We all need to learn how to have a joyful dialogue with our Creator. Some call it prayer or communication. How does the words communion, dialogue, prayer sound to you? The word communion involves speaking and listening.There are various ways of having that communion with your Creator and we will explore some of them. In a fast paced society such as we live now, how do we find time for that communion, you ask? We are created to desire that dialogue or communication with our God. We just have to find ways to do it. Some people see prayer as a time only for confession. This is just one aspect of prayer and a healthy one too. Jesus gave
Jesus gave us patterns of prayer. For this post, I want to explore the Lord’s prayer and see our we can relate to it. This prayer can be found in Matthew 6:9-13 and other references in other gospels.
Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'” This prayer is always recited word for word.
I want us to see that this is also a pattern we can adopt daily for prayer by looking at it in segments:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name: here we are acknowledging and invoking the greatness of our Creator. We are praising him and we could extend that by mentioning some of His attributes as read in the Bible. You can add your own attributes as you wish.
Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven: we are to pray for His involvement in all our daily dealings and the affairs of this world. He has given free will and because of this does not force His will on us. It is left to us to ask and we shall receive.
Does God speak to his creation? I believe he does and he does this in variety of ways.
Give us this day our daily bread: ask Him daily to provide. This reminds me of the manna provision in the book of Exodus. I don’t think this means we sit around and just ask for provisions but even in our daily dealings, we can ask for the Creator of the Universe to be involved. We acknowledge that we don’t know it all but we need the help of the All knowing and omnipresent One. I have read about the AA classes. This is one of the 12 steps to recovery:’ Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him’, A pure act of surrender that you can not help yourself.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive the trespasses of others: our daily walk requires that we are continually prepared to forgive. We will always be offended. Simply put, forgive as you expect to be forgiven when you fall or make mistakes. forgiveness is a big industry these days, yet many do not understand it. It frees us and therefore more beneficial to us than the offender. Sometimes it feels like the other person is freely getting away with a lot but that is not true. The other person is storing up negatives vibes for themselves which can be very unhealthy in the long run. Offences will always come but decide that you will be anyone’s garbage can.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: Temptations abound daily and as I mentioned above we need the help of a higher power (our Creator) to overcome. The good news is He has already overcome. we just need a reminder of these truths and a proclamation of same regularly. Speaking His word out is the key to freedom here. It may also require the speaking of blessings from the Word over our lives regularly. We succumb to temptations sometimes we want what’s not necessarily good for us but looks enticing for the moment.
To end it, we give to give thanks, acknowledging that all we asked for has been heard and we will receive accordingly. Entertain no doubt. Doubt steals our results from prayer or communion with our Creator. I hope this short article will inspire you to develop the habit of daily communing with your Creator, he loves to hear from His creation.