What is Prayer and Why Pray?(Part 2)

Matthew 6:11 – The Lord’s Prayer

Last week we looked at the first three petitions in Matthew 6:9 and 10 which focus on the glory of God. Today we’ll take a deeper look at the first of the second three petitions which focus on our personal needs.

Matthew 6:11 (NKJV)
Give us this day our daily bread.

Now that we have put God’s interests first we come to present our own needs. By doing it in this order we acknowledge our dependence on Him for everything.

“Our daily bread” – what does it mean or what does it stand for?

It’s not just talking about food for our physical body but also food for our spiritual well-being. We are also putting our other physical and personal needs at His feet. We know that our Lord will provide for all our needs.

Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

What would that look like in practice?

Before asking though I still start with thanksgiving like:

  • Thank you Lord for providing for all our daily needs and beyond

Then, I put forward my requests for the day:

  • Please guide me in all my decisions today (health, financial, kids, …)
  • Please strengthen me today so that all my chores may be done with Your help
  • Please comfort …
  • Please guide …
  • Please protect …
  • Please give me wisdom …
  • Please give me understanding …
  • Please teach me and guide me to be an obedient child of yours

Will the Father honor those requests? Yes, He will!

One of my personal needs is for Him to keep my mouth shut when it needs to be shut and open it when it needs to be open; and when it opens, I am asking Him to, let the words from my lips and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in His sight. May the Lord fill my heart with His presence and word because out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Proverbs 21:23 (NKJV)
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

Luke 6:45 (NIV)
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

What are your personal requests to the Lord?
Do you give praise to the Lord before you put forth your requests?
Feel free to leave me a comment; I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

May our hearts rejoice in the Lord always!

I hope this post is an encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord.

Philippians 1:9-11 (NKJV)
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

To God be the Glory!

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