Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “ Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “ When you pray, say: “ Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.And lead us not into temptation.
Do you have your “certain place” where you pray? The beauty of following Jesus is that we can worship God through him anywhere (see John 4), but that doesn’t mean we don’t still need special places we set aside to pray and worship the Lord. We do this corporately through our churches, but you need a spot at home, a “prayer closet” (whether or not it’s an actual closet). Have somewhere you know you go to “do business” with God. A “War Room.” Jesus had these kind of places, when he was at “a certain place” the disciples knew what he was doing. They saw him and wanted to learn. Acknowledge God, his greatness, his glory. Ask for his will, not ours. Request his provision and forgiveness. Ask him to give you the strength to be better, to put others first. It’s fine to bring our requests to God, but be sure you worship him along with our entreaties, he deserves it.