Pray Like Jesus Taught You

family-prayerIn the Gospels, Christ taught us how to do many things—how to treat neighbors, how to love enemies, how to defeat sin, and maybe most importantly, how to pray.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:7–8, “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

If God already knows what we’ll ask for, why pray? Because we can. The throne room of heaven is open to God’s children at all hours. We’re invited to speak to him about whatever is on our hearts. How could we pass up an opportunity like that?

Jesus knew how difficult prayer would be for us—talking to someone we can’t see, and never sure we’re doing it quite right. That’s why—after Jesus gave us all the dos and don’ts of how to pray—he led by example. He demonstrated how a healthy prayer should sound:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.
Amen.

These are more than just words to recite—this is a step-by-step guide. Here’s a way to help us break it down:

Praise

Repent

Ask

Yield

The first half of the Lord’s Prayer is praise. The majority of our prayer needs to be focused on him, because no matter what our circumstances are today, we are loved and blessed by a merciful God.

Christ then models repentance of sins, calling out for God’s forgiveness, even though we fail him.

Next, Christ asks for God to lead us away from Satan and toward the cross. That’s it. He doesn’t give God a laundry list of requests. He asks for the one thing that only God can do: deliverance from the power of sin.

The model prayer ends by yielding to the power, mercy, and grace of God in our lives. We acknowledge that he is greater than us, and that everything belongs to him. We admit our powerlessness, and humble ourselves at the feet of God. By doing this, we relinquish our anxiety, and let him do his job of carrying our load.

God demonstrates his love for us with both the blessings he puts in our lives and the trials he permits that make us stronger. Most importantly, he shows his love by spreading his arms wide as if in an embrace, and taking our place on the cross. We experience his love every second of the day—the least we can do is tell him how much we love him in return.

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Faithlife is a digital faith community that makes it easy to pray for one another, as well as grow together. Learn more at Faithlife.com.

Grow Closer to God with Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan

Mary-devoted-to-gods-planMary was a young, unmarried woman, and her plan from God was to birth our Savior, Jesus Christ. Afraid, scorned, and downright confused, Mary followed God’s will for her, trusting that his plan was better than she could ever imagine. Learn more about her life and faith this May with Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, now available from Logos.com as a resource in your Faithlife Study Bible.

This eight-week study program covers topics like facing fear with faith, embracing the unexpected, and more—topics that, to this day, Christians struggle with. Each chapter is structured to maximize your study and time. You’ll learn about the cultural and historical events surrounding Mary and the theology behind her, and you’ll conclude each chapter with application questions to help you on your own faith journey.




Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan is 20% off for a limited time with coupon code FSBMARY. Start using your Faithlife Study Bible to get closer to God and his Word.

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Want to use this in your church or small group? Click here to learn more.

A book group designed for busy couples

Faithlife is hosting a reading group based on best-selling authors Bill and Pam Farrel’s devotional A Couple’s Journey with God. This reading group is designed specifically for busy couples, at any stage of life and relationship, who want to grow closer to each other and Christ. By joining, you’ll gain access to exclusive notes, discussion questions, and interviews with the authors. You can also join in the conversation by asking your own questions and posting notes.

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Bill and Pam Farrel will lead you through 58 short daily devotionals. Every day, you’ll encounter practical ideas for staying in love, questions to deepen your relationship, tips for great interactions, and passionate prompts.

See what 15 minutes a day with your spouse and God can do for your relationship. Reading begins April 23.

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Enjoy all of Faithlife’s digital features, such as Community Notes, by purchasing the book through Faithlife’s sister company Vyrso. For a limited time only, use coupon code JOURNEY at checkout and save 25%.

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About the authors: Pam and Bill Farrel have been married for 33 years, worked in ministry for over 25 years, and written over 38 books. They have devoted their lives to helping couples build stronger bonds with each other and with Christ. They want to connect love and wisdom in order to build happy, unbreakable marriages.

Get a Free NIV through April 8!

For a limited time, you can get the world’s most popular Bible translation free with the Faithlife Study Bible. The New International Version (NIV) makes the Bible’s ancient text accessible without losing any of Scripture’s original form and beauty.

Download the Faithlife Study Bible by April 8, and you’ll get the NIV, along with the FSB’s several daily devotionals, three layers of in-depth study notes, custom highlighting and note-taking, and more.

The Faithlife Study Bible can be read on your iPadiPhoneAndroidKindle Fire, or online at Bible.Faithlife.com. It’s the perfect resource to bring with you to church and Bible study, and allows you to study no matter where you are. The FSB is always growing and improving, and by downloading it today, you own the FSB and the NIV for life.

If you’re already using the Faithlife Study Bible, simply open it before April 8. That’s it. The NIV will automatically show up in your resource library. You’ll be able to use your favorite translation and our notes, media, and reading plans together—without having to pay for anything.

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Get the NIV free. But hurry! You only have until April 8!

How to Use the Prayer Widget with Your Groups

We know how important prayer is to your spiritual growth, both as an individual and as part of a community of faith. That’s why we created the prayer widget for your Faithlife groups. It’s an easy way to stay connected with your group members—to know who and what to pray for.

If you are an admin of a group, here’s how to add the prayer widget:

1. Go to your group settings. Click “Sidebar”; you’ll see all the widgets that are available for your group. Drag “Prayer Request” to your list of active widgets, and place it in the widget order you prefer.

Prayer Widget

If you’re a member of a group that already has the prayer widget, making a prayer request is easy.

2. Click “Connect” to have prayer requests be visible on your group page.

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3. After the prayer widget is live, click “Add” on the prayer widget to add your prayer.

Prayer Widget4. Give your prayer request a title, and, if you want, add more detail to what you’re asking people to pray for.

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5. Click “Schedule” to determine when and how often you want people to pray for you.

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6. Click “Save” and you’re done. Your prayer request is now live to everyone in your group.

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Group members can click the prayer request to see it, and then click “Praying.”

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Grow closer with your Faithlife group today by adding and using the prayer widget.


See the Power of Prayer in Your Faithlife Groups

FaithlifeYou’ve been using your Faithlife groups to get closer with your faith community. Maybe you’ve been sharing notes with your small group about your devotional. Or your pastor has been answering questions about the latest sermon series. But what about using your Faithlife group to share prayer requests?

Scripture tells us that prayer is one of Christianity’s most powerful facets: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). With Faithlife, now you can grow closer with your community and enrich your prayer life—just add the Faithlife Prayer Request widget to your Faithlife group. You’ll see how many prayers have been prayed and who is praying together, and you’ll celebrate when prayers are answered.

Adding the Faithlife Prayer Request widget is simple:

  1. Prayer WidgetClick on your name in your profile*
  2. Select the Edit Profile gears on the right
  3. Click the Sidebar tab along the top of the page
  4. Drag the “Today’s Prayers” widget to the Active side
  5. Start adding prayers!

The Bible is God’s love letter to his faithful; what better way to answer prayers than with Scripture? The Faithlife Prayer Request widget syncs with your Logos base package, so you’ll be able to see prayer requests and search for relevant verses to help your fellow group members find answers in the Word.

Add the widget today—see how powerful prayer can be in helping you grow closer as a community and closer to Christ.

*You can also add a Prayer Request widget to any of your Faithlife groups.