July 24 - Prayer Life of Jesus 1

THE PRAYER LIFE OF JESUS - DAY 1

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Luke 3:21-22 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ 

  • Jesus began His ministry with an experience of the acceptance, love, and approval of His Heavenly Father. This was the foundation for all of His prayers... a relationship with the God who loved him! Lord, may it also be the foundation of my praying! I pray to a God who has already accepted me, Who loves me, and Who is (amazingly) pleased with me! Wow. 
  • And notice that it was the ministry of the Holy Spirit to Jesus that brought this awareness. Come, Holy Spirit!
    Galations 4:6-7 confirms this:
    And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 4:42 At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.

  • Jesus was busy, with crowds of people calling on Him. He therefore had to make room for prayer, even if that meant getting up before everyone else to find some quiet time with His Father.
  • The crowds tried to chase Him down and draw Him back into their midst, but Jesus knew He needed (and desired) time alone with His Heavenly Father. If only the crowds would have understood that without His time alone with the Father, Jesus wouldn’t have what they needed Him to give them! They needed Him to be alone with the Father!
  • I wonder, as a pastor did my people understand how it was to their benefit that I took time away from them to be with the Heavenly Father, so I that I could return with something worthwhile to minister to them? Indeed, did I understand this!

Mark 1:35 reaffirms this commitment to prayer on the part of Jesus. 
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.

  • Workaholics often extol the wisdom of early rising. After all, "The early bird catches the worm."  Often I’ve heard people say that we need to get up and get going because we're burning daylight. And by the way, I always hated that phrase for some reason. There was always a hint of condemnation in it. 
  • I would argue that getting up early in itself is not a virtue. It depends on what you do when you get up! The Bible warns of those who get up early to do evil! Woe to those who rise early to do evil. ~Micah 2:1. We are also warned that getting up early because of anxiety and the need to “fix things” is pointless. In vain you rise early...eating the bread of anxious toil; for God gives sleep to his beloved. ~Ps 127:1.
  • However, to rise up early (or for that matter, to stay up late) in order to seek the presence, peace, power and purpose of the Heavenly Father is “Jesus wisdom.”


Click here for Part 2: July 25 - Prayer Life of Jesus 2