How to Pray
Sometimes prayer is challenging because we don’t know what to talk about. So, we fall into the trap of rushed prayers, focusing on our immediate needs. Jesus’ first followers were confused about prayer because the religious leaders of their day were very poor models when it came to prayer. One day they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. In this famous prayer, called the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus offers a framework that can guide our prayers.
First, read the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13, then use the following outline to guide your prayers.
Six Parts of Prayer
1. Praise: Begin by expressing your love to God (Matthew 6:9)
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
2. Purpose: Commit yourself to God’s purpose and will for your life (Matthew 6:10)
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
3. Provision: Ask God to provide for your needs. (Matthew 6:11)
“Give us today our daily bread.”
4. Pardon: Ask God to forgive your sins (Matthew 6:12)
“And forgive us our sins…”
5. People: Pray for other people (Matthew 6:12)
“…as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”
6. Protection: Ask for spiritual protection (Matthew 6:13)
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Daily Prayer Focus Ideas
Sunday – Pray for ONE
Pray for one. ANYONE! Tell God you don’t care who it is. Just ask for ONE! One opportunity to express the love of God. One person you can invite with you to church. A general prayer for One will put you on high alert for who God might put before you each day. Life gets exciting when you are on the steady lookout for opportunities to express God’s love.
Monday – For Spiritual renewal
As you begin the week, pray that God would open your eyes and your heart to Him more and give clarity to what it means for you to be ALL IN in every area of your life. Pray He gives you the discipline to read His Word and pray each day during 21 Days of Prayer and that He uses this time to grow you spiritually. Pray that He would use your time of fasting to develop this deep, satisfying connection with Him and pray for ONE.
Tuesday – Your family
Ask God to do miracles of healing and provision in the lives of your family and friends. Pray for God’s blessing on your family (spouse, children, grandchildren, grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc.) Pray that God helps to mend broken relationships with family members and pray for ONE.
Wednesday – Your Needs
Ask God to provide and believe that He is at work in your finances, and relationships, and your health. He cares about every aspect of your life. Pray for ONE.
Thursday – Be thankful
Make each Thursday a “Thankful Thursday!” Praise God as the One Who provides for you. Think of all the ways – big and small – that God has blessed you this day…this week…this year and thank Him for the blessings. Pick 3 people you’re especially thankful for and pray for them by name. Pray for ONE.
Friday – Our nation, state and county leaders
Pray for America, President Donald Trump as he continues to lead the country. Pray for Congress, the Supreme Court, and other leaders of our country. Pray for Florida – state, county, and city elected officials of our state. Pray for Broward County, county and city elected officials, our schools, police and fire departments. Pray for ONE.
Saturday – Our church
Pray for Community Christian Church and the ministry that will take place in 2019. Pray for Pastor Scott Eynon and our entire team of pastors, Elders, and ministry directors. Pray that God guides our staff and Elders as they lead our church family.
Pray for Cannonball and for more and more people to go ALL IN and join us on the is journey of transformation. Pray that every little ripple and every major wave created by our church would point people to Jesus and bring Him glory! Thank God for all the people who have found hope here at Community already and pray for those who will as a result of you going ALL IN.
Pray for all the missionaries and mission organizations we support as they teach the gospel and share the love of Jesus all around the world and for our extended impact as a result of Cannonball. Pray for those considering going on our 2019 Mission Trips here. Pray for our local Community Impact partners and the very real difference they are making in the lives of those in Broward County.
Pray for ONE.