So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Prayer was the essence of Jesus Christ’s relationship with the Father. He prayed for Himself and for His mission and He continues to intercede for all believers. Shouldn’t we follow the example of Christ in prayer?
Prayer is all about relationship. Jesus demonstrated His relationship to His Father and was obedient to Him even to Jesus’ death. Jesus was totally obedient to His Father’s will and it was central to Jesus’ life and thought. “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” (John 4:34) Jesus desired to have communion with His Father. “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9 NKJV) Jesus submitted to His Father. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NKJV) And Jesus gave thanks and praise to His Father. “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.” (Luke 10:21 NKJV)
Again, I ask, shouldn’t we follow Jesus’ example of prayer? Prayerfulness is an attitude by which there is a constant relationship between God and believers. Prayerfulness arises from a desire to be with God. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I do hope. My soul wait for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning – Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5-6 NKJV) Jesus desired to be in conversation with His Father.
Prayerfulness arises from an awareness of need that can only be met by God. “Now she who is really a widow, and left alone, trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayer night and day.” (1 Timothy 5:5 NKJV) I know you have had times of complete dependency and you needed God’s intervention to get past your circumstance. We all have had this happen to us. Sometimes we have responded in prayer, while other times it may have taken us a while to realize we can’t do everything or control everything. Jesus depended on His Father’s will for His life.
Prayerfulness demonstrates a continuing trust in God. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:5-8 NKJV) Jesus trusted His Father with His life.
Prayerfulness involves a heart that is right with God. “When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:15-17 NKJV) Jesus’ heart was the heart of the Father. They both were One.
Friend, there is no better example of a prayer life than the prayer life of Jesus. We can trust our own judgment or look to others as our “hero”, but I just can’t go there. Jesus gave His life for me and gave me in return eternal life through His grace and mercy. There is nothing or no one that compares to my Savior, Jesus. In Him, I place my life.
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your grace and mercy that gives me life. Thank You that You will never fail me and are always near when I call. Thank You Jesus that we can be together in prayer; where I can share everything that I feel and that I face and You will be there to listen, to guide, to direct, to heal, to restore, to deliver, to redeem, to set me straight. Glory to You, O Lord! In You I place my life. I walk with You, hand in hand. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!