Jesus’ Prayer Formula

27 Feb

God’s Word:  (The Message) Matthew 6:7-13  Jesus said,  “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are. Set the world right; do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)prayer

Prayer is the way you knock on the door of the heart of God.  Unfortunately, too often people aren’t seeking advice or wisdom from God, merely pounding on His door, holding out their basket for Him to fill it up.  They simply barge in to tell Him what to do for them–now.

I tried to make it as simple as possible by stating simply the way to come before God in prayer.  Come to honor Him—seeking wisdom to know His heart and will for the world and your life.  Recognize that God knows best—don’t tell Him what you think is best.  Just tell Him your concerns and trust Him to make wise decisions.

Too often people tend to ignore a very important part of prayer—forgiveness.  When a deed of loving kindness is left undone it is something owed but not paid.  Therefore, you need God’s forgiveness.  You are quick to overlook (forgive) your own slights—and quick to begrudge another for theirs.  God allows you freedom is setting your own forgiveness scale with him.  To the extent that you forgive others—He is most willing and eager to forgive you.   Therefore, knock on the door of God’s heart often and allow Him to choose what to put in your basket of wants.  He knows what is best for you. Yes! 

Jesus’ Question for Me: Are your prayers seeking God’s wisdom or giving Him orders?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  Prayer humbly offered to God, seeking his wisdom, is always answered.

My Prayer to God

I praise You for listening to my simple prayers for mercy.

I am sorry I worry when I should pray.

Thank you for caring enough to hear our prayers.

Help me to trust You completely as I come to You in prayer.


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