Today I am touched and reminded about how to pray when I read Luke 11. In it the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples how to pray. In it Jesus gives them what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. Joyce Meyers puts a footnote outlining the points of prayer found in this. They are: worship, intercession, repentance, surrender, praise and petition. I don’t think God is going to be judging us if we don’t follow exactly this outline, but He does want us to include these elements in our daily communing with Him.
I also love how Christ goes on to tell His disciples to be diligent when praying. He tells them of the one who comes in the middle of the night to get help from a friend. At first he is turned away but he is diligent in his requests until the needs are met. Christ says we are to be this way as we come to God in prayer.
All of this has been good for me to reread. Being diligent in prayer hasn’t always been easy for me. Yes, I pray each day but holding things before God in intercession and petition is a discipline I’ve needed to grow. I want to be a good and faithful servant who remembers all of Christ’s instructions in how I pray.