Luke 11:1-4

Lord, teach us to pray. Luke 11:1

When my children come to me for advice, I consider it an honor to teach them what they need to know. For example, my daughter Julie had to write a poem for school not long ago. As I thought about the best way to assist her, I decided to compose a few lines to help her see how it’s done.

Jesus used the example method when His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. Instead of going into a long dissertation on the subject, He said, “When you pray, say, . . .” and He gave them a pattern that also included prayer principles.

That prayer has at least four elements we can learn to use when we pray: Adoration, Confession, Temptation protection, and Supplication.

Let’s consider the ACTS of prayer.

Adoration: “Hallowed be Your name.” We need to give allegiance and respect to our great and awesome God.

Confession: “Forgive us our sins.” God is “faithful and just to forgive us” (1 John 1:9).

Tempatation protection: “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Ask for help to say no to sin.

Supplication: “Give us day by day our daily bread.” We should not be afraid to ask God for His provisions.

There’s the example. It’s up to us to follow it. —jdb

Lord, thank You for inviting me to come and talk with You; now help me to revere this time and pray my whole life through. k dehaan

Spend time with the Lord and your day will be well spent.

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