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Prayer: Day

Day 1


Today's Text: Matthew 6:5-13

Join us today as we read Day 1 of the YouVersion Prayer plan, then come back here and let’s talk about what we’re learning!
  • I have to say…I'm getting a strong messageon prayer. We've been visiting a new church the last few weeks and the sermon series is on the Lords prayer. They are working through each section of the prayer. It has been very interesting. Then to stumble upon this I have to say I may be slow but the Lord has my attention!

  • fillerboys

    I think prayer is something we can always improve upon. I have been trying to take more time to pray for people and their needs when they come to mind, it's something that I can hear my late grandmother saying all the time that God puts people on our minds for a reason. I have been feeling very empty in life in general and I was floating around in our pool this afternoon and it hit me that I just have to come to Him in prayer about it, it's nothing that I can do or fix. Life has a way of overtaking us so much that we buzz through our whole day sometimes and it's bedtime and I realize I haven't prayed or opened the bible. Sometimes ashamedly several days go by like that. I'm glad to have found this site as a way to interact and keep me more accountable.

  • Hi! New here..and not sure if this is where I should be posting this but..I have to tell it!
    I woke up yesterday morning (after thinking the day before I wanted to be in the Word more) and decided I wanted to pray, really pray! Not just over meals or before going to bed (which i usually dose off during :( ) so during the day I made a list of things to pray for within my family, friends and the country. I prayed and asked god to let me read scripture and then really pray for these things listed. And I did. Then, yesterday while going through a friend of a friends instagram I came across #shereadstruth and googled it, found the site and what do you know..a wonderful prayer and journaling schedule going on! And, for the day one it was Matthew 6:5-13.. Where God tells you exactly how to PRAY! This is Exactly what I had asked God for the hours before when it was “just an idea in my head”. #shereadstruth , you’re a real blessing! 

    • Sarah

      Oh Brandee, what a blessing. It's so wonderful to see His works.
      I pray that this community blesses you, and that you are able to really dive into the Word.

      p.s.- I doze off during my night time prayers too! But what better way to fall asleep peacefully than talking to your loving Father?? :)

  • I am so glad to be starting this new plan! I Didn’t get on track with the last plan and I noticed how my time spent reading the bible decreased. These plans really help me to spend more time reading and studying His word. Definitely helps keep me accountable!

  • Charlotte

    My pastor spoke on this part of our study yesterday, thought I would share my notes.

    BridgePoint — Climb Series VII
    Matthew 6:5-15

    Big Ideas:
    1. For Jesus, the why is just as important as the what.
    2. Authentic prayer is practiced in private, not performed in public.
    3. Authentic prayer is based on a loving relationship not a lifeless ritual.

    "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6:5, 6 ESV)
    1. It's not if, but when you pray — prayer is a requirement of a relationship with Jesus.
    2. Prayer is not a performance — just talk to Him.
    3. Prayer is not a competition

    "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." (Matthew 6:7, 8 ESV)
    1. Prayer is to connect and to communicate
    2. Prayer is based on a relationship
    3. Prayer helps us to grown
    4. Prayer is not so God knows our needs, but so we know who supplies them

    Pray then like this: "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 if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:9-15 ESV)
    1. Pray like this — not these exact words
    2. Authentic prayer is a privilege; not an obligation
    3. Authentic prayer, exalts God instead of elevating us

  • waitingwithcreation

    I've heard these verses on prayer my whole life, but I heard Him say something different to me today. Yes, I know not to be showy with my prayers, not to seek others' approval of my spiritual life. But today, He said to me, "Prayer is a time for your day to just be about Me and you." What a privilege to come to the Lord in prayer, and I often do it to be right with Him so that I can then serve and minister successfully. I think it's important to know that we are to have a clear channel before Him, but what a fresh perspective to just focus on Him! I also love that this verse points out that He is our reward. I love referring to the Lord as my Portion, and when we seek Him in prayer, He is free to be just that. Fresh perspective today!

  • Samantha

    I love this study SO much. It's JUST what I need right now, particularly because the first day was on my first official FULL day back at work after a long absence and I am SO thankful for His blessings.
    I'm also doing a study through Beth Moore's blog on Nehemiah (by Kelly Minter) and it focuses a lot on prayer. I think together these studies are going to change my prayer life immensely.

  • I was visiting at a friend’s house last week and she called for each of them “Come here so I can pray with you before you go to bed.”. Instead of the traditional hug and kiss, this was her legacy for bedtime. Sometimes hearing the prayers of others strengthens our faith and reminds us of truth. We don’t want to do it do wrong reasons, but there are good reasons to learn to speak prayers, too. The more the word is in our hearts, the more it comes out. The word says there are defiantly times to “confess” (Romans) and to speak with our mouths (Psalms).

  • I agree. I wasn't raised in a church so this is all so new to me and I struggle with being worried I'm "doing it right" instead of just having a conversation with God.

  • I worked my way through the last plan in my own devotional time, but this session I wanted to really try and check in on the blog and engage with the community more, because I think that's what makes this so special! I've loved seeing so many of my blog/twitter friends from different circles all talking about how this is impacting their lives. I think that the emphasis on prayer is so aptly timed for me. I've been through a rough year and I've found that time in the word and prayer is what's gotten me through. As much as I love devotionals and commentary, it's easy for me to skim through someone else's take on the Bible and call it good, without ever really engaging it for myself. I'm hoping that having only the verses to go on the next few weeks will break that bad habit!

    • Semi_Healthy Amanda

      I agree! Sometimes the devotionals are what that specific person got from the verses. I think God shows us in the verses what we ourselves need to know. :-)

  • Very excited to be joining everyone. What I noticed in today's reading is repeating the fact that if we do not forgive others, we will not be forgiven. How can we grow closer to God without this basic idea? Praying for those who cut us off in traffic or rude to us when we show kindness….this is what I've been trying to do by praying for them instead of losing my temper or worse, thinking ill of them.I hope I'm on the right page….this is my first time doing anything like this!

    • smallstillvoices

      Thanks for your post Kristin! I am doing some catch up and really found yours to be insightful. I think that will forgiveness, if we don't forgive its not only that we won't be forgiven, but that we don't DESERVE forgiveness. I love your idea of praying for them instead of getting angry. It takes so much will and patience that you can't do it alone, and NEED God to carry that.

  • jmmills23

    I love how the Amplified Version helps give more meaning to the words of verse 12 that we can easily just read through because we know them so well as part of the Lord's Prayer…So here is verse 12 from that version: "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors." Wowsa! We definitely have a high calling when it comes to forgiveness in the Christian life. Another thought here: "Forgive us as we have forgiven…" So that begs the question, how HAVE I forgiven others? Food for thought. Thank you Lord for the challenges Your word brings to my heart!

  • I'm just joining you all. Here's what I was struck by while reading the passage. Prayer is not all that hard. We don't have to do it in public for people to see. We don't have to use lots of flowy-flowy words. We just need to acknowledge God's authority, submit to His will, ask for what we need, repent of our sins and rely on Him. That kind of makes it more manageable to me.

  • Stephie @ OMA

    Decided why not – now to share with my church's Ladies Group

  • Look at all these comments!! God surely is good!

    This new reading plan is going to so exciting. Very often, when I do a devotional, I feel like I focus more on what the person has to say than God’s word. This plan forces me to focus solely on the Word of God! How awesome it is! I pray that all of you, as we read together, may be able to bring God glory, by His Grace and to be richly blessed. In Jesus name. Amen!!

  • Looking forward to being a part of this! I need to get back in God's Word on a daily basis.

  • The timing on this is once again perfect. I was just talking with my husband last night about how much I struggle with my prayer time. It just seems like work and I feel so guilty thinking of it that way and even typing that. I always struggle with whether I am doing right, having enough reverence for Him, being too repetitive, yada yada yada. I have a way of making things harder than they have to be. The Message Bible verse 6 helped me by stating: "Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.

    So grateful for all of you guys!

  • For some added insight and truths about this passage of scripture, Andy Stanley, pastor at our church preached an awesome message just this last Sunday! "Red Letter Prayers: Part 1: Our Father" check it out here….

    • Jamie

      First, so thankful to be doing this "with you" :) second, thanks for sharing the link. Third, miss you and your insights, please share!

  • This has been so so good for me. I am always intimidated and do not feel like my prayers are long or eloquent enough. My sometimes short and to the point prayers are just what the Father wants.

    • Laura

      God doesn't want us to say certain things. He just wants to talk with us! :)

  • Natasha Hollerup

    Hello all. This is my first day here at #shereadstruth. I didn't know what exactly propelled me to start at first but then, I started reading and I could understand very clearly. I think I'm going to enjoy this

    • Amanda

      This is my first time attempting to participate in the "community" side of this instead of just doing the devotional, and I'm so excited to see a face I "know" :)

  • Jennifer H.

    What a great reminder that prayer is simply me and God having a conversation.

    I love how The Message says, "All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?"

    Humorous, but true.

  • I sometimes feel bad that I am not all that comfortable praying out loud in a group. I wasn't raised that way. Prayer was your private conversation with God. This was great for me to read. Sometimes I just say to God, "You know what I have in my heart. Let Your will be done and help me to see and accept it."

    • Casie

      I’m the same way. Im uncomfortable praying out loud in front of others because I feel it takes away from my prayer. Like I have to say the right things instead of really talking to God.

    • Amy Fredrickson

      I feel the same way. I started praying out loud in a small fellowship group, and I'm so worried about what to say it comes out of fear and nervousness than my heart. Really trying to work on it!

  • As I was reading these verses this morning I realized that my desire to pray and ask God is directly related to how much I really do trust him to do what he says He will. A lack of faith in very specific parts of my life, essentially. I am also afraid of what his answers to my prayers might be – which comes down to my need for control and lack of surrender. Wow, some good revelation even as I type this.

  • "And dont let us yield to temptation but rescue us from the evil one" – This is the part I've recently had happen in my life. Where I have been too weak to remove that temptation, so the Lord has prepared his way of doing it himself. It hasn't been easy and my flesh is weak, but I know this is the plan He was for me. I needed to be rescued, and he continually does it.

  • I read this quote recently & I think it fits perfectly with the start of this series. It's something I needed to be reminded of- & it can totally change your prayer life:
    ‎"Prayer is asking God to align you with His will, rather than asking Him to be aligned with yours."

    • Kim B.

      Loved that Brooke! My issue is trust, do I trust Him enough to submit to His will for me? I'm going through a VERY difficult trial right now & I feel like following God's will is just taking me deeper into it. I need to trust that even though He may be taking me deeper, He won't leave me there.

      • brooke

        I like how you said He won't leave you there… I hope that means you realize He's there with you as you're going through it too. He won't just be there when it's over- he's Here now! Trust is a hard thing. I will pray for strength for you!

  • jennthoma

    Isn't it amazing how God makes all things work together?? I'm doing another group study on Discerning the Voice of God. I started Soul Detox a couple of weeks ago and almost all of those daily studies lined up with my group study! Today, I started Prayer, reluctantly because I had just been through a similar group study. I am inspired!! The messages relate closely, but are so different. I love the way he pulls out seemingly small things to rock my world!! My favorites from today…He knows before I ask – give us TODAY our food for TODAY – Shut the door!

  • Has anyone else noticed that the Lord's Prayer is focused on God and then on the believing community (us, our) rather than the individual? Very convicting for my heart on the first day of this new study!

    • Laura

      Yes! I especially notice how the Lord's Prayer starts off with God – worshipping God! I think if we approach God, we need to acknowledge who He is, and if we acknowledge who He is then we shouldn't be able to help but worship him. The entire Lord's prayer seems to be acknowledging God's sovereignty over our lives, in my opinion.

      • Laura

        Rebecca, Thank you for pointing that out! I never would have caught it. My prayers are always self-focused rather than Christ-centered. This is day one for me and I'm very excited to see what the Lord reveals to me through his word.

  • this is my first day! im so excited to get into this study and spend more prayer time with Daddy. does anyone know where the daily devotional is posted? im not sure if its whats written on the home page or if it will be posted later under the daily devotional link? thanks!

    • Kacia

      Hi Haley!! We are reading a plan published through the YouVersion website or app!! If you click over to it should have all the info and links!

      • bekah

        I am starting today too… followed the steps under the How instructions, but i cannot seem to find the shereadstruth devo on the app. Can you help out??

        thanks! Im excited to join this community!


        • SheReadsTruth

          Hey Bekah!! So happy you are here!! Search \”prayer\” instead

          Of shereadstruth! :)

          • bekah

            yes, I did prayer…. nothing showed up that seemed to indicate it started today. Is that the title of the devo… prayer. I'm feeling pretty silly since there are thousands of women who had no trouble… but some how I am. I'm updating my you version app in case it's something with that. Any other thoughts? Pointer??

          • bekah

            WAIT A SECOND….. silly me! the very first study says 3 weeks… that's the one I'm looking for right!?!?! Ooopsie… I thought 3 weeks meant that's how long ago it was posted on You Version. I'm with y'all now ladies! My bad!! :)

  • Meredith


    I interpret these verses the same way you do. That the most important thing is just that private relationship with God, not going to church and showing others that we can pray, not being the person who says the blessing at a big event. The verses say those people have their reward, what they are doing isn’t bad – but you need that private relationship with God too.

    I just struggle with my private prayers. Sometimes I feel like I just whine at God and I don’t want to be like that. Anyone else feel that way?

    • Shannon

      I really love this, but I also struggle with it, because I feel like my relationship with God is very private, and it's the going to church part and being around people who sometimes it seems do it for purely social reasons and "look how wonderful I am" that really bothers me. Not that there is ANYthing wrong with going to church and being part of a community, because of course that's extremely important, I just sometimes can't get past the idea of bringing glory to yourself for what a great Christian you are, getting up in front of everyone because you like to be the one to speak always, etc., when I just don't feel like that's what it's about, or where the glory needs to go. So I feel like I often get so much more out of my private prayer time than I ever do with others..though I think that has more to do with the particular people I'm often with when I do pray with others than it does with communing with others in general.

      But that just opens up a whole can of church-related worms for me — I have my own struggles with it (a lot of it just has to do with the specific church where I go, which is very small and doesn't reflect much of who I am, so I feel like an outcast — but it's my husband's family's church and he's just not willing to change, so it is what it is.)

      • Stacie

        I can somewhat relate to your church situation. It can be very challenging when husband and wife are on different pages when it comes to what they expect/want in a church. Luckily neither of us (me or hubby) had a "home" church that we grew up in nearby, so we could somewhat start fresh. But while I'm comfortable to blend into a large church (or hide in the crowd, really), my husband likes a smaller congregation. For a couple years we kept attending the large church that I found during college, but we recently made the decision to drive to one of their smaller campuses about 35 minutes away. I guess it was a compromise of sorts – it is still part of the same church that I connect with, but a somewhat smaller location to make him more comfortable. I'm working on dealing with my social anxiety of being noticed in a smaller congregation. :)

        I know finding that middle ground isn't always that easy, and I hope that you're able to find it. Feeling an outcast in everyday life is expected for me, so church should be a place to feel accepted and comfortable.

      • Lisa

        I totally relate! I know so many people who go to church on Sunday just to say they did. They actually say they can behave however they want during the week because they can ask God to forgive them on Sunday. I think that's a dangerous attitude.

    • Hannah C.

      In A Praying Life, Paul Miller compares praying to a child talking to his/her parents. Even though the child is self-absorbed and whiny at times, God still cares because that's his kid! It's not a perfect analogy, but I found it helpful. Part of the point of praying is just *talking to God*. Even if we're whining. If we can't be broken around God, then who *can* we be broken around?? Not that He won't tell us to shape up…but I firmly believe it's okay for us to say "Argh, I'm having xyz problems and I know I should do abc but it's SO HARD!" (I highly recommend that book, by the way.)

      • Beth

        +1 to "A Praying Life"! I learned so much from that book, especially about using the index cards for each person you pray for.

  • nicoleecarey(:

    Jesus loves my simple prayers! The word I want to especially pray through is forgiveness, seeking it from Him and extending it to others.

  • meganrae1988

    I am confused by verses 5-8 from today. I know they don't mean to not pray with others or to not pray out loud… But that's all I know. Are they just saying to not be showy with our prayers? Am I missing somthing big here? Oye, it figures we start with these verses, they have always confused me.

    Help appreciated!

    • julie

      i think it has to do more with your heart as you pray. ensuring it is turned to God and not people. so yes, not showy, but wow imagine not praying with others…that would be tough when i have a hard time praying and need the community of believers lifting me up.

    • rebecca

      I think you're on the right track about not being "showy." My study Bible pointed out that Jesus was addressing a common practice of Jewish religious leaders to do all kinds of righteous acts publicly to receive esteem, attention, etc. rather than from a motivation to please God. It was an external show rather than a truly internal experience. It's all about the heart!

      On a side note, I've found a couple of resources to be super helpful lately as I try to study the Bible deeper. One is a study Bible with commentary (which I know can be expensive, but worth saving up for). The second is the Secret Church series on studying the Bible by David Platt (author of Radical). All of his messages are available for free as podcasts on iTunes. I think they're listed under Brook Hills, the name of his congregation. He gives a lot of detailed information about the Bible and how to interpret Scripture that can be overwhelming but very helpful.

      • meganrae1988

        Thanks Rebecca! I'm reading Radical with my church small group right now, so I know Pratt is good. I will definitely check it out!

    • ChristineFergus

      To me it means don't pray for the sake of being seen by other men and seeking their glory. So, yes, don't be "showy" with your prayer.

    • Laura

      I think the key thing to notice in verses 5 is "that is all the reward they will ever get". The reward talked about here is reward from others – personal glory. I don't think we aren't called to pray with groups of people, or even in public if we are called to – we are being warned against praying out of our own pride – to lift ourselves up and bring ourselves glory. Instead, our prayer should be focused towards a reward of intimacy with God, giving HIM the glory. (verse 6: "Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you."

      If you're also confused about verses 7 and 8, I think we are being warned against praying as a ritual instead of praying as a way to draw nearer to our Father. We need to have honest conversation with God and not simply repeat words.

    • waitingwithcreation

      I love the transparency of a sister that can just say, "I don't know!" He is so faithful to teach us when we seek His wisdom and truth, isn't He! This blessed me and challenged me.

  • This is spot on for me. I struggle deeply with prayer so this study is much needed. Is there devotional material every day as well like the previous study?

    • meganrae1988

      Nope… Just the Word, and talking to our Daddy and sisters a out it!

    • Kacia

      Hi Sarah! We know this plan is a bit of a change, especially from our last study! We really wanted our emphasis to be on reading His word- that being said, we are praying that our community will rise to its needs! We pray that questions will be asked, shared, and discussed here!

      • chipchiphooray

        I'm definitely nervous about that–the Surrendered Life plan was my first community reading / bible study, period, and I found the devotionals really helpful in sparking my thought. I hope I'm able to feel as deeply connected without them!

  • I already feel so blessed by this. Definitely need to work on remember that God knows what I need before I ask.

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