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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

How to Pray to Jesus

Author: Robert

If you are new to the Christian faith, you may be unsure about just how to pray to Jesus. The first thing you need to understand is the God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one person in the trinity. This means that if you pray to Jesus, you are also praying to your Heavenly Father who created you and the rest of the heavens and the earth. It is also important to understand that while Jesus was here on earth, he gave us a model for how to pray. While you don't always have to adhere to this specific formula, it can help give you the words you are looking for, especially when you are new to the process of talking to God.

The Lord's Prayer
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray to God in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus taught them the Lord's Prayer. While this prayer is regularly recited in many Christian churches today, you can also take the prayer and use it as a formula while you insert your own words. The first part of the prayer is to call on God, "Our Father who art in heaven." The second part makes note of his holiness, "Hallowed be thy name."

When we pray, "Your kingdom come," we are acknowledging that one day, God's kingdom will come to earth and Jesus will reign over all. "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," reminds us to ask God for His divine will to be done rather than our own. While we may think we know what we want or need in life, God has the ability to know what is really best for us. We need to trust Him and His divine purpose for our lives.

"Give us this day, our daily bread," reminds us that we need to rely on God for all of our physical as well as our spiritual needs. "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors," highlights the fact that God has forgiven us for our sins and we need to forgive others in the same manner. When you have trouble forgiving someone for something they have done to you, remember what Jesus had to endure to forgive both of you. Then ask God for help in forgiving.

"Lead us not into temptation," means to ask God for strength and guidance to live the way He wants us to. The easiest way to stay out of trouble is to stay focused on God. "Deliver us from the evil one," follows the temptation, because it is Satan who tries to tempt us away from our relationship with our Heavenly Father. God is the one who can always protect us from Satan's evil plan.

"For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!" What a wonderful way to end a prayer – by acknowledging God's greatness once again and offering the praise that He desires and deserves! Praying to Jesus in no longer a mystery now that you know what he taught himself in the Bible about entering the throne room in prayer.

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