Matthew 6:25-26, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
The disciples of Jesus having followed him around for sometime and seen the miracles he performed; raising the dead, turning water into wine, healing the sick, among others wondered what he did that produced such eye-popping results. When they watched closely they were able to link His prayers/fellowship with the father as a key factor in the astounding results he got. Consequently, they asked him to teach them how to pray.
Luke 11:1, “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray—————“
Many people in church think they know how to pray and therefore conclude that teaching about prayer is not necessary. Meanwhile, if we know how to pray and actually pray according to the will of God, the result will be different. This was what dawned on the disciples when they requested to be taught how to pray.
Jesus in response simply taught them how to pray, when to pray and what to pray in Matthew 6. It would have been very shocking to them when he told them in verse 25-26 not to pray for food, drink, clothes and shelter because these are the things the average person, even in church today pray for. He then went on to reveal the secret of prayer in verse 33 when he exhorted them to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness pointing out that food, drink, clothes, shelter, etc are mere additions to those whose prayers are focused on seeking and building the kingdom.
The Bible especially the New Testament part is not just a religious book as most church attendees think; rather it is the final will of the father. No one, not even God himself has the power to change the content.
Psalm 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”
What this means for us is that we must be ready and willing to prove our case/petition before God based on his word/will. Any prayer point brought before him on the basis of emotions, repetitions (Matthew 6:7) or academic understanding of the word will never produce result.
We must therefore unlearn what we used to know as prayer and humble and submit ourselves to teachings and practical sessions on prayer before we can command natural and supernatural forces as our master, Jesus did.