What do you say when you don't know how or what to pray?
Have you ever found yourself in moments and situations where you want to pray and don’t know how to or you have a need but know what to say?
Well, you are not alone. Many people all over the world, believers and unbelievers alike sometimes find themselves faced with the challenge of wanting to talk to God but being at a loss of words.
A few weeks back, I found myself in a very difficult and almost impossible situation. I have been a believer for many years now but during the storm I was facing, I didn't know what to say to God.
I then turned to the Bible as I often do when looking for answers and I read the passage found in Matthew where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray.
Truthfully, I hadn't said the Lord's prayer meaningfully in years. Most times when it was said in church, I just mumbled the words along but I didn't put any soul or heart to the words.
Until, I found myself in situation where I didn't have anything to say to God except the Lord's prayer.
Since those many weeks back when I read the prayer in Matthew, I have said the Lord's prayer countless times.
I have found that it's not just a recital. The words contained therein are powerful words.
As, I was preparing to write this post, I checked my Bible again and I found another version of the prayer in Luke.
The prayer found in Luke is much simpler than the the prayer found in Matthew but I love them both.
Nowadays, I fully understand and appreciate why Jesus taught his followers this prayer.
The Lord’s prayer is a very powerful prayer and it basically summaries all we could ever ask the Lord.
So, the next time you find yourself wanting to talk to God but not knowing how to (and life does throw such moments our way) or when all you can do is groan inwardly or just cry, why don’t you say the Lord’s prayer?
It’s a very effective, efficient and quick way to talk to God and make your needs known.
7. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
Also published on Medium.