21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Day 1

Day 1: January 10

Read: Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘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 today 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 the evil one.’”

Reflect: These verses are commonly referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus is giving to us a model of what sincere prayer looks like. The previous verses to these show the sharp rebuke of Jesus concerning heartless, empty words that some people were calling prayer. As a model for genuine prayer, we discover that prayer is addressing God with reverence and a willingness to know and follow His will. It is to commit our needs to relying on His provision. Sincere prayer involves receiving His grace, offering that same grace to others, and to be renewed in His power to live out His will successfully by overcoming the opposition of our enemy, Satan. Sincere prayer is not nearly as much about the words we speak, but more about the heart with which we approach our conversation and communion with our Heavenly Father.

Respond: What is your present heart concerning prayer? And what can you incorporate that will move you forward into a stronger prayer discipline?

Request: Lord, may you search my heart and reveal to me my true attitude concerning prayer and personal communion with you. And with that understanding, I ask that you will give me the true heart of prayer in all its power and privilege

1 Comment

Daniel - January 11th, 2022 at 7:04pm

I realize there are times when I don’t pray about something because I feel like it’s insignificant and not worth bothering God over. Rather than giving it to God knowing He is bigger. I can see how that can potentially hinder the closeness of my relationship with God. In a sense putting Human limitations on God when I think my issues are not worth his time.