After all the years of abuse and even after going to Sunday school, I didn’t know how to pray. After I discovered there really is a God out there, by whatever name you want to give him, and started my recovery process, the first thing I had to learn was how to pray, That is one of several ways that we communicate with God.
Everything in the Bible tells us that God knows what we need, so asking him for things didn’t make sense. So, what was a prayer for? I had a lot to overcome, and at first, my prayers were pretty clumsy. As time went on, I began to see that I was asking God to do things he had already done and I just couldn’t see them. I began to learn that prayer was to acknowledge that God is supreme, and he has already given us everything we need. One kind of prayer is to ask for his guidance. You know what I need, but I’m not sure I know what I need, so, dear God, please show me the way. This is where the “still small voice” comes in. When we ask for guidance, he gives us ideas.
I love this quote from, Science and Health, with key to the Scriptures, Page 1:10 “Thoughts unspoken are not unknown to the divine Mind. Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.”
Jesus gave us a wonderful prayer and started it with, “After this manner pray ye.” Matt. 6.
The Lord’s Prayer is an outline for prayer. It’s a beautiful prayer, and all our prayers should be patterned after it. This is what the LORDS Prayer means to me.
Our Father which art in heaven,
I learned that all my prayers should start by declaring God’s omnipotence and my inseparable relation to him, as I stated in my blog about Steadfast Thought.
Hallowed be thy name.
God is wonderful, supreme, the only power there is. If God is infinite, then there is no room for any other power. I had to declare when I prayed that God is the only power there is.
Thy kingdom come.
I had to declare God’s ever-presence and know that his Kingdom is within me, here and now.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
To me, this means that heaven can be experienced here on earth. I needed to make sure my motives for prayer were true and pure. As long as I make sure I am expressing God’s qualities Heaven is not something I need to wait for. When God rules my life, and I remember that it is not my will, but His to be done, then Harmony prevails. So when I pray, I have to know that this is true.
Give us this day our daily bread;
Bread is nourishment, and in the bible when they talk about breaking bread that means to share, but what Jesus shared is spiritual nourishment. It is a means of survival not just physically but spiritually. I knew this spiritual nourishment was the most important thing in my life. It was leading me out of the darkness and into the light. So when I pray, I need to acknowledge this.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
This is a good one as I knew I couldn’t solve my problems without exposing them. I started to realize that there was something in my thought that needed to be corrected. I finally discovered the root of the problem was what I believed, and that I had to correct the belief we had to suffer for our sins forever. God forgives our sins when we stop sinning. He forgives my shortcomings, so I could see to forgive others.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
Evil is neither person, place nor thing, it is a temptation, we can either accept or reject, but we have no power over what others accept or reject. As a child, I was powerless over the abuse I received. My father accepted evil suggestions and acted on them. I did not have the mental tools it takes to stop it until I was older. I learned that I could not return evil for evil, but it took a while. The whole purpose of evil it to disrupt lives, and I eventually learned not to let evil disrupt my life by robbing me of my joy and peace or mind.
There are other circumstances out there, which come in the form of “mother nature,” that could rob me of my home and possibly even family members. Again, it will try to tempt me with insurmountable lose; it will try to ruin my life, to make me sad and rob me of my joy. But I reject those kinds of temptation now. These things can be hard for a while, but I know God gives me the power to overcome circumstances beyond my control. He delivers us from evil. In my prayer, I had to declare this as true and believe it.
Jesus set a wonderful example for us when he rejected all the devils temptations in Matt. 4:6-10 “ Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
And, last but not least I had to end my prayers by reaffirming God as All in All.
If I pray like this and hold my thought Steadfast to this truth, and never give up, whatever I pray for will come into my life. I had to remember God is not there to give me things, but for my guidance. Jesus said, “. . . If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matt. 17:20. Well, I don’t see myself moving any mountains, but I have learned enough to make better choices in my life, and it changed everything for me.
You can do this too. The LORDS Prayer is a powerful prayer; it covers everything we need to make our life better. I hope something spoke to you here. We all deserve a good life, and a little prayer goes a long way.