Introduction: Luke 11:1
Perhaps we are not making of prayer all that it can mean to us. “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:16) Compare this to a child who won’t talk to his parents.
Many may have ceased from prayer because:
1. Of intellectual difficulties (their god is too small!)
2. Moral difficulties.
3. Selfishness. In the closet of prayer one may be called upon to give up himself and he may be brought face to face with surrenders he is not willing to make.
4. We may have drifted into prayerlessness because of being too busy; indeed, too busy!
Some have quit praying because, “God does not answer as I ask.” May be good! Let’s notice some important lessons from prayer life of Jesus:
I. HE DID NOT ARGUE ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF PRAYER. HE PRAYED!
A. Luke 6:12,13 – See context.
B. He depended on prayer not on philosophical arguments.
C. Even God’s only begotten Son leaned heavily on His father!
II. HE PRAYED EVERYWHERE AND UNDER VARYING CIRCUMSTANCES.
A. John 11:40-42; 17:1-26
B. He did not pray just because of a coming crisis; He prayed after the crisis too.
C. 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.
D. Success gives us all the more reason to pray; to be thankful!
III. HE PRAYED FOR HIMSELF.
A. Matthew 26:38-42
B. 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.” — Also in Gethsemane.
C. 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
D. 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.”
E. 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)
IV. HE PRAYED FOR OTHERS.
A. John 17:6-24; Luke 22:31,32; 23:34
B. 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.
C. 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!
V. HE DEMONSTRATED TO HIS DISCIPLES WITH HIS PRAYER LIFE HOW WEAK THEIRS WAS, AND HOW MUCH THEY HAD FAILED.
A. Luke 22:41-46
B. We may see the same thing if we see well His prayer life!
C. 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.”
VI. HE SHOWED THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO PRAY; WE MUST WORK TOWARD THE ANSWERING OF OUR PRAYERS.
A. John 17:17,18
B. We must pray like all depends on God and work like all depends on us
C. Pray more, and fret less!
Conclusion: Become a Christian so you can know the fruit of prayer!