The ultimate example for all Christians is Jesus. One thing was very clear about Jesus…. He prayed! There are a few things about His prayer life that we can all learn from.
- The beginning of his ministry on earth was started in prayer. Jesus prayed and the heaven was opened up and the Spirit descended on him like a dove. (Luke 3:21-22)
- At times Jesus withdrew for a time of prayer. He often went on the mountainside to pray. He prayed late at night. (Matthew 14;23), He got up early to pray (Mark 1:35), He prayed in the wilderness alone (Luke 5:16). In His life we can see that although praying with a group is good, even Jesus knew the importance of time alone in prayer.
- Jesus prayed with others. Luke 9:28, he took Peter, James and John and prayed. We need to be faithful to the prayer room.
- Jesus spent time in prayer before making major choices. “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles” (Luke 6:12-13). Before choosing the disciples, he spent the entire night praying. I wonder how much better our lives would be if we spent all night praying before we made major choices?
- Jesus prayed for others. “Simon, Satan hath desired to have you, but I prayed for you that your faith fail not.” Jesus prayed for the disciples or his coworkers in the Kingdom (Luke 22:32).
- Jesus’ prayer times were often teaching experiences. “After a time of prayer with the disciples, Jesus asked, “Who do people say that I am” (Luke 18-20)? And revelation came. Thou are the Christ.
- Jesus prayed during his greatest time of need. (On the cross)
- Jesus taught persistence in prayer. He told the disciples that men ought always to pray and not give up. Luke 18:1 (Can’t imagine He would tell them to do something He wasn’t doing himself)
- Jesus prayed before meals.
- o when he fed the five thousand with the boy’s lunch of bread and fish (Mark 6:41);
- o when he fed the four thousand (Mark 8:6);
- o when he shared a meal with his disciples in the upper room the night before his crucifixion (Mark 14:22);
- o and, following his resurrection, when he shared a meal with Cleopas and his wife in Emmaus (Luke 24:30).
If we are CHRIST-LIKE, then WE MUST be people of prayer.