Revealing Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing

The Prayer Life of Jesus

The call to prayer in this month of October is a call to action. It is a wake-up call to take up the mantle of prayer that is now falling from heaven. It is a call to enter the Jesus dimension of praying and an invitation to encounter the “Praying Anointing”.

Someone once said, “You will discover the popularity of a church by its attendance in Sunday Service.  You can tell the popularity of the preacher by the attendance on Special Programme.  You can tell the popularity of God by the attendance at Prayer Meetings and Night Vigils. Unfortunately we find that God is ranked third in popularity in most churches today! Some pastors are even more popular than God!

Chronic lack of prayer is one of the best kept secrets in the lives of many believers today. The challenge of busy schedules and the demands from work and the need to make a livelihood makes it almost impossible for many to maintain a meaningful prayer life.

Added to these challenges is the fact that what is now popularly considered as “Prayer” places no value on relationship with God. It is more like invoking the powers of a God who must be sufficiently induced to exercise His greater power to overcome all our enemies. I am convinced that God delights to see us use His power to destroy the power of darkness but I wish to emphasize that the journey to such power and victory must commence with a rich and unbroken relationship with God. This is why we hear Jesus begin the Lord’s Prayer saying “Our Father which art in heaven”.

Many people think that prayer is work but prayer works. One fact we will never be able to run away from is that prayer is fundamental to our staying spiritually alive. Prayer is like oxygen to our Spirit. When we don’t pray it is only a matter of time before we die spiritually. Because of the preponderance of unscriptural prayer patterns, it behooves us as people who desire an effective prayer life to consider prayer as it was practiced by the Master Himself.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE PRAYER LIFE OF JESUS?

THERE TWO MAIN AREAS OF CONSIDERATION

  1. 1.       WHAT JESUS SAID AND TAUGHT ABOUT PRAYER
  2. 2.       HOW JESUS CONDUCTED HIMSELF  IN PRAYER/ HIS PRAYER LIFE

1. JESUS BEGAN HIS DAY WITH PRAYER

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a

solitary place, and there prayed.

2. WHEN HE BECAME A FAMOUS CELEBRITY  HE PRAYED Luke 5:15-16  But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

3. BEFORE MAKING A DECISION HE PRAYED

Luke 6:12  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.

4. JESUS CONDUCTED PERSONAL NIGHT VIGILS

(Luke 6:12)  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.

5. HE PRAYED ALONE

Luke 9:18  And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

6. HE PRAYED WITH OTHERS

8 days later we find Jesus inviting three of His disciples to a prayer meeting. So, He didn’t just pray alone but prayed with people.

Luke 9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

Our relationship with God is personal but not private. Jesus balanced his personal relationship with the Father with the community aspects of prayer. In other words, Jesus not only encourages us to get alone to pray; he also wants us to pray with others.

7. HE PRAYED FOR OTHERS

Luke 22:31-32  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may

sift you as wheat: {32} But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,

strengthen thy brethren.

Hebrews 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them

8. HE PRAYED WHEN HE WAS UNDER PRESSURE

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

9. HE PRAYED FOR GOD’S WILL TO BE DONE

Matthew 26:29 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt

From the above points we can arm ourselves with the exact disposition of Jesus Christ towards prayer in real life situations. These points show us how Jesus related with the issues he was confronted with through prayer. We immediately see his prayer reactions and initiatives in these scenarios. It is not sufficient for us to gloss over the template of prayer that Jesus offered his disciples but I believe very firmly that we must interpret his actions and reactions in real life situations and glean wisdom from his conduct else any template we work with will be devoid of the attitude of Jesus to life which was expressed in the way and manner he prayed at different seasons of His earthly walk.

Here we consider the Prayer Life of Jesus, in John 17: 9-26 we read The Prayer Points of Jesus. May your prayer life receive fresh boost as you read and reflect on the prayer life of the Master in Jesus Name. Amen

 

For further Study

John 17:9-26

Personal declaration for the day

I will not limit my prayer opportunity.

Questions for you to reflect on

What attribute of the prayer life of Jesus have you adopted?

How have they been beneficial to your prayer life?