Q. I’m interested in the prayer life of Jesus. It seems that prayer was a daily, if not hourly activity in his life. Can you help me study this subject?
1* ¶ It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
1) HE DID NOT ARGUE ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF PRAYER. HE PRAYED!
12* ¶ It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
13* And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:
Jesus depended on prayer not on philosophical arguments.
Even God’s only begotten Son leaned heavily on His father!
2) HE PRAYED EVERYWHERE AND UNDER VARYING CIRCUMSTANCES.
40* Jesus *said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41* So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
He did not pray just because of a coming crisis; He prayed after the crisis too.
Mark 1:35 – “And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.”
See the context of this statement. After a very successful day, he prays early the next day. Success gives us all the more reason to pray; to be thankful!
3) HE PRAYED FOR HIMSELF.
38* Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
39* And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
40* And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
41* “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42* He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
He prayed when His soul was troubled.
John 12:27,28 – “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. “Father, glorify Thy Name.”
His prayer was not just preparation for a struggle or battle; prayer was the main part of the battle. It was on His knees that He won His victory
His agony was greater in prayer than when He faced His enemies. He was calm when He faced them. The soldiers fell back, not Jesus. Pilate was afraid, not Jesus. “He agonized in the closet and walked with the stride of a conqueror when He went forth.”
So should we act; we should pray and let that be the victory for battle. It is part of the whole armour of God to pray. (Eph. 6:18)
4) HE PRAYED FOR OTHERS.
31* “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;
32* but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
He prayed for the lost; even His enemies. Have you experienced the act of praying for one you did not like or whose ways you despised? This is a part of your Christian growth.
He prayed for His apostles. He prayed they would be one as He and the Father were one. (John 17) What a tremendous task the apostles would have. Even though they would be inspired; even though they would have miraculous power, they also needed the prayers of the Master!
5) HE DEMONSTRATED TO HIS DISCIPLES WITH HIS PRAYER LIFE HOW WEAK THEIRS WAS, AND HOW MUCH THEY HAD FAILED.
41* And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray,
42* saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
43* Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.
44* And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
45* When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow,
46* and said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
But His prayer life not only cause them to see their failure, it caused them also to see the amazing possibilities of prayer for them, so they asked His help: “Lord, teach us to pray.” They must have meant, “Teach us to pray like you pray.”
6) HE SHOWED THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO PRAY; WE MUST WORK TOWARD THE
ANSWERING OF OUR PRAYERS.
17* ¶ “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
18* “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
We must pray like all depends on God and work like all depends on us