NEXT STEP PRACTICE

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

Jesus gave us the perfect prayer in the Our Father.
This week, we break down how it teaches us to connect with Him and empowers us to do His Will.

Sunday

Connect with God relationally

“Our Father who art in Heaven”

We can spend our time doing everything right. We participate in Mass, receive the Sacraments, and praise God. But He desires a relationship with us. God has adopted us as His children and loves for us to call Him our Father. Starting our prayer time acknowledging our relationship with God is powerful for us and delights Him as well.

“You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call him “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:15

Proclaim your intimate relationship with God, addressing Him lovingly as your Father and thanking Him that you are His child.

Pray

Father, I come to You in prayer today thankful that I am Your child. I know I am a sinner, but You have forgiven me and adopted me as Your own, and I am so grateful to call you my Father. Thank you for loving me as I am.

 

Monday

Worship His Name

“Hallowed be Thy name”

God loves when we worship Him, and there is power in His name. Below is a list of the many ways we can think of Him, specifically and personally:

  • God is Righteousness – He bestows us with grace
  • God is Sanctifier – He has called us and set us apart
  • God is Healer – He is the source of mercy and forgiveness
  • God is Shepherd – He knows us each by name
  • God is Prince of Peace – He calms the stormy waters
  • God is Provider – He will provide for our needs

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10

Speak God’s name out loud. When we proclaim who He is, we not only worship Him, but we also remind ourselves how powerful and great our God is.

Pray

God, I am in awe of You. Your name is a strong tower, a place of protection, and safety for me. I praise You as my provider, healer, and my shepherd. Today I surrender my joys, my sorrows, and my burdens to you, trusting You in Your infinite wisdom, love, and mercy.

 

Tuesday

Pray His Will

“Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Part of being a child of God is caring about what He cares about. We know His will is perfect, and we acknowledge His wisdom and sovereignty when we surrender to His agenda.

“He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” – Luke 12:35

Spend focusing on what God’s calling to each of us:

  • Saving the lost
  • Caring for those who are less fortunate than we are
  • Bringing purpose and meaning to our lives in His name

Pray

God, I recognize there is no better plan on earth than Yours, and pray for Your will to be done in my life (name the areas of your life where you need more of His presence and guidance today) and in our world. This world is lost and needs you desperately, and I pray for every person to know You as their personal Lord and Savior. I give my life to You and invite me to do Your Will through me. I pray for wisdom and clarity as you show me my next steps.

 

Wednesday

Depend on Him for Everything

“Give us this day our daily bread”

God promises to supply all our needs, and He wants us to come to Him with our problems, struggles, and our desires and to trust in Him to provide what we need.

“I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” – Psalm 121:1-2

Ask God for what you need today. It may help to write down the concerns weighing on your mind or the desires of your heart. You can bring them to God, and trust Him enough to hand them over to Him fully. It may help to open your hands before God to physically show your surrender to Him. Problems can either be ours or God’s. They shouldn’t be both.

Pray

Father, I acknowledge that everything I need today will come from You. You made the heavens and the earth. You are more than capable of handling any situation I’m dealing with, so I give it to You completely (speak directly to what is in your heart now and give it over to Him). I look to you to help me, sustain me, and give me Your peace. May I carry Your hope in my heart and speak it from my lips.

Thursday

Forgive and Be Forgiven

“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those we trespass against us.”

God has offered us complete forgiveness, and we can receive it at any time. When we turn away from our sins and receive His forgiveness, our hearts are more prepared to forgive others as well.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

Ask God to check your heart and life and show you areas where you might need to ask for forgiveness from Him. Then, it is your turn to forgive those who have offended you. Let His mercy sink in and envelope you. Go forth in your day with the confidence of His love.

Pray

God, thank You so much for offering me the gift of Your mercy and forgiveness. I confess that I have been struggling with (be honest and specific) and I know You can wash away my sins. Thank You for showing me unfailing grace. As You so freely forgive, may I too freely forgive others. I release to You all who have hurt me, and I trust Your Will in each situation.

Friday

Engage in Spiritual Warfare

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Spiritual warfare is an uncommon term but the bible makes it clear that we have an enemy who is trying to distract us, steal from us, and destroy us. As we pray to take a stand against evil and fight for a place of victory through Jesus as we’re empowered by the Holy Spirit. There is power in God’s Word, and every lie told to us can be replaced with God’s truth.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

By recognizing that the enemy wants to separate you from God, you can shed light on his lies and claim God’s truth over your life. Ask God to reveal any lives or areas of warfare in your life. Ask Him to expose the enemy and to help you understand and receive His truth. Simply speaking the name of Jesus has great power in the spiritual realm. The bible tells us that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. Through prayer, we can resist him and walk forward in freedom.

Pray

God, I recognize that my struggles today aren’t against the people around me, but against the enemy. Please reveal to me Your truth, Your light, Your will. May they rest at the forefront of my mind, and occupy and fill my heart. I fear no evil when I walk with You.

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