Spiritual Emphasis Week
Thank you to our Middle and High School Chaplain Pastor John Smith for providing these resources.
This is how you should pray…
Jesus, in Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. Praise and Thanksgiving .
Prayer starts with a God-focus, not a self-focus. The purpose is to make us God-aware. Think about God, quietly feel God’s Presence. Praise God for Who He is (both loving and holy), and thank God for what He has done for you. Don’t move on until you sense God’s Presence.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Submission
Affirm in prayer that You live for the Kingdom of God.
Submit to the will of God.
Surrender your day and all that it holds to Christ living in you and through you.
Give us today our daily bread. Petition and Intercession
Now we get around to our needs!
Notice… give us. All the pronouns in the Lord’s Prayer are plural.
Lay your needs before God (we call that Petition). Be specific in asking.
Lay the needs of others before God (that’s Intercession). Pray for people by name!
And forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Forgiveness
Confess your sins and failures. Take your time, and let the Holy Spirit search your life. Also, let the Spirit bring to mind anyone with whom you are resentful or angry. Ask for forgiveness from God and a right heart toward others.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One. Holy Living
You’re getting ready now to go out into the world! Pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to live a righteous life, with victory over temptations and the evil influences of our culture.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Commitment
Note: Some of the original Greek texts of Matthew add this ending. Not a bad way to end your prayer time, committing yourself to live for the Lord! “I’m all Yours, God… my life, my relationships, my attitudes, and my actions.”