The Prayer Life of Jesus

I will start off by stating the obvious, Jesus was a very busy man. He constantly had people coming from all over the land hoping to benefit from His miracles and teachings. Yet out of Jesus’s busy schedule He still took the time to speak with His Father in Heaven. In this post, I will look at two examples from Jesus’s prayer life. The first is taken from Mark 1.

Here, we read a description of what Jesus did on one Sabbath day. Remember, this is one Sabbath day. Shortly after Jesus called James and John to be His disciples, He went to the city of Capernaum to preach. Going straight to the Synagogue, he began preaching to the people. At this time, many people didn’t know who Jesus really was and were astounded by his ability to teach, considering he wasn’t a scribe. In the middle of Jesus’ sermon, a man possessed by an unclean spirit began taunting Jesus. Our Lord in His wisdom and by His power commanded the demon to leave the man.

Jesus immediately took his work elsewhere after this, and went to Simon Peter’s house with his newly found disciples. Here He healed Simon’s sickly mother-in-law. After this, Jesus was still not yet finished; he continued to heal the sick, cast out demons, and preach to the people in Capernaum.

Early, the next morning Jesus went out into the wilderness in search for a solitary place for Him to do His devotions and to talk to His Father through prayer. He went out of His way to find a calm place simply to pray.

The second example is taken from Matthew 26. Here we come to a very troubling time in Jesus’s life. One of Christ’s friends had just betrayed him and was on his way to with a band of men to have Jesus arrested. Jesus and his eleven disciples went to Gethsemane to pray. Jesus asked his closest friends to stay with Him while he prayed. Jesus asked His Father “Let this cup pass from me.” Three times Jesus prayed this prayer, asking for God to show Him some grace and mercy in the events that were to come in the following days. When God told Him that His death must happen, Christ understood that this was His will. Even then He continued to pray unceasingly to His Father all the way up to His final moments on this earth.

There will be stressful times in our lives. Many of us, if not all of us, already have experienced times like this already. It might seem that the whole world is caving in on you and you are alone. But we as Christians must remember that we are never alone in our trials. We, like Jesus did, have friends, family, and especially God to whom we can always go in times of trials and hardships. We should also remember that it is God’s will that we come to Him in prayer and that we pray unceasingly just as Jesus did. Following Jesus’ example, we should pray every time we get the chance. Look for opportunities. Go out of your way to say even small prayers throughout your day. Communicate constantly with your God.

Brianna Gunnink

Why Do We Pray?

Why is it necessary for us to pray? We have heard what prayer is, and how we must pray, but now we need to answer the important question, why is prayer important in our teenage years and as we grow older?  Philippians 4:6 states “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” This passage clearly states we as Christians on our earthly pilgrimage will endure trials such as: sickness, death, and persecution. Paul not only asks us to come to God in prayer,  but commands us to bring our trials to God in prayer. As people we are weak. We were, after all, made out of the dust of the ground. It is impossible for us as God’s children to live in this corrupt and sinful world and have an empty prayer life, impossible! You cannot be a child of God, especially a young person of the church and be spiritually strong, without prayer. I urge you to pray. I have found myself in many situations where all I can do is pray, and let me be the first to tell you God hears your prayers and answers them. Then and only then will you find true comfort and relief. God knows his children better than they can know themselves. He knows what makes them tick as a human being. Don’t let that scare you, but use it as a comfort that He and only He can answer His child’s call and plea for help.

In the second place, how are you and I suppose to grow closer to our  heavenly Father without praying to him and pouring out our earthly needs? He created us! We are living day by day to serve Him on this earth! If we do not pray, how are we  supposed to know the  greatness of the God whom we serve? You can’t. James 4:6 states boldly, “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh unto you.” As His children we have an important calling to serve God on this earth. Sometimes that work will be vigorous and hard, and sometimes you will have to make sacrifices for Christ’s sake. But when you exclude prayer from all this, what do you have? The answer is simply nothing. We as young people and the future generations of the church need to make prayer a habit. You and I don’t forget to brush our teeth in the morning, do we? We don’t forget to check our phones first thing after we wake up, do we? But do we forget to bow our heads and ask God for help in the day and week ahead? We as God’s children should never forget why we pray, and we must always remember the root of relief and joy is going to God in prayer. That’s why we pray.

Blake Kamps

How to Pray

Throughout the history of the Church, from the beginning of history in the garden of Eden, through the times of the judges, prophets, apostles and now modern times, prayer has always been fundamental for our relation to God. We are part of his covenant, a personal friendship between us and our Father. We must continue to communicate through prayer with the One who so carefully crafted us and chose us to be His own.

We know we must pray, yet often we fail to do so consistently. We all know the calling to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17), yet we rarely do so.  With this problem arises a question: How do we pray?

As we come before our covenant God in prayer, we must come with a Christian attitude of humility. We must come with an open heart before our God, imploring His grace. We need Him for our very existence. We know He will provide our daily bread and listen to us when we pray. He “will never leave nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). God is exalted above all, exalted above the heavens, yet He bows down His ear to us and looks upon us in grace. It is because of the Lord’s grace that we are here today, and because of His loving act of choosing us as His own that we have the ability to come to Him in prayer.

As we come to God with an attitude of humility, exalting Him above all, we must hold ourselves in a way that is reverent towards His name. Whether this be folding your hands and closing your eyes to remove yourself from the ever present distractions, or even holding out your arms and looking up to heaven, we must come reverently towards His throne of grace. He will hear the prayers of His children as they rise up to him. He will hear and answer each and every request we make. Come to God reverently as He is our Father and King, the One who created us each “fearfully and wonderfully” (Ps. 39:14), and in His eternal counsel has chosen us as His own. We, finite creatures that we are, He has chosen for His own! How could we not come before him in prayer with great reverence?

We must remember that it is not our ability to pray that determines the status of the prayer, but rather the Christian attitude of humility towards our God for His grace and love that we experience all throughout our lives. Prayer arises our of humility and reverence toward God our Father. And prayer also leads us to deeper humility and reverence before Him. God our Father surely hears those who humbly and reverently come to Him in prayer.

Alex Van Uffelen