Two Things We Can Learn from The Lord’s Prayer
- BEGIN WITH PRAISE
As we learned, there are two reasons for praising God:
- His character: we praise Him for WHO He is.
As you read your Bible, make a list of God’s character qualities that you discover.
Praise Him for those qualities as you pray. For example:
God is Patient II Peter 3:9
God is Merciful Deuteronomy 4:31
God is Just Psalm 111:7
God is Holy Isaiah 6:3
God is Forgiving Nehemiah 9:17
God is Loving I John 4:16
God Knows Everything Ecclesiastes 12:14
Furthermore, the names of God revealed in the Scripture describe a facet of His character. The following eight phrases are English translations of different Hebrew names for God (I won’t bore you with the actual Hebrew names):
- “God is present with me.” Ezekiel 48:35
- God is here. I am not alone.
- “God is my shepherd.” Psalm 23:1
- God leads, feeds and protects me.
- “God is my provider.” Genesis 22:14
- God knows what I need before I even ask.
- “God is my healer.” Exodus 15:26
- God can heal me physically, emotionally and spiritually.
- “God is my righteousness.” Jeremiah 23:6
- God accepts me and forgives me because of what His Son did for me.
- “God is my holiness.” Leviticus 20:8
- God empowers me to be holy and like Jesus.
- “God is my peace.” Judges 6:24
- God can give me peace in spite of my circumstances.
- “God is my banner.” Exodus 17:15
- God is my victory in conflict and confrontation.
As we think through the implications of each of these names, we realize how much we have to praise God for.
- His Actions: We praise Him for what He has done.
Use Prayer Guide No. 1 on page 9 to help you make a list of the people, things and events you have to be thankful for. Remember, James 1:17 (NIV) says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change ….”
- COMMIT MYSELF TO DOING GOD’S WILL
God loves us and wants what’s best for us. So why do we still struggle with surrendering our plans and committing ourselves to His will? It’s a matter of trust and control. First, we have to learn to trust that:
- God knows what is in our best interest.
- God has the power to do what’s in our best interest.
- God will do what’s in our best interest.
Second, we have to be willing to give up control of our lives and submit to His will. This isn’t easy. In fact, in my experience, giving up control isn’t a one-time/once-and-for-all decision. For me, giving up control is a “one day at a time” exercise.
Commit to spending time with God in prayer this week. Focus today on praise and commitment.