. Thankfully, there is.

The Lord thought of everything when He guided men by His Spirit to put the sciptures together that we now call the Bible. While the Bible isn’t laid out in a step by step format on how to pray it does relay to us key principles of prayer by modeling through those actually praying to God in the Bible. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray he taught them by modeling prayer. Many know that prayer as “The Lord’s Prayer.” (Matt. 6:9-13)

Prayer for dummies

We can go on to read countless prayers prayed by Jesus and other Apostles: John, Paul, James. And it’s in these prayers that we can be mentored by these founding fathers of our faith. How? By reading and reflecting on these recorded holy moments and taking the time to reflect on the truths, requests and motivations in these prayers. In them we find a guide map of how we can pray deeper and bigger prayers.

Take some time and slowly read through Paul’s Prayer to the church in Ephesus:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom  every family  in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to  the riches of his glory  he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit  in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being  rooted and  grounded in love,  and to know the love of Christ  that surpasses knowledge, that  you may be filled with all  the fullness of God.  Now to  him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,  according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-17, 19-21 ESV)

Now do this, go back through this prayer and think through all that He’s asking God to do. Jot on a sheet of paper or type them in your smart phone. As you do you’ll notice these aren’t just specific needs for that church, in that time. They transcend all time. Take some time applying these deep requests in Paul’s prayer into your personal prayer time. Write out your own prayer to God praying these Christ honoring truths.

I’m praying with you.

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