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When You Pray

by Robert J. Young
©, 2007, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Perhaps you've heard the discussion. Is the prayer Jesus teaches his disciples in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 to be called "The Lord's Prayer"? Or is it better referred to as "The Model Prayer"?

Should Christians today pray that prayer? Are phrases like "thy kingdom come" still valid, or has the kingdom already come? Don't we run the risk of turning prayer into meaningless ritual by reciting rote prayers?

Let me suggest a way that you might use the model prayer Jesus gives as a basis for more meaningful and deeper prayer in your life. It will require that you memorize seven words (or you may use a note card). Here are the words: praise, purpose, plan, provision, pardon, power, protection.

These words or concepts come directly from the prayer. Consider an outline which is sometimes attributed to Elmer Towns.

Instead of limiting your praise to the sanctity and holiness of God's name and nature, why not expand that praise into the overflowing of your heart? Instead of focusing only on the coming kingdom which is mentioned in Jesus' teaching, why not think of all of the ways in which God desires to work out his purpose? What is the will of God that in your life reflects God's unique plan for you? How has God provided?

You have the idea now, don't you? Perhaps this idea will help you expand your communication with God! Let us grow in our prayer life in 2008!


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