Welcome to the adventure!!
“What adventure?” you might ask. The adventure is the act of seeking God with fellow believers. The Bible tells us in James 4:2 that we do not have because we do not ask. The gospels show us that Jesus prayed often and taught his disciples how to pray and even prayed with them. I call prayer an adventure because when we pray, we move from our agenda to God’s agenda, which is always better, usually bigger and far more exciting. You might even say it’s adventurous.
Whether you have been following Jesus for years or you’re just beginning your journey, knowing how to pray can be a great help. Our first and best help comes straight from Jesus in Matthew 6:9-13.
This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today 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 the evil one.’
Take some time to think about this prayer. Use your own words to pray for the topics that Jesus includes.
One simple tool for prayer used by many throughout the years, is the acronym PRAY.
PRAISE – Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name
REPENT – Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors
ASK – Give us today our daily bread
YIELD – Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Again, use your own words as you P-R-A-Y.
This is also a great time for fasting. Jesus fasted often, His followers also fasted and the church still needs fasting today. There are different kind of fasts in the Bible such as the Daniel fast which was fruits, veggies and water only. The fasting that Jesus did was going without food. There are no hard rules on fasting, such as time limits, what to eat or not to eat. Fasting is a time that one chooses to seek God and chooses what to forgo while seeking God. I’ve known people that have fasted forty days and others that chose to fast only lunch or breakfast. The point is to do it unto the Lord and let him move you to action. Fasting is powerful and very neglected. Go for it this week and watch what happens in your life! Give Isaiah 58 a read.
For the next six days, we will send you scripture and a prayer focus for the day. Pray with us every day this week and lets see what God does.
Let the adventure begin!