Time and time again in scriptures we see Jesus praying. Now it may seem a bit odd for God the Son to pray to God the Father but understand God is Triune. Three persons in the One Godhead who communicate with each other. Now we also must look at Christ in His humanity. Christ prayed because He was human, He needs the communication with the Father as much as you and I do. So let's take a quick look at the snapshots of the prayer life of our Lord.
We will encounter both in ways Jesus prayed and what Jesus prayed for. Disciples should desire to do both. Tomorrow's blog will have the what Jesus prayed for while today has the how.
Ways in which Jesus prayed:
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
Here we see Jesus praying early in the morning before the Sun is even up. This is not something many of us do because we love our sleep, we must seek to put our prayer life before all else. We need to be in communication with God early in the day to prepare our hearts for the temptation the enemy will throw at us. Jesus here and in many other places in the Gospels would go and pray in a quiet area by Himself. It is important for us to find that quiet time with God, I encourage you to find a place, preferably in nature but a closet will work just as well. The point is to take the time to be alone with God in prayer.
How much time do you spend in prayer with God by yourself?
At major life moments
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)
We see one of the biggest days in anyone's life is that of when they profess Jesus is Lord and publicly identity with His death burial and resurrection. We call this believer's baptism, Jesus when He was baptized, said He did it to fulfill all righteousness, while the reason for baptism was different, (will post a different blog for that someday) He prayed and while that happened the prayer is answered. The heavens are opened up, literally the skies opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. We have many things to pray for but step one is always to pray.
When do you pray? Is at the big moments in life?
Remember you shouldn't expect a response to prayer if you never pray. That would be like expecting food to be in your fridge but you refuse to go to the grocery store.
Praying all night
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. (Luke 6:12-16)
Similar to the major life moments, times will call upon us to make big decisions. Often times we will face decisions on choosing leaders, maybe for you that maybe choosing a job to take, a bank loan to accept, whatever it is, understand when you make choices that impact your life, soak the decision in a time of serious prayer.
What decisions are you facing that need you to be in prayer all night long?
With His Disciples
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” (Matt 26:26)
It is a great honor to pray for other people, it is an equal honor to pray with other people. Charles Spurgeon said the greatest thing anyone could do for him was to pray for him. Jesus in this passage prays the blessing on the food but also is praying with His disciples. We need to both pray for each other and with each other.
Do you pray with others? Do you pray for others? The easiest path to forgiving is to be praying for those who have hurt you.