Are our prayers primarily focused upon our physical needs like food, money, safety and healing? When Jesus taught us to pray, He mentioned physical needs only once. He said to pray: “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.” (Matthew 6:9-13) The body is just a fragile shell which houses our everlasting soul and spirit. Therefore, it makes sense that Jesus would teach us to talk to His Father about what’s most important.

When we examine His prayer, we see that it directs us to focus on what’s important.

For example, we were created to glorify Him, so, we should live to make His name Holy–not shame it–and thus, “hallow” His name. His Son’s life was sacrificed for ours, clearly proving that He loves us and has a great plan for our life; thus, we should pray to know His will. To be close to Him, we must forgive others. We must ask Him to make us aware of the sneaky ways that evil draws us from the fortress of His love.

If Jesus taught us to focus our prayers on the spiritual, rather than the physical, why do we do just the opposite? It’s often because we’re not close to Him. When we’re close to Him, self-preservation becomes less important. It changes our prayers. We ask Him to give us what we need so we can do His will instead of asking for our own comfort. His will is more satisfying than our comfort. The closer we are to Him, the more He gives us an eternal perspective. We are grateful for who He is. He is our most important need. Closeness to Him is as important as breathing. We care about what He cares about. Our physical needs become incidental. He provides miraculously. This is God’s way. He changes our prayers!

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