But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” John 17:13-16
Jesus taught us to pray in simplicity and in sincerity; in confidence and in clarity; in expectation and in faith. He taught us to pray in all things and at all times. He taught us to pray with a clean heart, with single mindedness, with a forgiving spirit, and with a grateful heart.
When His disciples came to Him asking for instruction in prayer, Jesus gave them a pattern of prayer. He told them that prayer starts from a relationship with the Father, and that the beginning and end of prayer is for His glory. It is the Father’s will that we seek in prayer, it is the Father’s heart that we touch in prayer; it is the Father’s hand that we move through prayer; it is the Father’s goodness that we receive through prayer; it is the Father’s ways that we learn through prayer.