The Prayer Life of Jesus
Flipping through the Gospels, we read about the prayer life of Jesus. He’s steeped in prayer often, and it’s a sight to behold. He lives a life of communion with our Father. Multiple times, Jesus removes Himself from the crowd to hunker in, one-on-one, with the Almighty. Check out Mark 1:35 and Luke 5:16 for more on this.
In Luke 23:34, Jesus sends a plea upward for the very people who sneered and crucified Him.
Throughout Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, he prays often, including prayers for deliverance and healing. In Matthew 6, he shares the Lord’s prayer, words that flow with simple instructions concerning how to pray. No doubt about it, the prayer life of Jesus is bold, beautiful, and far-reaching.
What the Bible Says About Prayer
In addition to the Bible verses mentioned above, the Bible includes prayer in many scriptures. Check out the Bible verses listed below. Also, it’s handy to run an Internet search for What Does the Bible Say About Prayer, because the list is long!
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Five Lessons from the Prayer Life of Jesus
1. Consistently Talk to the Father
Jesus developed a consistent prayer life. Truth be told, He probably didn’t have to “develop” it. His communion with the Father was there from the beginning. We can take heart in that.
Through His example and the Bible’s instruction, we can develop a consistent prayer life, too. Simply chat and listen to our Father. Spend time with Him.
2. Find a Quiet Space
Be like Jesus. Pray among the crowds, but also find those quiet, one-on-one spaces. Whether it’s a war room or a walk around the kitchen island (like me), find that quiet space and pray.
3. Focus on God’s Will
Maturity nudges us to focus on God’s will, not our own. Not always easy, right? But possible. Just take a look at Luke 22:41-42. Study how Jesus handled the time leading up to his own difficult and painful death on the cross.
4. Pray for Others
James 5:16 instructs us to confess our sins and pray for one another. Jesus remained sinless, but the rest of us? Not so much. We’re wise to walk out 5:16 in everyday life. And following Jesus’ example throughout the New Testament, praying for others–for healing, deliverance, salvation, forgiveness, and more.
5. Pray for Self
Our Savior prayed for himself. Check out John 17 to read the exact passage. It and a variety of other Bible verses lead us to understand that praying for ourselves is paramount. Talking with Jesus about our need for salvation is a great place to start. How Do I Get to Know Jesus can help if you’re not certain how.
Are you saved? If not, ask and be saved.
Need forgiveness? Pray. Jesus offers it.
Sick? Ask for that healing.
However you do it and whatever your need, take it to the foot of the Cross. Ask Jesus and watch the answer unfold.
One of the most powerful prayers I’ve ever offered, aside from my prayer asking God to save me, is one I utter on a regular basis. (But not too often, because it’s a toughie at times to walk out.) You can grab this one and pray it too, if you’d like.
Jesus, show me my heart. What’s in there that doesn’t belong? Uncover any lies I believe.
As I write this, we’re nearing Easter. Happy Easter, friend! I hope these five lessons from the prayer life of Jesus truly rock your world–in a good and God-glorifying way.