Prayer Tips

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.’

Who is Jesus: in the Book of Matthew

In Matthew, Jesus is seen as the anointed messiah, the Christ who came to save his people from their sins. According to chapter one, Jesus is Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” The prophesied Messiah came as a great light to a dark world. Jesus fulfilled several messianic prophecies in his birth alone. (See Micah 5:2, Is 7:14) People (especially the religious rulers) should have easily seen that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah that was coming to save them. The Messiah spoke with authority, unlike the religious rulers. He was able to forgive the sins of people. As the Messiah, He came this time to die on the cross for the sins of the world, later he will return as a ruler that will set up his everlasting kingdom.

Micah 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.