Daily Prayer can mean different things to different people. We may choose to pray to God for a loved one each day. We may want to pray for our own needs; a job, a house, a husband or wife. We may decide our daily prayer is going to be focused on the problems of the world and we might ask God to intervene each day to feed the hungry, protect the poor, comfort the weak, shelter the homeless.
In The Holy Bible, we read that Jesus taught His followers to pray daily with a simple prayer which we call The Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Daily Prayer
The gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus taught His disciples this prayer;
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
What does Jesus teach us about Prayer?
The LORD Jesus Christ taught often on the subject of prayer. He was himself a man of prayer and spent much of His time in prayer and communion with His heavenly father during His earthly ministry.
The gospel of Matthew teaches us that Jesus had no time for vain repetition and boastful prayer. Jesus told His disciples;
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. – Matthew 6:5-8 KJV
Make Daily Prayer Your Daily Passion
Whether you pray The LORD’s Prayer as Jesus taught His disciples to pray or whether you pray a different prayer each day – pray with passion, purpose, and belief.
- Jesus looked up to Father when He prayed – so look up!
- Jesus gave thanks to Father when He prayed – so give thanks!
- Jesus expected miracles when He asked Father to answer His prayer – so have faith and expect miracles!
Pray with love, knowing our Father loves His children. Pray with belief, knowing our Father stands behind His Word. Pray with confidence, knowing You are made right with God by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.