Jesus gave specific instructions on how to pray in Matthew 6.
This is a substantive and practical guide to spending time in focused prayer.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…

Jesus, Himself, is inviting us to address God as “our Father” when we pray. God is sovereign over everything and it is in his powerful name that we offer our prayers. Begin your time of prayer with worship of God and acknowledgement of His wonderful attributes.


Your kingdom come…

Pray for God’s rule to invade your life and the world. Pray for salvation, joy, peace, justice, God’s presence, belonging and healing. God is inviting us to join Him in His renewal work on earth. Pray for the government, and all those in leadership. Pray for the church, as the primary agents of God’s kingdom that we may be faithful to our mission.


On earth as it is in heaven…

Pray that your desires will be in harmony with God’s will. Pray that you will grow in trusting God and walking by faith. Pray for God’s will in your family, job, neighborhood, church, etc.


Give us today our daily bread…

Begin to thank God for all that He’s done and supplied. Spend time focusing on God as our provider and repenting of when you’ve attempted to do things on your own. Ask the Lord to give you what provision you need for today alone, so that you are compelled to return to Him again and again.


And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…

Pray for restoration and wholeness in your relationship with the Lord. Ask Him to identify any potential barriers to intimacy with Him and confess them. Thank the Lord for his abundant grace and mercy and ask where and how you might extend that toward others in your life.


And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…

Pray for the Lord’s guidance through issues and situations in your life and His strength to avoid sinful behavior. Pray for and acknowledge the need for God’s protection from the principalities and powers that attempt to derail us.