In Jesus greatest sermon, He took time to talk about one of the most important spiritual disciplines for His followers. Prayer was a huge part of Jesus’ life and should characterize every follower of Christ.
Wouldn’t it be great if prayer just came easily and naturally to us? Unfortunately, most of the time it doesn’t. In fact, prayer is commonly described as an area of struggle for most believers. It’s a discipline. It’s something that we work at and develop over the course of our walk with Jesus.
In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus tells us how NOT to pray, and then gives us a model prayer to follow as we pray. In this beautiful prayer, we learn that how we approach God is important. We come to Him as a loving Father that deeply cares about every aspect of our lives. We come to Him as an all-powerful God that wants to rule and reign in every area of our lives. We come to Him as a holy God that is worthy of reverence and awe.
Jesus was kind to give us a model prayer. May we approach our Heavenly Father with the same heart that Jesus taught us!