KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:40 KJV” And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”
We would consider the mind of Jesus concerning prayer. The Lord Jesus gave so much of His time to pray. His disciples saw Him pray so much that, they asked Him to teach them to pray. Luke 11:1.
He expressed His attitude to prayer through the many statements He made about prayer. He taught that prayer is indispensable and that men should not stop praying. Luke 18:1 KJV “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
The Lord showed that praying can keep us from getting into temptation. What did He mean by temptation in the context of what He was saying? The Lord demonstrated this as He prayed fervently just before His arrest and subsequent suffering. He endured the challenge that came His way. From this event, we see temptation as a condition that overwhelms you. The scripture said an angel came to strengthen Him.
The Lord also demonstrated that before one takes a major decision, especially concerning choosing among a number of people to undertake a particular role with you, you have to spend a great deal of time praying in order to receive God’s will concerning the right person to choose. Luke 6:12 KJV “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.” Are you a leader?
Prayer was the life of Christ. He always kept communication lines with the Father. Remember, prayer is not a one-way affair. It is a dialogue between man and God our father.
Father, you are the source of my life, as well as my true dependence. Through prayer, I receive guidance and provisions for what I cannot do or get by my effort. Thanks for your love and your ears that are ever ready to hear me.
THOUGHT: PRAYING IS YOUR LIFE, FOR GOD IS YOUR SOURCE AND DEPENDENCE.
Psalms 34:15 KJV “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”
1Thess 5:17 KJV “Pray without ceasing.”