Directions on Praying

I’ve been asked to write on ways to pray, but I turn primarily to the scriptures, plus Biblical explanation and examples from others.

Sisters, let us look at Luke 18:1 first:

“Then he spoke a parable to them about how they should always pray, and not become discouraged,” ULB-EN

This is just the beginning of one of Jesus’ parables, but here Jesus is encouraging us to keep on praying and not give up.

Also, take a look at what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13:

9 “Therefore pray like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be sanctified.
10  May your kingdom come.
May your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11  Give us today our daily bread.
12  Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13  And do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14  For if you forgive people their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15  But if you do not forgive their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ULB-EN

This is also often referred to as the “Model Prayer”, and although we can pray this prayer back to our Heavenly Father, we also use it as a form to pray. For more on this and Luke 18:1, let me encourage you to listen to Pastor Robert Elliot’s 3rd message at the 2016 Family Conference I have spoken of before: “A Parable of Persistent Prayer”.

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