Prayer is not just a one way street.
It’s a two way conversation between you and God. You speak to God, and God speaks to you through the Bible, through conversations with others, and through experiences. This is one reason why community with other believers is so important: Further understanding of God’s will, and His plan.
So, how do you have a conversation with God? Speak scripture to yourself! Jesus left us with an awesome template for how we are supposed to communicate with Him! () Sure, we can pray the Lord’s prayer word for word – by itself it’s a great reminder of His love for us, and His provision, and it’s a wonderful communication tool. It’s also an effective outline for communicating with the Lord.
If you’ve never tried this before, I’d challenge you to do so sometime soon. Use the Lord’s prayer as an outline for discussing the events of your life and current situation with your Father.
“Our Father, in heaven, Hallowed be your name” – Lift Him up! Set yourself beneath Him! Father, you are greater than everything else, you are the Lord of all. You are amazing; all I have is from you, all I have is yours! Father God, Your will is greater than mine – Your will set my paths straight! I know that my plans are but nothing to what you have in store. Lead me Father! Today, I witnessed your greatness and provision in such an amazing way! Thank you so much for the sacrifice that you, that your son, took in my place – you have forgiven me for so much; even my best is but refuse before you. Forgive me for my transgressions Lord, for they are many, and help me to show that same forgiveness to others. Lord, set my paths straight, that I may come to know you and do your works on this earth.
9 Pray then like this:
“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 this day 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 evil. (ESV)