You may ask, "What are we to pray for?" Jesus gave us a template to guide us in our prayer life.
While there is nothing wrong with reciting the prayer as a group, audibly, it was intended as a guide - an example as to what to pray for. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:26 that the Holy Spirit gives us help as He translates our desires and evening groaning to God.
Also, it is essential that our prayers be given in the name of Jesus (John 14:13-14)
1 Our prayers are to begin with a fervent acknowledgment of Who God is -- and express our intimacy with Him.
2. Our prayers are to acknowledge His location -- While God is omnipresent, He is on his throne in Heaven - in complete control
"Which art in Heaven"
3. Our prayers are to contain absolute reverence and praise to God the Father
"Hallowed be thy name."
4. Our prayers are to contain our anticipation and longing for that grand and glorious millennial reign of Christ on earth.
"Thy Kingdom come."
5. Our prayers are to contain the pleading for our desires to conform to His desires
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."
6. Our prayers are to contain only the request of our sustenance just for today -- nothing is said about tomorrow.
"Give us this day our daily bread."
7 Our prayers are to contain our earnest plea for forgiveness from Him, and the willingness and desire to forgive others
"Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors."
8. Our prayers are to contain our requests for protection from and willingness to overcome temptation.
"Lead us not into temptation."
9. Our prayers are to contain our plea to be delivered from the onslaught of Satan and evil.
"But deliver us from evil."
10. Our prayers are to conclude with fervent acknowledgment of the overwhelming, awesome power and glory of God.
"For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever."
11, Our prayers should always express our desire for requests to be done - (so be it Lord)
The prayer for wisdom is always not only in order, but essential to a fervent prayer life. Note Solomon's prayer in 1 Kings 3:9 as he was about to embark on a 40 years reign of Israel: "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?"
Paul Gauntt currently serves as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Palmer.