Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE BELIEVER AND HIS PRAYER LIFE XII
( The Prayer Life of Jesus.)
” 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. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, who so he named apostles.” (Luke 5:16). Praying was a natural part of the life of Christ; to Him it was like breathing. As He was surrounded by the same circumstances which touch our lives, and prayer was the mighty weapon He used repeatedly. There was the intense opposition of the pharisees and religious leaders who were continually stirring up resentment against Him. We read in John 7:1, “ After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.”
Christ is the perfect example and model of the prayer life of a believer. When the disciples listened to Jesus actually pray, they then requested instruction in prayer. The Lord Jesus in introducing His disciples to prayer, He taught them via two fold-manner; by Precept and by Practice. Our Lord taught His disciples more by his example than he did by formal instruction. What does the Scripture tell us about the prayer life of our Lord?
1. CHRIST COMMENCED HIS MINISTRY WITH PRAYER: In Luke 3:21 we read, “Now when the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him.” And everything our Lord did was involved with prayer. He made no decision without prayer.
2.CHRIST CONTINUED HIS MINISTRY WITH PRAYER: We read in 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.” The day before had been been a long exhausting day, when Christ was pressured by the crowds until late. “… And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils…” where, “… he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils…..”
3.CHRIST’S MIRACLES WERE CONSUMMATED BY PRAYER: In the miracle of feeding the five thousand; the disciples would have sent the crowed away, but Christ took, the 5 loaves, and two fishes, and prepared this massive crowed for the impending miracle. After seating the people, the Scripture states that, “He looked up to Heaven and blessed” (Matthew 14:19), and John adds in John 6:11, “And Jesus took the loaves and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples.” In Raising up Lazarus from the dead as in John 11:41, Christ prayed, ” Father I thank thee that thou hast heard me.” From this we know that Christ has already prayed for Lazarus before he arrived at the tomb. Prayer was not a ” last minute” inclusion in the life of Christ.
4.CHRIST’S MINISTRY ON EARTH WAS CONCLUDED WITH PRAYER: The garden of Gethsemane on Mount Olives, was a place where Christ resorted frequently to pray. In Luke 22, we read, “And he came out, and went, as he was wont (His customary procedure), to the mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.” In verse 41 we read, “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed.” There alone with His Heavenly Father in prayer, Christ surrendered His will to God’s divine plan. On the cross, the Scripture records Seven prayers by Christ in his last earthly moment including that memorable one where he prayed for his Persecutors: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.“(Luke 22:34)
5.CHRIST’S MINISTRY IN HEAVEN CONTINUES IN PRAYER: Christ’s priestly ministry work in heaven is totally on our behalf. He intercedes confidently, compassionately, and continuously. We read in Hebrews 7:25, “….. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Our Lord appears in God’s presence constantly to represent us before God as our high priest. In Hebrews 9:24 we read, “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are figures of the true; but into heaven itself now to appear in the presence of God for us:” His prayers are Superior , sensitive and all sufficient.! Thank God !!
Beloved, If Jesus needed to pray, and felt the need to pray , and spent many nights in prayer, it behooves us to do a lot more prayer than him. Do we not? Our Lord has exhorted us believers, saying, ” Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready (willing), but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38.
To be continued…………………
From The Staff of Peoples Gospel Hour
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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.