Dave Butts in his book on prayer says: "My friends, God has made it so very, very simple. He has called the church to be a house of prayer for all nations. We are to be known for prayer."
What did Jesus say to the apostles about prayer? Jesus taught the Apostles the “Our Father”:
Address God as “Our Father”, for He is our Father due a deep and abiding love and respect; He loves us more than we can even imagine. He is with us always keeping eyes of love upon us; we can always call on Him in full belief and trust.
Who art in heaven
~ God resides in heaven where all who accept His Son’s gift of salvation will one day come home. God is also omnipresent ~ everywhere present.
Holy be thy name
~ Our Holy God full of honor and authority, Yahweh is His name. The ancient peoples would not even speak the name, because it was so Holy. Holiness was a powerful description then and should be now; and it's what we should all be striving for today. We have Holy Spirit indwelling us, God Himself lives in us. We are a temple of a holy God. Should not our thoughts and actions be worthy of a temple of God? Holy!
Thy Kingdom come~ The Kingdom of Jesus has been established. We are citizens of His kingdom if we choose to be.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NIV)
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God,
who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
Colossians 1:12-14 (AMP)
12 Giving thanks to the Father, . . .
13 [The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
We have been drawn to the Father and transferred into the kingdom of the Son of His love. We live in Jesus' kingdom now, and are sent into the world as His ambassadors. We represent Jesus while walking in the world, so let us never disrespect Him by our words or actions. Rather let our works bring glory to Him. Jesus Kingdom will one day rule the earth.
Thy will be done~ Yes, we choose the will of our mighty God to be done in our lives. His will runs the universe; we choose it to run our lives too.
"on earth as it is in heaven”~ God's will is lived out in heaven; in the same way let it be lived out on this earth. There is no evil in heaven; 'Lord, scrub this earth clean of evil (one day You will do this). In our life today, let it be so: no evil can come close, for our holy God dwells in us. Our very bodies are a temple, and He is always 'home', always with us!
Give us this day our daily bread~ provide our needs each day Lord. We ask and know that He hears us. Whatever we need this day, He will provide for us. God's supply is not limited to physical needs, but in His divine wisdom He sees all our needs; and in His love for us, we can trust Him to furnish them. If we require comfort, He is there to hold and to hug. If we require wisdom He will impart it. Our loving Lord is always with us to hold us and help us. He never forsake us; see His promises:
Isaiah 54:10 (AMP)
For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 (AMP)
7 And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong, courageous, and firm, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to possess it.
8 It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].
Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)
5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have];
for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
Lord, You are faithful to us!
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us~ Father we will forgive those who have hurt us. We ask that You also forgive us for anything we do that hurts You, any sin we commit, any hurt we do against others, we beg Your forgiveness. We ask Holy Spirit to convict us of sins we may not even be consciously aware of, so we can repent. Help us to forgive others who hurt us. Sometimes that is very difficult, and we need Your assistance with it!
Lead us not into temptation ~ we know when temptation comes, we need to turn away. Sometimes it's very difficult; we need to pray for strength and that God will keep us from evil!
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory! ~ we give You the glory! You are the awesome Lord God, Creator of the universe, magnificent in Your glory, and we bow down and worship You! Our hearts are Yours, Father; we love You!
Thank You Jesus for teaching us about praying. You went on talking about persistence in prayer:
Luke 11:8-9 (NLT)
[talking about a friend] But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake,
if you keep knocking long enough,
he will get up and give you whatever you need
because of your shameless persistence.
9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking,
and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Thank You Jesus!