The model prayer also focuses on the issues of temptations to sin and deliverance from pitfalls of evil behavior. This prayer boldly requests God to never lead us into temptation and to deliver us from evil. Such a prayer shows determination to stop sinful practices before they get a permanent grasp on our own lives.
There are severe consequences by being deceived by sin and being entrapped in destructive forces. Jesus directly acknowledged that only the power of God can stop the damaging existence of sins. Jesus encouraged His disciples to will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear.
How will our own personal prayers improve immediately with the use of Jesus’ model prayer? Can we measure spiritual growth with the strength of the model prayer? We as a community of believers must tell others of the forgiveness that can be received through Jesus Christ with faith-filled prayers. We can pray for spiritual maturity to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. After checking our motives when we pray, we are to make sure that they match God’s will.
Are we only praying when troubles hit us? Tapping into this inexhaustible heavenly resource enables and empowers us as believers beyond our limited imaginations! Pray much during happy times and as believers keep praying at regular times daily. Prayer is a most powerful resource.
All of our prayers must acknowledge that God’s will is supreme. It is not our will, but that thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Our lives are filled with good and bad times, joys, and sorrows and prayer is always the most appropriate response for us as believers. Most importantly, prayer allows believers to maintain direct communication with God. Prayer expresses trust that God will continue to use His resources for our good!
Mrs. Gladys McElmore, a resident of Norfolk’s Middle Town Arch Community, is a New Journal and Guide Freelance Contributor on religion. She is a native of Essex County, Va.