In the Christian walk prayer is one of the most important parts of our everyday life. I talked about us praying until something tthappens (p.u.s.h.) a few weeks ago but I want to continue that discussion this week with P.R.A.Y. – Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield.
Jesus, when asked by the disciples how we should pray, responded with the Lord’s prayer…something we should all look at as a model for our prayers each day.
“And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”” (Luke 11:2-4 ESV)
Jesus showed us the proper order of prayer. He said to open with praise. When you pray, open with praise to God for everything that He has blessed you with. We have so much to be thankful for, yet many times we forget to thank God for what He has given us.
Next, Jesus says to repent by asking forgiveness for our wrong doings, but He also says for us to offer forgiveness to others. For us to fully repent and be forgiven we must set our hearts right to receive forgiveness. If you ask for a blessing you have to be prepared to accept it; harboring ill feeling toward someone else can keep us from receiving a blessing ourself.
The third thing we are to do is ask. Jesus tells us that if we will ask, we will receive, and if we seek we will find. When Jesus says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” it is asking for deliverance from the snares that can so easily hold us back from following in the footsteps of Christ.
The final thing that we must do is yield to the way that Jesus set before us. For us to move forward and fully enjoy our Christian walk, we must accept our place on the road of life and yield to the way of the Lord.
How is your prayer life today? Are you praising God for the blessings and repenting of the things that are holding you back from receiving what you are asking for while yielding to the example that has been set for you? I encourage each of you to look deep within your heart and examine your thoughts. Choose today to examine your heart and set it straight.