RESOURCES FOR DEVOTIONAL PRAYER
FIVE TARGETS OF PRAYER USING THE LORD’S PRAYER (We want to acknowledge Randy Pope, pastor at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, GA., as the following material is taken in part from his workbook, The Journey.)
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
ACKNOWLEDGING WHO GOD IS —- First, focus on God himself. Praise Him for His greatness; that He rules over all things. Consider His fatherly love for you. Meditate on who He is and what He is like.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
ACKNOWLEDGE HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH —- Focus on what’s important to Him, His rule over you and the world. Think about what you just read and invite Him to accomplish His plans in every situation of your life, and in the world around you. You can also pray specifically for family, friends, and the people on your prayer list.
“Give us this day our daily bread…”
GOD’S PROVISION — Focus on the Lord’s trustworthiness and his ability and willingness to meet all your needs. Ask God for His blessing on your work and home, and a rm your contentment with what He provides, great or small.
“…and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
GOD’S FORGIVENESS — Focus on your repentance , considering how you have fallen short of God’s glory and confess your sins speci cally. Ask that He would forgive you for Christ’s sake, and rejoice that He has promised you forgiveness and glory in Christ Jesus. Pray that Christ’s righteousness would be more evident in your life.
“And deliver us from the Evil One so that we may not be led into temptation.”
GOD’S POWER — Focus on your dependence by acknowledging God’s ability and promise to deliver you from all the temptations of the Evil One. Thank Him for His promise to help you in every need. Pour out your troubles to Him, and bring your requests before Him. Make a list of people and situations to pray for. As you keep track of answered prayers, your faith in God’s power and love for you will increase.