If you’re looking for an easy way to improve your prayer life, this is it. In fact, it’s even easier than eating a banana! You can use this structure to pray any kind of prayer: daily prayers, prayers before meals, or even just occasional prayers when you need them. We recommend that you do this exercise every day for a week or two until it becomes second nature; then continue doing it whenever needed.
Structure Of Prayers
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PRAYER OF ADORATION
- Prayer of adoration is the prayer of praise and thanksgiving
- Prayer of adoration is an expression of love
- Prayer of adoration is a way of worshiping God
- Prayer of adoration is a way of showing our gratitude to God
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
The purpose of this prayer is to express your desire for forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation with God. The prayer can be used at any time. If you have sinned against the Lord or others, ask for their forgiveness through this prayer. It is also appropriate to use it after having received the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
- Forgiveness, O Lord: I confess my sins and repent of them all, especially those that offend you, because they are many; please forgive me!
- Repentance: I look back on my life and see how often I have offended You with my words or actions; how often I have turned away from You instead of turning towards You; please grant me true repentance in heart and spirit!
- Reconciliation: As our Savior Jesus Christ was reconciled to His heavenly Father through His death on the cross so may we be reconciled with one another in truth, love and peace!
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The prayer of thanksgiving is the prayer of praise. It is the prayer of gratitude to God for his goodness to us. The Apostle Paul commanded us to “give thanks in all circumstances,” and we should be thankful for his provision and protection throughout our lives.
The prayer of thanksgiving can be a very effective tool when things are going well in your life and you can see God working in your favor, but it also serves as a reminder that we need him even when things aren’t going so well. This is especially true during times of suffering or trial, when it may be difficult to feel thankful for anything at all! But this is exactly what God wants: He wants us to recognize that without him there would be no life at all—and therefore nothing else matters!
PRAYER OF SUPPLICATION
Supplication is a prayer for help, such as:
- Deliverance from evil
- Protection from evil.
PRAYER FOR OTHERS
It is important to pray for others. God wants you to be concerned about the needs of others, and He will help you be a blessing because of your prayers. There are many ways that you can pray for others:
- You can ask God to bless them, meaning that you ask Him to supply their needs and meet their desires (Matthew 6:11).
- You can ask God’s protection over them, so that they do not fall into sin or temptation (John 17:15).
- You can ask God’s guidance in their daily lives so that they make wise decisions based on His Word rather than worldly wisdom (James 1:5).
- You can also pray that someone would find a mate who is compatible with him or her spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally (1 Corinthians 7-9; 1 Peter 3).
THE LORD’S PRAYER
The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer of petition, adoration, confession and thanksgiving. The structure of this prayer is in three parts: first comes the request for God’s name to be hallowed (sanctified), then we ask that His kingdom come, followed by a concluding statement expressing our desire to be forgiven.
The first part of the Lord’s Prayer thus sets out what it is that we want from God: “Hallowed be Your name.” We ask here that God will be glorified through all His works and that He may receive His rightful praise from all creatures. In other words, this section asks for unity within creation through the glorification of its Creator. This unity will come about when all creatures see how worthy God truly is and accept Him as their Saviour from sin through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Romans 3:23).
The major elements of a prayer of petition are these.
The prayer of petition is a request for something—a thing, an event or a state of being. A person could pray for an object, such as “I pray God will give me this job.” A person could pray for an event to occur, such as “I pray that my child will be healed.” A person could also pray for their own needs and desires: “Lord God, help us and guide us in our daily lives and activities; may we be worthy children of the living God.” Finally, we can pray for the world at large: “Father in heaven, hear our prayers! We thank thee for thy love and mercy toward all people on earth.”
In addition to these generic examples there are various types of specific petitions which fall under this general category. For example:
The Lord’s Prayer is the most commonly used example of a prayer of petition. It is also one of the most beloved prayers among Christians, who are familiar with its words and phrases. This prayer has been recited in many different ways over the course of history, but there are some common elements that have remained consistent throughout its evolution as well: