Jesus tells us through his word about prayer.  Prayer is not for us to act like we know it all and that we are experts in prayer.  But he did leave us examples of how we can have a successful prayer life.  There are three keys will unlock your prayer life to a new dimension; one is “Consistency in Prayer,” two is “Heartfelt Prayers” and three “Humble Prayers.”

Matthew 6:7-13

The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer ignorant.  They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God.  Don’t fall for that nonsense.  This your Father you’re dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.  With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.

I like that saying, “keep it simply stupid” and that’s exactly what Christ meant with the above scripture.  Prayer is not to be complicated but simply and sincere.

Here are the “three keys” to prayer that get results from the word of God:

“Consistency in Prayer”  Jesus was the ultimate example of “consistent prayer.”  He pleaded with his disciples to pray consistently by telling them this story:

Luke 18: 1-7 “message bible”

Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people.  A widow in that city kept after him: “My rights are being violated. Protect me!”  “He never gave her the time of day.  But after this went on and on he said to himself, “I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think.  But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice–otherwise I’m ring to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.”

“Heartfelt Prayers” ‘

When we pray God wants us to mean our words with a sincere heart.  He wants us to feel our prayers with a clean heart and pure motives.  We need to get things right with him before making our request to him.  And he wants us to mean it when we tell people “I will pray for you. Don’t just say it and not mean it.”  That comes from a “pious spirit” which means we are being hypocritical in our prayers. How many times have you told someone nonchalantly “I will pray for you?” You only said it because it was the right thing to say but never felt it in your heart to pray.  I think all of us our guilty of that.  Jesus rebuked the disciple about this exact thing.

Matthew 5:33-37 “message bible”

“And don’t say anything you don’t mean.  This is embedded deep in our traditions.  You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen pious talk, saying, I’ll pray for you, and never doing it, or saying, “God be with you” and not meaning it.  You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace.  In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true.  Just say “yes and no” when you manipulate words to get your way, you go wrong.

“Humble Prayers” 

We need to pray with humble intentions and great expectations so our prayer can be excepted by God.  They must be prayers that we give thought and humble observation.  And give full deep consideration that we are praying with a humble heart. If we pray like this it will reflect in whether or not our prayers are answered.

1 Tim 2:1-3

The first thing I want you to do is pray.  Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.  Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in “Humble Contemplation” this the way our Savior God wants us to live.

So let’s make a conscious effort to let our prayers be heartfelt.  And remember don’t give up or let up on your prayers.  Be consistent and stay humble. When someone asks you to pray for them mean it when you response back to them with a big “Yes,”  but be sincere about it with all your heart. And if it’s “no” you’re not going to pray, then don’t say anything at all.

So there you have it like the apostle Paul put it, the first thing I want you to do is; “Pray, Pray anyway you know how and pray for your leaders and live a quite and simply life.

Till next time!

Mrs. Barbara Casas