Sorry for missing out on a post last week. I was busy and the little free time I had was used to enjoy the Alaskan Wilderness on a couple of hikes with my beautiful wife and adoptive daughter (black hair, two feet tall, brown eyes, four legs, and a tail).
It is really amazing when you find something that will bring you to a point of total humility and praise to God. That is the outdoors for me. The same hike, drive, or ATV ride will always render a new experience that leaves you completely awestruck in view of what God has created.
I truly hope that you are able to do the same. Find a place where you can worship God and make a habit out of it. For many people though, the problem is that they do not really know how to pray and/or what to pray for. I ask you not to take this the wrong way. I am not a ‘professional prayer’ nor am I completely knowledgeable on how to speak with God. You need to talk to Him how you are most comfortable and how you believe you are connected to Him.
In the next five posts I will discuss and break down the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus responds to His disciples when they ask Him how to pray with what we find in Matthew 6:9-13:
“Our Father in heaven, hollowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Even though some of us pray this prayer almost weekly, Jesus set this prayer up to be the blueprints for what to pray. Memorizing and praying the Lord’s Prayer is a great way to connect with God. However, I strongly believe that Jesus was giving us a general outline for some overall points to hit on when speaking with Him. Again, I am not a professional prayer coach or anything of that sort. I am just sharing my feelings of how I view prayer and hope that it may help reach out to those of you who may need/want a new/different perspective prayer.