Luke Wright recently posted a video about prayer for leaders in his church. It has some great tips on how to pray. It is based on what is commonly called The Lord’s Prayer, or The Model Prayer, found in Matthew 6. Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray. The prayer emphasizes six aspects of our relationship to God. Luke calls it The Prayer Hexagon. In our prayers we relate to God based on these six things.
The Father’s character. He is our father who loves us. Prayer begins by recognizing God as father.
We recognize the Father’s kingdom, meaning his rule as lord in our life. We seek God’s will to be done.
We seek God’s provision. We look to God as the provider of our needs. Even our basic food is from him.
We seek God’s forgiveness. We recognize we have disobeyed and seek the Father’s forgiveness.
We seek God’s guidance, especially in the moral dimension of life. We want God’s wisdom and boundaries.
We seek God’s deliverance from evil. We recognize there is a spiritual battle in the world and seek his help and protection.
Luke’s video is really helpful and only about five minutes long. Take a moment to view it here.
We don’t have to cycle through all of these topics in every prayer. But we do need to relate to God in each of these dimensions.
Need a little help in your prayer life? Sometimes knowing what to say can be a challenge for both new followers and those who have followed Jesus for years. I’ve learned a couple of acronyms that can provide structure for prayer. You might find them helpful as well. I don’t know who invented them, but they can get you out of a rut in your prayer life. Pick one of the acronyms and spend a bit of time on each topic as you pray.
Adore – spend time praising God.
Confess – confess how weak you are compared to God or confess sins you’ve committed
Thank – thank Him for the good things in your life
Seek – ask for the things you need.
Praise – It is always good to start by praising God!
Repent – express regret for what you’ve done wrong
Ask – make your requests for God’s blessing
Yield – express that you will follow God’s will, not your own