The right way
Who’s a better teacher than Jesus when it comes to learning how to pray? He seeks His Father’s will. Have you noticed? He speaks to our Father, Spirit we cannot see, and asks for His kingdom to reign. Right here, right now, in His life. Jesus prays for God’s will to be done. A submissive servant prays to His Father. The right way to pray. (Matthew 6:9-10)
The wrong way
“And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:7-8 NASB)
Daily bread, forgiveness of shortcomings and kept out of harm’s way covers the servant’s personal needs. (Matthew 6:11- 13) Prayer Jesus taught is mostly seeking God’s will; He knows what we need. Thanksgiving is another matter. Then, I’m sure it’s ok to go on and on.
There is one hard fact regarding relationships that affect prayer in God’s kingdom. “For if you forgive other people for their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive other people, then your Father will not forgive your offenses.” (Matthew 6 :14-15 NASB)
So, remember to leave your gift/prayer and make things right with the one who offended before returning to God’s altar. (Matthew 5:23-24) Just the way things work in God’s kingdom.