THE LORD’S PRAYER – MATTHEW 6:9-13 (NKJV)
CONNECT WITH GOD RELATIONALLY
“Our Father in Heaven” –Take a moment and make sure your focus is on God alone. This could be as simple as saying, “Good Morning God.”
WORSHIP HIS NAME
“Hallowed be Your Name” – You could play a worship song, or recite the words of your favorite chorus or hymn. He is great, so let Him know you believe in Him.
PRAY HIS AGENDA FIRST
“Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” – Before you get into your needs ask God for help in seeing life through His perspective. Pray for the topic provided by the church on the weekly prayer guide or on Social Media (@crfirstassembly @CedarRapidsFirst).
DEPEND ON HIM FOR EVERYTHING
“Give us this day our daily bread” – Take some time and pray for the needs (relational, financial, emotional, etc.) in your life and for those close to you. Believe that God will give you what you need to thrive today.
FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVEN
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” – Clean up the relational baggage you carry. Ask God to forgive you for the ways you’ve tried to make life work without Him. Extend that same forgiveness to those who have cost you undue time in your emotional focus.
ENGAGE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE
“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” – Pray in the Spirit. Pray for your kids, spouse, family members, neighbors, co-workers, etc. . Pray that God will protect others and that He will push back the darkness the enemy brings into our world.
EXPRESS FAITH IN GOD’S ABILITY
“For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” – Believe that God is who He says He is. Align your trust with His purposes and go for it!