Jesus View of Prayer

How many of us are satisfied with the depth and purpose in our prayer life? What is the reason we pray? Do we do so out of duty? Perhaps our man-praying4motivation to pray is due to our own selfishness. Regardless of our motive, if our reasons for praying aren’t the same as Jesus we need to change our reasons. Let’s mold our prayer life into the same as the example left by the Messiah. How did Jesus view prayer.

First, it wasn’t something He did out of duty. It is obvious that the motivation of Jesus in regard to prayer wasn’t duty. If we examine the parameters of Jesus prayer life we reach the conclusion that Jesus prayed because of the relationship He had with His Father. Jesus prayed so often. He prayed before any great event in His life. The Lord prayed when he was sad, happy, discouraged, or at the end of the day. Jesus prayer was like a son talking to his father. Jesus saw prayer as the natural result of the relationship he had with the Father. Could it be that if our prayer life isn’t as well developed as we would like the problem isn’t with our prayer life. Could the problem possibly be connected with our relationship?

Jesus saw prayer as being about conversation. Jesus talked with the Father and God talked with Him. Good conversation means that we not only talk but we also take the time to listen. As Jesus prayed He also took the time to listen. At times we pray at God and not to God. We never listen for His response. If we do it is only for a minute or two. In order for our prayer to be like Jesus we must listen for God to answer. Sometimes this takes a while. If we really believe God answers prayer we will take adequate time to listen.

Jesus saw prayer as an avenue of change. Jesus went to His Father to change things. When Jesus was in the Garden He prayed that if it be possible that his course be changed. Jesus didn’t want to face the next few hours. He asked the Father to change it. Jesus was willing to ask for this change. Obviously He believed that with God it was possible. Jesus believed that with God anything was possible. Do we see prayer as Jesus viewed prayer? Do we believe that prayer can change things?

Jesus saw prayer as a way to maintain His walk in the Fathers will. Jesus knew that the Father had sent Him. He knew He had a purpose to fulfill. Jesus saw prayer as a source of strength that allowed him to continue to walk in the Father’s will. Even as Jesus prayed in the garden He prayed, “If it be your will.” Do we realize that God has a purpose for us as well. Life isn’t about us. Life is about fulfilling the purpose for which God created us. Prayer will allow us to continue to maintain the correct course. Prayer was a major element in the life of our Lord. If indeed we are going to walk as He walked prayer must be a major part of our life as well. Let us learn to look at prayer through the eyes of Jesus.

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2 Responses to Jesus View of Prayer

  1. Wayne McDaniel says:

    Dell, I’m glad that you have written about Jesus and prayer. Only Jesus can forgive our sins, and it is only in prayer that we confess our need for it. It is in failing to pray that the lack of true faith is known by Jesus (Luke 18:1-8). In self-righteous prayers, no sins are confessed (Luke 18:9-14), and no is forgiveness received. John wrote, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” -1 John 1:8

    The late J.C. Ryle pressed his question, “Do you pray?” Ryle wrote, “But this I do say, that not praying is a clear proof that a man is not yet a true Christian. He cannot really feel his sins. He cannot love God. He cannot feel himself a debtor to Christ. He cannot long after holiness. He cannot desire heaven. He has yet to be born again. He has yet to be made a new creature.”

    Authentic prayer sounds like the publican in Jesus’ parable, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner.” Jesus said that man went down to his house justified. It is PRIDE that keeps us from praying like that. It is PRIDE that keeps us from praying. Even learning and teaching the scriptures can be a diversion from the humbling of true prayer.

    In May 1994, these words were spoken in the closing address at Pepperdine University: “Prayer, after all, involves exposing our weaknesses and our hurts and our sins, before the Lord and each other. It involves risk and surrender, it involves facing up to sins that we cherish, and letting go of securities that we lean upon. It involves intimacy, vulnerability. Its hard to protect yourself, or hide your sin when you pray regularly and fervently with another person, especially your wife or husband. And its hard to protect yourself from God. As I see more clearly now, I had allowed Satan to erect a stronghold in that realm of my life.” – Leonard Allen

  2. Matt says:

    Dell, we do need to have more relationship rather than simply praying as out of our duty. Our motivation will determine the true heart attitude towards God. I do notice, however that as I pray more, my heart becomes more connected to Christ. So sometimes we need to be disciplined to pray so that our hearts will change to desire Jesus more. Great Thoughts!

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