10 Day Devotional Challenge – Day 8

For the next several days, I will be hosting a 10 Day Devotional Challenge. You can read the posts here and comment below to discuss what you’ve read. You may also join the discussion in my Equipped Facebook Group. If you don’t already have a copy of my book, Equipped, you can purchase it at mybook.to/Equipped or ask for it at your local bookstore. For a discount on quantity orders (10 copies or more), please contact me at RuthLSnyder at me dot com.


“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

—Matthew 18:18,19

I enjoy learning new things, and usually it’s easy for me to learn. However, learning to knit was a challenge. You see, I’m left-handed, and my mom could not figure out how to teach me in a way that made sense to me. I was only five at the time. We struggled along for a while. One day, an avid knitter friend visited. She taught me a ditty and then showed me how it related to knitting. “Little Johnny fell into the well (put your needle into a stitch). Wrap a rope around his neck (wrap the yarn around the needle), and pull him out (pull the yarn through the stitch to create the new stitch).”

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus responded with what we know as the Lord’s Prayer.  Here is the Lucan form:


Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”

This, (as is the form found in Matthew 6:9-13) is a model to help us with prayer. In each case, as his children, we have the privilege of calling God, Abba, a warm, familiar form of Father. We praise God. We seek the fulfillment of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We ask for that which we need. We ask for our sins, our debts, to be forgiven as we forgive those who sin against us, those who are indebted to us. We pray to be protected from responding to temptation and to be saved from evil and evil personified. Some versions include a “Gloria”, acknowledging God’s eternal kingdom, power and glory.

There are hundreds of books that have been written about prayer, so we will just cover the basics. (You can find some suggested reading in Appendix 2.)

There are a few requirements for prayer. We need to humble ourselves before God, admitting our need of him (2 Chronicles 7:14). We also need to believe that God will give what we ask (Mark 11:24). When we ask, we need to ask with pure motives (James 4:2,3).

We can pray any time and anywhere. God is everywhere and is never too busy to listen. Whether your prayer is to repent of your sin and accept Jesus as your Saviour, or to express your joy and gratitude while watching a beautiful sunrise, or to emit a harried call for help, God is listening. I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually.” Prayer needs to be a habit.

There are many ways to pray. The Bible records people who pray standing (I Kings 8:22), prostrate before God (Matthew 26:39), bowing (Exodus 4:31), and on their knees (I Kings 8:54). I often pray as I am driving, washing dishes, and going about other work God has given me to do as a wife and mother.

Why should we pray? We should pray because God tells us to pray. By praying we are able to grow in our relationship with God, just as we grow closer to other people when we talk with them. We should also pray because it is a powerful weapon. The verses quoted from Matthew chapter eighteen at the beginning of this section tell us that praying with other believers is a powerful weapon we can use against the enemy. As Jesus’ followers, we are able to wage war by binding or loosing things.

God always answers our prayers. Sometimes God answers right away (Psalm 91:15). Other times we may have to wait days, weeks, or even years for a “yes” answer. (Remember Daniel?) Finally, there are times when God will answer our prayers with a “no.” This could be because we are not in a right relationship with God (Isaiah 59:1,2), we are not in a right relationship with others (1 Peter 3:7), or we are not praying according to God’s will (1 John 5:14).

Prayer is something you can continue to learn and practice throughout your life on earth.

Think About It

What do you appreciate about prayer? What would you like to learn about prayer? What do you need to change about your prayer life? Journal your thoughts, or respond in another way that is meaningful to you.


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you delight in communicating with me through prayer. Help me to be diligent in praying, and in using this weapon you have provided to fight Satan and his demons. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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