Day 4: Prayer
Read it: Matthew 6:6-13
When I was 12 years old I wrote a short prayer on a piece of cardstock with some markers. It was a prayer for a Dad. I stuck it up on my wall and prayed that prayer hundreds of times over the next couple years, until God answered it in the most amazing way. I burned that piece of cardstock at my mom’s wedding, I burned it with a dad who was everything I asked God for.
Prayer is powerful! I have seen this in my life more times than I can count.
I love this passage of scripture. Arguably the most well known verses in the Bible, it is not simply just something to recite but also a model to shape our prayer life around. I like to call it the ultimate template that Jesus posted for us to follow.
- Worship The Lord and Praise Him – Verse 9
- Invite The Lord – Verse 10
- Ask for Daily Strength – Verse 11
- Seek Forgiveness After Forgiving Others – Verse 12
- Reliance on God for Victory – Verse 13
We all have verses that are easy to follow, we all have verses that we really wrestle with. Our prayer lives often reflect those strengths and ignore those areas of challenge. How life-changing would it be if we prayed in those areas of challenge everyday!
The discipline of prayer is one of consistency. Consistency breeds growth and breakthrough! Actively seeking to become powerful prayer warriors, we can truly shift not only our lives but the lives of those around us!
I pray that each and every one of us are challenged and emboldened to transform our prayers through worship, humility, reverence, and total surrender.