How Would Jesus Pray? (Today is national day of prayer)

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Holidays, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible, The Church

…a few key points to ponder about prayer that are very much in sync with today‘s celebration:

  1. Prayer is not a repetition of words. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus stated it very plainly: “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions”. Often times, we ‘talk’ to God by repeating a pre-determined set of words, often while we are thinking what’s for lunch, check our email or let our mind wonder somewhere else.
  1. Prayer is not a ‘groceries list’. There are many examples of prayers in the Bible. The one we reference above from Matthew 6 is often called “The Lord’s prayer”. However, technically that is not the Lord’s Prayer. The famous “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done…etc etc” is actually the disciple’s prayer as it was given by Jesus to the disciples as a guide on how they should pray. Nevertheless, there is one that we can more accurately call “The ‘true’ Lord’s prayer”. It is found in John 17:1-5 and it is one of the most amazing prayers we have recorded by Jesus himself. One great lesson we learn from it is that Jesus –unlike us, doesn’t ask and ask and ask for a better car, a raise in his salary or joy in life. Jesus’ prayer is totally and absolutely self-less. Everything he prays is with the ultimate goal of pleasing God. His prayer can be pretty much summarized as “Father, …Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You”
  1. Prayer comes from and fosters a father-son relationship. God wants us to pray because he desires an intimate relationship with us. He wants to enroll us in what He is doing. He wants us to talk to Him as a friend, as a good father. Both prayers we see here start with “Father…”; a call to experience personally the reality that we can have a close intimate relationship with God the creator of the universe. This relationship can only happen between God and those who have eternal life, those who know Him, “the only true God, and Jesus Christ” whom God have sent (See John 17:3)
  1. We need to pray for what is important to God. Though it is not bad –in fact we need to pray for our needs, It is amazing how this important chapter gives us a new look at what is more important in our prayer life. As we read how Jesus prays for himself, for the disciples and for us believers today. It is inescapable to find out the priorities Jesus had and what he was more concerned about in His prayers:
    1. Jesus prayed for ultimate glory to God. v.5
    2. Jesus prayed not for our extraction from the world but for protection from the bad influences and attacks of this world as we live and influence it with the message of salvation. v9-19
    3. Jesus prayed for unity amongst all the believers. v20-23
    4. Jesus prayed for a real and evident presence of God’s love in our life. V26

Perhaps this is a good day to renew and seek a passion and enjoyment in hanging out with God in solitude; to seek and ask how we can please Him better; to ask direction in how we can better bring the message of hope to our neighbors, friends and co-workers; to pray for other churches, denominations and Christians in our communities and around the world; to be a tangible evidence of God’s love.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter God’s presence by the blood of Jesus, … let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds Hebrews 10:19-24

  1. jerrybeckham says:

    Great message. I have been listening to Woodrow Kroll for the past two weeks and he has been teaching on Prayer.

    Very good stuff and prayer is so powerful, but done wrong by so many.

    God Bless you brother

  2. Reblogged this on Thoughts with accent and commented:

    A few thoughts to meditate on today’s national day of prayer.

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