9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. — Matt. 6:9-13 NIV
The most often used excuse (not a reason) that we hear from Christians when questioned about prayer and Bible study is “I just don’t have the time”. God foresaw this and gave us a prayer that can be spoken in less than 20 seconds. It includes 3 things that every prayer should include. It starts with adoration and acknowledging to whom we are speaking. God is our Father and we agree that He is holy (hallowed) and that we are waiting for Him to come back and establish His kingdom here on earth.. That is adoration and we always let Him know that we love and adore Him. It includes confession; “forgive us our debts”, we acknowledge that we have sinned and ask for His forgiveness. It includes supplication or asking God to provide something for us Our daily bread is not just physical food but it includes everything that we need to live a godly life today. We ask for direction as we start our day. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. Twenty seconds for that prayer leaves you ten seconds to offer up thanksgiving for all that God has done for you up until this very second.
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
— 1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV
Less than 30 seconds and you have covered all the bases.
A – Adoration
C – Confession
T – Thanksgiving
S – Supplication or asking
The other 30 seconds? Listen for that whisper! It’s God’s turn to speak and He doesn’t need time to think about it, He already has the answer.
If you make a habit of doing this every morning, you will be surprised at how quickly you will want to pray longer and stronger.
Time spent with Jesus is never wasted.
This is a beginning. My prayer is that it will lead you into a deeper, closer walk with God.