Prayer Warrior: 4 Pro Tips from Jesus on Prayer
Jesus’ Pro Tips on Prayer
The Lord's Prayer of Matthew 6:9-13 is probably the most famous and most understood prayer ever prayed. (We’ll unpack it in next week’s blog and podcast.)
But don’t miss the four prayer pro tips Jesus gave BEFORE paying the Lord’s Prayer Outline (hint for next week):
Pro Tip #1: Pray in the secret place (Matthew 6:6)
Find a physical space and go there. Also, recognize that when Jesus went away to pray, there were always two things in common:
He was alone.
It was dark.
He did this in order to get away from the distractions of life and ministry to focus on having communion with his Father in heaven. Discover that quiet place where you can meet your God daily.
Pro Tip #2: Pray at a set time (Matthew 14:23, 26:36, Mark 6:46, and Luke 6:12)
I have personally experienced that this is the greatest of Jesus’ teaching on the Lord’s Prayer. This is the foundation of a powerful prayer life.
Jesus lived in a busy culture like we do, but He lived contrary to the culture, depending on His Father to meet all his needs.
Even though He was almost certainly ‘praying unceasingly,’ He still set aside dedicated time to pray.
Pro Tip #3: Pray without (or with few) words (Matthew 6:7-8)
The most effective times I've experienced in prayer are those times when I waited silently for God to say what He wanted. Not me.
Pro Tip #4: Pray with the right heart toward others (Matthew 6: 14-15)
When we have unforgiveness towards someone, they literally own us. Paul affirmed this fact in Galatians 4:9, “Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?”
They own your conversations. When their name comes up, your tongue lashes out. Isn’t it ironic that the people we like the least can influence our thoughts, actions, and prayers the most?
If there is someone who still owns you, listen to this week’s interview, below, to get free.
If you want to be your best version and a prayer warrior, make sure you model your prayer life after the Pro.