Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8
Do you remember when you were asked to outline books or reports in school? The outline did not exhaust the topic or theme but merely thumbnailed the essential aspects. We should view in the same light Jesus’ teaching on prayer before those gathered for His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 – Matthew 7).
He could not, of course, plumb the depths of prayer in a few verses. He provided the audience with an outline of the basic components of prayer: worship, petition, confession, and obedience.
How you apply these to your life are the real dynamics of prayer. God wants you to pray because He wants to do something special in your life—to meet your needs, to teach you His ways, to correct your shortcomings, to reveal His character, to transform your thinking.
God launched you on a fantastic adventure when you were saved. Prayer is the frontier of personal experience where you continue that adventure.
Prayerlessness is the seed whose fruit is barrenness, drudgery, and mediocrity. Your prayers regarding the specific circumstances of your life fill in the outline of the Lord’s Prayer.
Forgive me for my prayerlessness, Lord. Teach me the dynamics of effective prayer.