Today’s Scripture: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:9
Praying is a lot like being a pilot. As a pilot, I need to fill out forms when filing flight plans with the FAA. In those flight plans, I need to include departure time, flight time, amount of fuel on board, how many souls on board, and my alternate route in case of bad weather. The form is a reference of some of the important things that are needed to help me communicate with the control tower and make my flight a success. When we speak to the Lord in prayer, we want it to be from the heart, but we also want to include important elements so that we have good communication with God. In Luke 11:2-4, we see seven elements that can serve as reference points to help guide our prayer life:
- Make prayer personal. Pray like a child speaks to his loving father.
- Be worshipful. Glorify and magnify God’s greatness.
- Seek the will of the Lord. Look for what He wants.
- Seek physical provision. It is so good to be in daily dependence on the Lord. If we don’t need anything, then we should thank Him for what He has already provided.
- Ask for forgiveness of sins, not to stay saved but for a restoration of fellowship. Keep a short account with God.
- Ask for help to forgive others.
- Ask for help to avoid sin. The devil does a great job at tricking us, and we need God’s wisdom and protection.
Prayer can help us soar far above the troubles of this sin-cursed world and can give us a heavenly view from above on our most difficult situations. Communicating with the Lord can lift us higher than any plane ever could. What’s in your flight plan today?
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.