Prayer is essentially a dialogue that can be expressed in various ways.

Read Mathew 6:5-7 
• Prayer is intimate communion between you and God.
• Prayer is simple and sincere conversation with God.


Prayer includes adoration. In Matthew 6:9 Jesus teaches that our prayers should include, “Our Father in heaven, >> 1 << be your name.” What this means is “May who You are be lifted up!”

Prayer includes gratefulness. Ephesians 5:20 reminds us to be “giving >> 2 << always and for everything to God the Father”.

Prayer includes confession.  1 John 1:9 says, “If we >> 3 << our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is important that you confess your sins to God daily. Be specific in your confession!

Prayer includes intercession.  1 Timothy 2:1 (NIV) says, “I urge, then, first of all, that >> 4 <<, and thanksgiving be made for all people.”

Prayer includes petition.  Philippians 4:6 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and >> 5 <<, with thanksgiving, present your
>> 6 << to God.”


Pray in the name of Jesus.  Jesus says in John 14:13, “And I [God] will do whatever you >> 7 <<”. Jesus is your way to the Father’s ear!

Pray according to the will of God.  1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask >> 8 << according to His >> 9 << He hears us.” Do not ask God for something you know is wrong!

Pray with confidence.  Matthew 21:22 (NIV) says, “If you >> 10 <<, you will >> 11 << whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Pray without bitterness. Matthew 6:14 (NIV) says, “For if you >> 12 << other people when they sin >> 13 << you, your heavenly Father will also >> 14 << you.”


As you reflect on this lesson, make a list of all the things that God has impressed on you that you should pray for today!
Talk with God right now.


  1. hallowed, 2. thanks, 3. confess, 4. petitions, prayers, intercession, 5. petition, 6. requests, 7. ask in my name, 8. anything, 9. will, 10. believe, 11. believe, 12. forgive, 13. against, 14. forgive