The Foundation for Prayer

Q. What is the foundation for prayer?

A. In summary the foundation of Prayer is Worship! Prayer is not solely about what God can do for us but more importantly it is an expression of our reverence, love, and dependence upon God. One of best summaries of prayer in the New Testament is Mt 6:9-13 9"This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread. 12Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. This passage gives us a good starting ground on the foundation of prayer. Here are 6 foundational points of prayer based upon this passage. 1. Relational (Vs 9) - We are told to acknowledge God as father (daddy) 2. Holy & Reverent (VS 9) - Worshipping the majesty and holiness of God. 3. God’s Sovereignty (VS 10) Simply praying that God’s will be done on earth as it is done on heaven, realizing that he has control and not to let the circumstance of life consume us but to bring them to the throne of God in prayer. 4. Provision (V 11) - As verse 9 says God is our father and just as our earthly father desires to meet our needs so much more does our heavenly father. Putting our dependence upon God out to meet our daily needs (food, shelter, clothing, etc) Needs not Wants is the difference here 5. Forgiveness & Salvation (VS 12) - Salvation belongs to those who ask, confess, and accept the forgiveness of God. We are not only to accept God’s forgiveness but pray for the forgiveness of those that have wronged us. 6. Deliverance & Protection (Vs 13) - Pray for the Grace of God to protect us from Satan and the fleshly desires of this world. And not only for the prevention of these desires but for the deliverance from the things that have already entered our life. This is not all inclusive on prayer but I think these are how Jesus instructs us most clearly to pray. I think it is important that under these headings we make them personal and focus on each element individually in our life and how it directly applies to our relationship with Jesus not just to recite the Lords prayer as a church ritual or like a college fight song.