Thoughts on proper prayer.

IMG_4356Talking to God through prayer and meditation has many benefits.  As a leader, it’s paramount to our success that we remain vigilant in this effort.  When we falter in our daily communication with Him, we lose focus.  God gives us the proper way to pray in Matthew 6: 9-13.  The Lord’s Prayer is the perfect outline.  Here are three things about prayer that will lead to the proper utilization of this divine interaction.

Proper prayer starts with respect and reverence for God.  Make no mistake, you are communicating with the master of the universe.  The creator of heaven and earth.  It’s not a time to be entered into lightly.  Respect not only who you are talking to, but the way in which you do it. “Hallowed be His name”.

I am learning that proper prayer should alwaays include praying for yourself.  It’s not selfish, but very necessary.  If you aren’t right in your heart and aligned with His will, how can you expect to offer up a proper prayer?  When your spirit doesn’t line up with God’s will, your prayers won’t line up either.  Cleanse your heart of all unrighteousness at the top of your time with God.  “Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we forgive…”.

Proper prayer almost always leads to praying for others.  As individuals, we are linked by our inner need for community and a primal brotherhood.  We should extend the holy barrier of thought and prayer around those near and far.  You should pray for your Nation and it’s leaders, the same way you pray for your children and loved ones.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.

Bonus – Two final thoughts on proper prayer.  

My Mother and Grandmother used to tell me to be very specific in my prayers.  Include the names of those you pray for and the specific situations you are praying for, which leads to my final thought.

Your prayer doesn’t need to be fancy.  They just need to be true.  Jesus actually warns against this in the verses prior to the passage I’ve cited above.  Check out the beginning of Matthew 6.

Have a great day!