This article will take a look at the prayer life of Jesus. As in all things, Jesus should be our example, and through studying His prayer life we can learn meany things.
In Mark 1:35, we see Jesus praying early in the morning in a solitary place. Jesus did this often. I believe He chose this time and place because he would be undisturbed. Often we need to get up before others, in order to find a quiet time or look for an isolated place where we can fully center our attention on God. Also for some, this is when they are fresh and their minds are clear. For others, the late riser or one who wakes slowly, this may not be the best time. We do not always have to find a quiet place to pray. We can pray at any time, but there is something special about getting away with God.
In Luke 6:12-13, we see Jesus prayed on a mountain and at night. We see that He prayed all night. Why did Jesus do this? Jesus did this because He was about to make a major decision. He was going to choose His twelve disciples. We always need to pray before we make any decision, but even more so when it is a major decisions.
As we have already mentioned, Jesus often went off to be alone in prayer.
In Luke 5:16-17, Jesus went of to a lonely place to renew himself after healing many that He might go back out in the authority and power of God. We in the same way as ministers of the Gospel, need to find places of prayer where we can refresh ourselves in order that we may continue to minister in His power. (see Mark 6:46)
In John 17:9, we see that Jesus prayed for us. He prayed that His Father would protect us. He prayed that we be one. He prayed that we have the full measure of His joy. He prayed that we be protected from the evil one. He prayed that they be sanctified. He prayed that we might be with Him and see His glory. He prayed that God’s love be shown through them. This prayer shows God’s love and concern for us. Also, it shows God’s will for our lives. We to need to pray one for another in this way.
Let us look at Jesus prayer at Gethsemane. (Matt. 26:36-46)
Why did Jesus go and pray in Gethsemane? Jesus went here to pray and be strengthened because He knew His death was near. In the same way, in times of difficulty we need to go to the Lord in prayer and draw strength from Him.
What did Jesus want his disciples to do while He prayed? He wanted them to be in prayer.
Why do you think the disciples didn’t pray with Jesus? They didn’t know what Jesus knew.
If they knew what Jesus knew, they would have been in prayer. Jesus tells His disciples to pray so that they might have the strength to not fall into temptation. Spending time with the Lord is essential to our spiritual strength and protection from temptation. Yet, prayer in itself is not enough. We need to yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit and need the help of others to be strong.
I thank the Lord that he not only prayed for us and His disciples back in Bible times, but He is still praying for us today.
Hebrews 7:25 – “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”