Teach us to pray the disciples asked Jesus. For they have monitored his prayer life; they have seen Him go all night praying in power and great glory, they have seen His great burden for prayers, but they knew not how to pray like Him. They probably knew how to ask for forgiveness, they probably knew prayer of thanksgiving. But Lord! “Teach is what you spend all night doing” they said.
I believe Jesus would have put on a warm smile knowing that they have just asked of Him one of the most important subject matters. Oh! Yes! Prayer is larger than earthly life to a man who wants to inherit eternal life.
Jesus look at them and started. He said: “When you pray say:”
1. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
The beginning of all forms of prayer is with thanks and praises unto God. Praises may come in form of songs or uttered words to magnify the majesty of Him who we stand before. God delights in praises and thanksgiving.
In this part we magnify His name. We thank Him for our life and that of the people around us. We thank Him for His provisions, thank Him for the battles and challenges we have faced and the once we still face. We thank God for His glorious plans for us and the Church. We do this with all our heart to make God know that we acknowledge His Omnipotence.
2. Your kingdom come
The plan of God since creation has been for His Kingdom to come upon man. Praying this prayer is a reminder to God of His eternal promises. We have to soberly remind God of our many groaning and pains for His kingdom. We have to practically tell Him: “Oh! Lord Come quick”.
Will it make Him to come quicker? Yes! For there is absolute no prayer we pray that is not answered by God if we are what we are supposed to be. If the Church was what it is supposed to be, we can make rapture closer when we cry out and say “Thy Kingdom Come”.
3. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
God has a plan, He has a will and He has a purpose. A plan for us, a plan for the church and a plan for the world. This prayer is very important. We have to pray hard with tears for the will of God to be done in our lives, in the life of the Church and in the world.
It is here that we seek guidance and direction in life. It is here that we tell God not to desert us; else, we will fall out of His divine plan and purpose.
In this prayer point or topic we also bind and destroy powers that fight against the will of God, and powers that try to lead us out of God’s plans. What do I mean?
In 1 Chronicles 2, Satan rose up and manipulated David with pride. Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. This act annoyed God; so he punished Israel.
The will of God was for David to continue trusting in God, but Satan manipulated him out of God’s plan and will. There are many people like David who are under spells and manipulations of the powers of darkness. These powers has caused them to sit out of the God’s plan. We need to break the jinx and manipulative energy of Satan and his warlocks in our lives.
In Daniel 10:13, Daniel spent days and times before God in prayers. God had answered him and sent an angel to reveal to him secretes. The Prince of Persia who is the head of demons in Persia resisted the Angel. It was so until a greater angel came and overcame the ruler of darkness in Persia and Daniel got his message.
There are powers of darkness that does not want us to reach the place God wants us to reach. There are powers that contend with our visions and purpose in life. There are powers that fight the will of God for our brothers and sisters. There are powerful spirits that contend with the Church concerning God’s will.
Take a look at the Church, do we really think that we are where God wants us to be? There is absolutely no way we are where God wants us to be. Hence, there is dire need to pray until we are in the right position as individuals, as family members and as ‘the church’.
This practical prayer point is as vast as the Spirit shall give us inspiration and utterance. But it is started by saying “Oh God! Let your will be done in my life as you have planned it in heaven”. Amen!