Matthew 7:5-8, ““And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.“
At times, prayer can be hard. Other times, we may feel stuck in the same ‘dull’ routines. So how can we grow or move ahead? In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gave us a wonderful gift. Not just a model for prayer, but a prayer to actually pray repeatedly. So learn and regularly pray it! As you do, you are speaking to God as your Father, with the total security of being in his family.
There are two things to help you have a better prayer life:
1. Make realistic plans to pray. We won’t pray unless we plan to, but we need to be realistic with ourselves. Five minutes a day is a fair start.
2. Pray habitually. The less you pray, the less you will pray, but prayer can become a good habit.
So even if you pray only the first line—or even only the first two words, ‘Our Father’—something amazing and supernatural will have happened. Your ‘Our Father’ will be the vocalized expression of who you really are: a child of God speaking to his or her Father in heaven.