In our first principle on prayer, we have learned that we are to pray consistently. In our consistency, we acknowledge our consecration to our Heavenly Father and we bring to Him our circumstances as we read in today’s verse.
We are also to pray with confession. We are to ask God to forgive us our sins as we at the same time forgive everyone that is indebted to us.
Once I have confessed, I should acknowledge my conduct to the Lord. We are to pray that we will be led in the paths of righteousness “not into temptation.” We are to bring God into all our decisions.
Have you ever thought about praying for circumvention? Jesus, in Luke 11, said to pray to be delivered from evil. In Ephesians 6, after putting on the whole armor of God, Paul tells us to be praying always with all power and supplication in the Spirit.
Do you notice that there is no “Amen” to this prayer? Do you notice that this prayer is intensely personal?
These are ABC’s of prayer. God wants us to get beyond merely praying for ourselves and move on to learn to pray for others, especially the lost.
Work hard at prayer. LEARN to pray. Be consistent in prayer and then you can pray powerfully and specifically for those unbelievers around you.