Nothing fascinates me more than the life of Jesus; The Son of God Son of Man, perfect in all His ways. According to Hebrews 1:3 He is the exact representation of the Father! In other words; He is perfect theology, and all that we ever needed to know about the nature of God is revealed in Jesus. So as much as we love all the heroes of the bible and in the faith, none of them should grab our attention as much as The Christ, Our Saviour and Redeemer.
When we look at the life of Jesus, there are so many aspects we could zone in on and glean from. For instance, how does he deal with sinners or the religious leaders, how does he relate to the sick and the broken, how does he handle rejection and persecution etc. However, in this article, we will simply look at His prayer life in order to pattern our’s after that of the perfect One.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”. Mark 1:35
1- Jesus woke up early to pray!
Prayer is a discipline, in other words, we engage in prayer by choice, and not by feelings. We seek God out of commitment and not out of convenience. It is of utmost importance that we meet with God before we meet with the devil. Therefore, make prayer a priority in your day just as Jesus did.
2- Jesus left the house and went to a solitary place.
Corporate prayer is awesome; as it brings us into the power of agreement. But there is something about us connecting with God on our own that is second to none.
There are many benefits to solitude, but in my opinion, the main benefit of being alone with God is gaining His perspective on the world and our lives. Often times the demands of day to day living can cloud our judgement and cause us to become distracted and bogged down with the affairs of this life. And the once we lose focus and perspective, we become easy prey for the enemy to pull us down.
So like Jesus, let us prioritise our alone times with The Father.
3- Jesus sometimes spent all night in prayer (Luke 6:12)
I’ve heard people argue the need for long prayers verses the need for short prayers. Personally, I don’t see an issue with either, since there were times that Jesus prayed all night, and at other times, only a few words were necessary.
Many believers miss the point in prayer because they view prayer as just another duty or religious activity that needs to be engaged in. Whereas, in essence; prayer is communion with the father in a loving relationship, as we seek to know His heart. And then, from a place of knowing Him, we go out into the world empowered by Him, to reveal His nature, and to bring His will to bear on situations that are contrary to it.
4- Jesus prayed for people (Luke 22:41-44)
This point is rather obvious, but the reason I mention it is because we live in such a self obsessed, selfie generation that many believers only pray about themselves. I often hear people say “I’m praying for you”, but I can’t help but wonder if that is indeed true or just a religious thing people say.
Nevetheless; pray for one another!
5- Jesus prayers were intense! (Hebrews 5:7)
In the above mentioned verse, it is recorded that Jesus prayed with loud cries and tears. In Luke 22:44 it is recorded that His sweat actually turned to blood! Wow, – I am moved whilst writing this, as I’m reminded of how intense and passionate Jesus is.
Dear friends, too many of us are cold and indifferent about prayer, claiming that they we not emotional yet there are many things that excite and stir our passions.
Beloved, let’s be passionate about Jesus and our relationship with Him.
“If our prayers don’t move us, how will they move anything else”
Much Love to you all!
Marlon R Oliver
For more on prayer; check out my book “The Be-Attitudes of prayer” available for free download on the resource page.
And also read my other blog on prayer titled: KEEPING PRAYER SIMPLE! (5 REASONS)