Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How did Jesus Pray?

Jesus prayed a lot. He gave us a model prayer in Matthew 6:5-15. Jesus loved His Dad and talked with Him often. He prayed for wisdom and guidance. He prayed for others to come to know Him as Savior and Lord. He prayed for the twelve disciples. Jesus prayed for God to strengthen their ministry once He departed. He prayed with honesty and reverence. He prayed with joy and praise. But most of all, Jesus prayed with expectation. He knew the Father heard His prayers and would respond.
But, when he prayed, how did he do it?

1. Jesus prayed for guidance in a quiet place - “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35)

2. Jesus prayed in praise to God - “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure’” (Luke 10:21).

3. Jesus prayed in submission and on his face - “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:39).

4. Jesus prayed in tears and out loud - "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission." (Hebrews 5:7)

There are many other scriptures about how Jesus prayed. Pray like Jesus prayed!

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