Daily Devotional 6-20-19

Prayer-Power Connection
By Julie White  
 
Lord teach us to pray. Luke 11:1
 
Jesus gave stunning prayer promises and He set a compelling prayer example. He prayed before He ate. He prayed for children. He prayed alone and in crowds. He prayed for the sick. He prayed with thanks. He prayed with tears. He prayed in the desert, cemetery, and garden. He had made the planets and shaped the stars, yet He prayed. He is the Lord of Angels and Commander of heavenly hosts, yet He prayed. He is co-equal with God, the exact representation of the Holy One, yet He devoted Himself to prayer.  
 
The disciples witnessed Jesus find strength in prayer, banish fear through prayer, defy storms in prayer, and, being depleted, ascend a mountain to pray and then come off that mountain invigorated with the authority of a prince! When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, I believe it was at that moment, that they made the prayer-power connection.
 
Here is the prayer Jesus taught the disciples and still teaches His followers today:
 
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen (Matthew 6:9-13).
 
What strikes me is the beautiful simplicity and the brevity of it. The Lord’s Prayer cites praise (for God’s glory), requests for help, forgiveness (for our good), lifting up of others (for the good of others), and thanks. It is the attitude in which we pray that is important; the creating of conditions of our heart that inspire the desire to pray.
 
Prayer is a personal, sincere conversation between a Father and his child. Prayer is not a method to persuade God to do something. God is trying to persuade us! He wants to do something for us and He’s trying to get us in a position to receive it. Trust that He wants to talk with you; so say hello! Turn on the power and let the conversation begin!
 
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, grant me an attitude of constant prayer. Help me remember that prayer is not the art of a chosen few, but is the very heart of a personal relationship with You.