Praying Long (Part 1)

Bob Bouwer

Read: Matthew 6:5-14


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. (v. 6)

As someone with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), praying for long periods of time is difficult for me. While I desire to pray long and meaningful prayers, I usually get distracted. Typically, I find myself thinking about changing the oil in the car, who I need to call, or something I need to share with my wife.

My prayer life changed when I learned how to pray by following a specific path. Often on a Saturday afternoon I find a quiet place to be alone and pray. I begin by softly singing a song of praise to the Lord. Then I will pray for 30 to 40 minutes using the Lord’s Prayer as my outline. I begin “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” I then spend several minutes “hallowing” God’s name by acknowledging how holy he is to me. I find words to describe how awesome, powerful, and beautiful God is.

Next, I pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I spend several minutes praying for God’s kingdom to invade my/our kingdom and that the will of all of God’s creation would be his will. I move this way through the rest of the Lord’s Prayer. I challenge you to pray in this way. It’s more than a great prayer; it’s a powerful outline for powerful praying. —Bob Bouwer

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your example of prayer. Amen.