23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.Matthew 14:23 NKJV
Jesus is the ultimate example of the importance of prayer. Jesus prayed in public and in private. He prayed with and for the disciples- He openly prayed for others. Jesus commanded prayer- encouraged prayer- taught prayer- and modeled a healthy prayer life.
During Jesus’ life he often left his disciples and stepped away from His ministry to have alone time in prayer.
Jesus revealed that prayer is much more than request-making or seeking guidance. He teaches us that prayer also drives us for the following-
- for worship
- for expressions of praise
- for a way to show adoration of Him
- for confession
- for thanksgiving to God.
In Luke 11:1-4 when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray- He gave the example of what we call ‘The Lords Prayer”.
Prayer was not just a lengthy word exercise for Jesus, it was a connection and the way to communicate with God. Jesus would pour his heart and soul into His prayers. It was a time of great expression from His spirit. An intense intimacy with God that does not just form overnight. Jesus spent years praying, seeking, and spending time with God to reach the kind of intimacy that His disciples observed in Jesus while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:36-46)
Luke 24:13-32 tells the story of two disciples that walked with Jesus on the day of His resurrection from just outside of Jerusalem to Emmaus. The gospel reveals that they walked and talked with Jesus for several hours but they did not know it was Him.
When mealtime came Jesus prayed over the bread and than broke it- this is when the disciples eyes were opened and they knew it was Him.
Notice that it was something to do with the characteristics of Jesus’ prayer that confirmed to the disciples that it was Him that they had spent all that time with on their journey to Emmaus.
Prayer was the center of Jesus’ life. The Bible is full of examples on different ways and reasons that Jesus prayed.
If Jesus needed alone time in prayer and He is God’s son- how much more do you think that we need prayer to be the center of our life?
Thank you Lord for the power of prayer and for giving us Jesus as the ultimate example. Lord forgive us for not coming to you more in prayer. Open our hearts and eyes to the necessity of pray and fill us with the desire to be more intimate with you. Remind us God that prayer helps us to build a relationship with you. I pray that Your message on Jesus’ prayer life is made clear to each person who reads this. Thank you Lord for Your patience and forgiveness in Jesus mighty name I pray.