“Lord, teach us to pray,” was the request of the disciples. They understood the importance of prayer, and how powerful of a tool prayer is for the Christian. So, they wanted Jesus to help them develop a better prayer life.
I too would like to have a better prayer life. Prayer is important and powerful but can be overwhelming especially if our faith is new to us. I’m glad the disciples asked Jesus for this lesson, so you and I have his answer to help teach us.
Here are some tips Jesus gives us in his prayer lesson, assurance God hears us, and 3 reasons why we should pray.
Why should we pray?
We should pray because…
It gives us a chance to talk with our dad.
Prayer is just a conversation with the Lord. It gives us a chance to talk with him about everything. The Bible says God is our Dad and he desires to hear from us. We love talking with our children, so why wouldn’t the Lord love to hear from us?
It gives us a chance to request what we need and want.
Matthew 7:7 says, keep on asking and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.”
It is a powerful tool for us.
James 5:16 says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Does God really answer our prayers?
Yes, we are assured the Lord answers us.
Matthew 7:8 says, “For everyone who asks, receives, everyone who seeks, finds, and to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
The Lord hears our prayers, and he does answer us. Sometimes, the answer is no, but God does always answer us.
An Answer Model to Follow
Here is a model which helps us understand how our prayers are always answered.
- If our request is not best for us or its not time, God says, “No.”
- If the request is right for us, but the timing is wrong, God says, “Wait.”
- If we are not ready for the request, God says, “Grow.”
- When the timing is right, the request is right, and we are ready, God says, “Go.”
Like a caring parent, God will always give us what is best.
Matthew 7:11 says, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
A Lesson in Prayer
A young boy asked his parents for a baby brother, and seeing a perfect opportunity to teach their son a valuable lesson on prayer, the parents said, “Alex, if you pray each morning and evening for one month, you will get a baby brother.”
Alex was all in for a couple weeks. He didn’t miss a prayer time. Each morning and evening he prayed for a baby brother. About the third week, Alex was tired of praying and stopped, but he didn’t say anything to his parents.
The month ended, and Alex’s mom left for a few days. When she came home, she called Alex into her bedroom. Alex entered the room to see his mom sitting on the bed holding her newborn sons. The couple had twins.
“Look at your baby brothers,” mom said. “Aren’t you glad you prayed for one month?”
Alex thought for a moment and responded, “Aren’t you glad I stopped after only two weeks?”
5 Tips to Remember When Praying
Here are 5 tips to remember when praying.
- Our prayers do not need to be fancy.
- We can make requests of the Lord. He will answer in his timing.
- We should always request God’s help.
- We need to pray for ourselves and others.
- We should be honest and unashamed in our prayers.
Think of prayer as if you were talking to your mom or dad or friend. Have a conversation with God just like you would one of them. Share your experience in the comments below.
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