Prayer is one of the toughest disciplines for me. I found this helpful guide for prayer in the booklet “Jesus’ blueprint for prayer” by Haddon Robinson. Maybe, you will find it as helpful for you in your prayer life.
Haddon uses the Lords prayer and breaks in to two halves. The first half of the prayer talks about praying about the “Father”.
The “person” of God: “Your name”….Praise his attributes. He is holy, good, just, all-powerful, all-knowing,…
The “program” of God: “Your kingdom”…Pray for his work to be done.
The “purpose” of God: “Your will”…Pray for his will to be done for his glory.
The second half of prayer talks about praying for the family of God.
Pray for the “provision” of the family of God: “Give us”…asking for basic needs for you and your friends and family.
Pray for “pardon” of your sins: “forgive us” First John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Pray for “protection”: “lead us”..If needed, pray for protection for you or your family.
Matthew 6:9-13 9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
Work has been real slow, so I have had a lot of extra time on my hands. Some people are probably thinking, “I wish I had extra time right now.” There is always something to do (I have no trouble keeping busy), but when work is slow it gets me thinking. This can be dangerous. I start questioning or wondering if I should be doing something different. Should I continue on doing the same type of work, same ministries, ….same town…. the list goes on and on.
Tonight I was thinking about the different men of faith, who made a mark for Jesus in this world. The list of these men could go on and on, but the one who I was really thinking about was George Muller. If you haven’t read about him, I highly encourage you to look him up. This man was a man of prayer. He had strong faith that God would provide for him. He started a bible institute and many orphanages without ever soliciting for money. He would pray and God would answer. My favorite story of his is when there was no food in the orphanage. He had the kids sit down at the table to pray (remember no food), and as he finished praying, there was a knock at the door. It was the baker. God told the baker at 2am to bake some bread for the children. Right after that there was another knock at the door. The milkman’s cart broke down in front of the orphanage. The milkman wanted to give the kids the milk, so he could work on his cart. Again, God had provided for him.
The verse of Scripture that motivated George Muller to start the orphanages was Psalms 81:10 “…Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” In context, the passage is talking about Israel. Israel is worshiping other gods, so God reminds them that He is the one who brought them out of Egypt. God says if you open you mouth wide, I will fill it. The picture that I get here is of a baby eating baby food. The only thing that the baby is thinking is “give me more food”. So his mouth is wide open awaiting whatever his father has for him. Since his mouth was open wide, his father was able to fill his mouth with good things. Sadly though, Israel did not open their mouths for their heavenly father to fill it with good things.
What if we “opened our mouths wide for God to fill it”? What if we prayed with confidence? What if we had faith that could move mountains? What if we were really willing to be used by God?