Pray like Jesus (II).
Pray like Jesus (II).
Text: Matthew 6:9-13, John 17, Hebrews 5:7.
Memory Verse: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” Matthew 21:22
Jesus had a pattern of prayer, so if we really want to pray like Him; this pattern will be helpful:
He prayed early in the morning (Mark 1:35): Jesus always prayed to the Father first thing in the morning. So we must also do the same by seeking the face of God early in the morning. We must seek the face of God first thing before the day’s battle begins just like Jesus did.
He prayed in a solitary place (Mark 1:35): Most times we pray in public places like the church, but sometimes we need to be alone with God as well just like Jesus did when He left his disciples to pray to God where there would be no distractions. If we really want to pray like Jesus did, we must have a Quiet time where we are not distracted by television, phones, our friends etc.
He prayed fervently (Hebrews 5:7): It is usually when we are in a lot of pain or trouble that we pray fervently. This is normal because Jesus faced the greatest battle of His life before dying on the cross so he prayed tirelessly (Luke 22:44).
He prayed with complete trust in the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26): Jesus always prayed with complete trust in the Spirit of God and we are to do the same.
He prayed in accordance with God’s will (1John 5:14-15): Jesus knew the mind and will of God perfectly and always prayed accordingly. If we are to pray like Jesus we must pray according to God’s will.
He prayed in Faith (Mark 11:22-24, Matthew 21:21-22): Jesus always prayed in faith knowing God heard and would grant His requests. When we pray according to God’s will we can pray with faith knowing that God desires to answer our prayers.
He visualized God answering His prayer (John 5:19): Before Jesus prayed He visualized the Father doing it in the realm of the spirit and as a result, it came to pass in the physical realm. Likewise, we must see God doing the things we asked Him for before they can materialize.
He prayed with persistence (Matthew 26:44): Jesus was persistent in praying this means He prayed the same thing many times until He had the breakthrough He needed and desired. In the same way we should give up when praying (according to God’s will) until our desired breakthrough comes.
In conclusion, what we can learn from Jesus about praying is to Pray in every situation and pray about every situation.
Pray: Lord, help me to know your will in prayer.
Author: Sis Chiamaka Ebenezer