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All too often we complicate things in life. We make them harder than they really are.
This is true with prayer. Many people don’t have a consistent prayer life because they don’t really know how to have one. They are intimidated by it.
Jesus gave us a beginner’s guide to prayer. One of Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them about prayer. In response, Jesus gave us The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is more than a prayer to be recited. It’s actually a simple pattern of prayer that teaches us exactly how to pray in a way that gets results.
Take a look at the first lesson of prayer Jesus gave. It’s found in Matthew 6:9 (NIV) “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…’”
Jesus taught us to begin our prayers with praise. Before you ask God for anything, start by thanking Him for the blessings in your life. Pause, think and then verbalize your love to God for all He has done for you, and for who He is. Honor Him for His greatness, His power, His love, and His wisdom.
I encourage people who are beginning a daily prayer habit to start with 1 to 2 minutes of praise. Simply tell God what you appreciate about Him and what you’re grateful for. It is called “hallowing God’s name!” You’ll soon find that praise lifts your spirit and adjusts your perspective in a very positive way. Before long, your praise time will grow. It will become a key part of your daily time with God.