Note: This is the third in a five part series on devotionals for adults from CentriKid camps. See part one for more information.
Part 3: A Disciple Embraces God Through Prayer
Look up the Lord’s Prayer in your Bible from Matthew 6:9-13.
Have you ever felt like praying to God was difficult or even somewhat unnatural? In this passage, Jesus provides a model prayer or guide on how we should pray, and you can use the elements of this prayer as a template or pattern in your prayers. An easy way to remember this is pattern is with the acronym ACTS.
“Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Prayer is not about you. You should always enter into prayer with your heart, soul, mind, and strength focused on the wonderful God we serve. God is worthy of all of your praise and adoration, and you should voice that praise to Him.
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” As a follower of Jesus Christ, all your sin has already been paid for and forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice. When you pray, you should confess any sin that is holding you back from loving God and living out His commands.
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” Jesus is King. As believers, we would do well to remember that all good things and every blessing come from God alone. As such, you should express gratitude for receiving those blessings. Through thanksgiving, you are giving God the glory He deserves, and admitting God’s power is greater than your own.
“Give us today our daily bread.” As a child of God, you should feel no hesitation or shame in asking your Father for what you need. Start by expressing to God what is on your heart. Remember these words from Matthew 7:10: “Everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Through prayer, you enter into the presence of the One for whom nothing is impossible, and He alone can supply all your needs.
Spend time listening, and allow God to change you and make your heart more like His. Think about your prayer life and ways you wish to grow closer to God. When ready, spend time in prayer to God, focusing on adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Ask God to help you draw near to Him, and pray for Him to make you more like Him.