KEY SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 5:7 ” Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;”
Prayer is a virtue, which is as vital, for our victory in life and effectiveness as Christians.
We take a study into the prayer example of our Lord Jesus
Our Lord Jesus was a man of prayer. (Remember we learnt that He was fully God and fully man).Our key scripture says IN THE DAYS OF HIS FLESH. He demonstrated His humanity in His prayer life. The Lord offered up prayers with great passion. It was heart felt. James 5:16 AMP…..the heartfelt prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much, it is dynamic and can have tremendous power…..”
It was this disposition to be praying consistently that caused the disciples to ask Him. Luke 11:1 “…..as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, …”The Lord Jesus was an extremely busy man, with crowds always around Him yet he never failed one day in not communicating with the father.
- He prayed during His baptism (Luke 3:21)
- He prayed and fasted forty days and forty nights (Luke 4:2)
- He frequently rose up a great while before the day to pray (Mark 1:35)
- He prayed through the night all alone (Luke 6:12)
- He prayed on the mountain apart deep into the night (Matt 14:23)
- He prayed in agony at Gethsemane (Luke 22:44).
- He prayed for all His disciples, past and even us in (John 17)
All these demonstrated His unflinching dependence on the Father during His earthly ministry. The results and impact of His ministry as a direct reflection of His prayer life is there for all to see.
Jesus has shown us the true life of prayer and we must learn from him.
Do you want to make a real impact on your world? Are you having unnecessary barriers to your life and ministry, then do as He did. Pray as if all depends on prayer and work as if all depends on working. This was the Lord’s approach to life and He was an immense success.
Thank you heavenly Father for the privilege of prayer. As I pray I enter into a closer relationship with you bringing transformation to me as well as effecting changes in my world around me
Matthew 14:23 ” And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone”.
Luke 3:21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened”,