When Jesus was here on earth, He did many things. He was very busy with ministry. He traveled often in Israel. He taught many people and healed people from illnesses. He also had power and authority over unclean spirits. Though He had a busy ministry schedule, He took time to pray and fellowship with His heavenly Father.
He (Jesus) Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:16
Then one day, His Disciples said to Him, “Lord teach us how to pray.”
So, He said to them, “When you pray, say
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Luke 11:1-4
The Lord’s prayer is not really a formula. I believe it is a model prayer, David and I pray this every day, not just by rote, but with faith and trust in Jesus that He hears our prayers.
And here is another guide we also use in prayer: We use the acronym ACTS, which makes it easy remember.
A- is adoration. Like what Jesus said, “Hallowed be Your name”. We praise God for He is merciful, all powerful, sovereign, loving, gracious, etc.
C- is confession. Again, from the Lord’s prayer, Jesus said, “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive others.” We can ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts if there ‘s any thing that is not pleasing to the Lord. And ask God for forgiveness. (See I John 1:9)
T- is thanksgiving. Thank God for 3 things; count your blessings.
S- is supplication – deliver us from the evil one.
For Supplication, some people use the 5-finger model.
Thumb- friends & family
Pointer-Parents and Teachers
Ring-weak and sick people
Whichever prayer model you prefer, prayer is not a ceremony or a ritual. It is a personal relationship. Like with friends and others, prayer is talking, and taking time in fellowship with Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.