Thanks for this good question about prayer.
When Jesus was here on earth, his apostles
asked him the same question you asked me: give
us a model prayer. And in his response, he gave
the apostles what has come down through the
ages as "The Lord's prayer."
144:3.1 But the apostles were not yet
satisfied; they desired Jesus to give them a
model prayer which they could teach the new
disciples. After listening to this discourse on
prayer, James Zebedee said: "Very good, Master,
but we do not desire a form of prayer for
ourselves so much as for the newer believers
who so frequently beseech us, `Teach us how
acceptably to pray to the Father in heaven.'"
When James had finished speaking,
Jesus said: "If, then, you still desire such a
prayer, I would present the one which I taught
my brothers and sisters in Nazareth":
"Our Father who is 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 bread for tomorrow;
Refresh our souls with the water of life.
And forgive us every one our debts
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
Save us in temptation, deliver us from
And increasingly make us perfect like
And further in that section we read:
Jesus gave the apostles the prayer
in collective form as they had prayed it in the
Nazareth home. He never taught a formal
personal prayer, only group, family, or social
petitions. And he never volunteered to do that.
Jesus taught that effective prayer
1. Unselfish —not alone for oneself.
2. Believing—according to faith.
3. Sincere—honest of heart.
4. Intelligent—according to light.
5. Trustful—in submission to the Father's
When Jesus spent whole nights on
the mountain in prayer, it was mainly for his
disciples, particularly for the twelve. The
Master prayed very little for himself, although
he engaged in much worship of the nature of
understanding communion with his Paradise
HERE is a much more
detailed teaching from Jesus regarding prayer.
And HERE is our topical study
of prayer in The Urantia Book
Thanks again, and happy reading!