Prayer is the direct communication to God. God’s initial plan was to commune with His creation on a daily basis. However, through the fall of man we were disconnected from God. God has provided a way for us to commune with him once again through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus stated that no man comes to the Father but through me (John 14:6). This establishes a protocol on how we are to engage God.
Many of us have trouble establishing a consistent prayer life. Using the simple yet effective acronym PTOY will allow us to develop a consistent prayer life with God.
Praise- Jesus has given us a template on prayer by giving us The Lord’s Prayer. It starts off by saying “Our Father which art in heaven hallowed it by thy name”. In this, our prayers should start by giving God Praise. Example: Heavenly Father…I pause to give You the highest praise…I say Hallelujah to Your name.
Thanks – Note in Psalms 50: 14 it states that we are to offer thanks to pay our vows to the Most high. Example: Heavenly Father I pause to say “Thank You!” Thank you for all that you have done!
Others – In James 5: 16 it solicits us to pray for one another because “the effectual prayer of the righteous avails much”. Example: Master I pause right now to lift up this world to You…cover and touch each one of Your creation.
Yourself – Note how Luke 18: 13 solicits God to be merciful on the writer. Example: Heavenly Father I petition Your mercy. Have mercy on me O God!
Remember, we are to say and petition all these things through His son Jesus. We are to conclude all communication with God through Jesus. Example: In the mighty name of Jesus I pray! Amen
Now if we put each one of the example prayers together it will read as such:
“Heavenly Father…I pause to give you the highest praise…I say Hallelujah to your name. Heavenly Father I pause to say “Thank You!” Thank You for all that You have done! Master, I pause right now to lift up this world to You…cover and touch each one of Your creation. Heavenly Father I petition Your mercy. Have mercy on me O God! In the mighty name of Jesus I pray! Amen
People of God, utilize this simple acronym PTOY and it can start you on your way to having a strong prayer life. It also can give you the confidence you need to pray in any instance and for any occasion.