Dear God – “Dependence”
Prayer reminds me that God’s presence and purpose are in play.
Matthew 6:5-13 (NIV) And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
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.”
The purpose of prayer is to connect with God, not convince God.
The purpose of prayer is to surrender my will, not impose my will.
The purpose of prayer is to recognize my provider, not request all my wishes.
The purpose of prayer is not to move God, but to move me.
Commit to this Prayer Every Day:
D – Declare God’s greatness
A – Acknowledge my dependence
Y – Yield to God’s will