If you’ve been visiting this site recently you may have noticed I’ve been absent. In the mean time I started my first job and have been using my commute to listen to some sermons. Amongst those sermons have been Mark Driscoll’s Pray Like Jesus series.
Many people have questions about prayer but few are willing to open up to what the scripture puts forward as an example for prayer. Here are a few things that Jesus did that we should copy:
1. Jesus Withdrew to Pray
In John 6, Jesus has 5000 people listening to his every word. What does he do? After a day of preaching he withdraws to pray.
Prayer is the powerhouse of ministry, if we aren’t praying we aren’t going to be effective preachers of the Gospel. Yet too often Christian busy-ness takes us away from the serious business of prayer. Sometimes we must withdraw to pray.
2. Jesus Prayed Before Big Events
In Luke 6 we see Jesus pray before he chooses the 12. In Gethsemene, we see Jesus pray before he is to die on the cross. Jesus prayed before big events in his life. If Jesus needed help, then we do too.
3. Jesus Prayed for Others’ Faith
Jesus said to Peter “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail”. Too often we pray only for others’ physical circumstances, when they are sick or going through a tough time. This is all well and good, but not an immediate concern.
Jesus interceded for Peter’s spiritual state. This was a matter of heaven or hell. When was the last time you prayed for people in your church’s faith?
4. Jesus Prayed When Suffering
When about to go the cross Jesus desperately needed God’s help. He spent hours discussing this pain with God. The Psalms too are filled with lament. We should be driven to God, not from God in suffering.
5. Jesus Prayed Your Will Be Done
Did it ever occur to you the answer to Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemene was “No”. He asked to not have to die on the cross through the pouring out of God’s wrath. But he did. If Jesus was answered “No” we will too.
Too many prayer books, sermons and articles give a “How to” guide to get what you want from God. Yet if that didn’t work for Jesus it won’t for you. The most important prayer you can pray is that prayer of submission: God I would like this, but your will be done because you know what’s best.
Let’s start to pray more like Jesus shall we? Let’s submit to God’s will and live a life of Christ-like prayer.