When you pray, do you sometimes mail it in? Just throw up the quick request and fall asleep? When it comes to praying, do you ever wonder if it matters, or if it is even necessary? Then here’s some food for thought…
“Jesus said, “When you have seen me, you have seen the Father”, and “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30; 14:9) You might suppose that, as the Son of God, Jesus had an automatic connection with the Father; But not so. He stayed connected in the same way each of us has the opportunity to stay connected: he prayed. He talked to his Father, and it was an integral part of how he did what he did. Our prayer life is a spiritual lifeline, a way for us to stay connected to the Lord. If you want to understand God and stay connected to Him, take a closer look at a few of the passages about Jesus’ prayers. Maybe you’ll find a clue!
“So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” (John 11:41-42 NASB)
“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (Luke 5:16)
“After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.” (Mark 6:46)
“After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23 NASB)
“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” (Mark 1:35 NASB)
“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12 NASB)
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” (Matthew 6:9, NIV)
So…How’s your prayer life these days?
Praying sometimes feels like such a bother, It sounds pretentious or it sounds so trite-- So different than just talking to our Father When he would tuck us into bed at night. You'd think that Jesus wouldn't have to pray, Since He was God--the way, the truth, the Light! But he prayed often: every single day, Early, late, and deep into the night! He prayed with passion and he prayed with trust; Jesus prayed with such an intimate tone... He prayed for others. (Wow, he prayed for US!) He prayed in public, and he prayed alone. Jesus taught his followers how to care, And even gave us words that changed the game, Providing his example of a prayer: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Bring on Thy kingdom; may your will be done!" It's called "The Lord's prayer". Surely you have seen it, And maybe you've recited it once or twice; But have you really prayed as if you mean it? If not, then here's a little prayer advice: If God seems far away, or just seems hid, Try this: go off and pray like Jesus did.
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