Did you know that Jesus prayed?
Jesus, Who was fully God still felt the need to pray! He knew prayer is essential in order to stay connected to the Father.
Remember last week when we talked about the roller coaster ride life can be? We stated that we need to pray in the ups and downs, when life is good and when we are in one of those twisty trials of life that has everything topsy turvy. Prayer is our communication line to God and it can keep us grounded when it seems the ride is out of control.
Jesus prayed. When life was good and He was surrounded by the crowds Jesus often slipped away for time with His Father. Mark 1:35 tells us:
"Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up early and went out to an isolated place to pray."
The day before Jesus had been with a crowd of people at the home of Simon Peter. He had spent time healing many of those people. The crowds were happy to be with Him. He was popular, He was doing the work He was sent to do, life was good. Luke adds to this story:
"The crowds searched for Him everywhere, and when they finally found Him, they begged Him not to leave them." Luke 4:42b
Jesus prayed when life was good because He knew He needed to stay grounded in the Father. We do too. When life is good we tend to forget we need God. We feel confident in our own ability to handle life...sometimes we get a little too confident. That's why we need to be continuous in prayer on good days and bad days.
Passionately praying when life is good shows the world where our true confidence lies.
Jeremiah 17:7 says:
"But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence."
And 1 Thessalonians 5:8:
"But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation."
Yes, Jesus prayed when life was good but He also prayed when life was hard, when the crowds had turned on Him and He was facing certain death. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed fervently. He prayed passionately that the cup He was about to drink be taken from Him. He prayed to the point of sweat drops of blood. But in the end He accepted the Father's will over His own.
Passionately praying when life is hard shows the world how to trust a God they cannot see.
Passionately praying when life is hard and God doesn't answer our prayers in the way we had hoped shows the world how to accept things we can't change and move forward.
While in the Garden, Jesus asked three of His closest friends to come away with Him and pray for Him. Paul told Timothy to "pray for all people" (1 Timothy 2:1) and he himself spend much time in prayer for others.
In Romans 1:9 he says:
"God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son."
Passionately praying with and for others shows the world the beauty of Christian fellowship.
Paul implored the Colossians:
"Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart." Colossians 4:2
When we devote ourselves to passionately praying in the good times and the bad times our minds are kept alert and focused on God and we can have hearts the are thankful no matter our circumstances.
Passionately devoting ourselves to prayer shows the world a disciplined life and mind that hold stable and sturdy through all of life's dips, turns, twists, and easy straightaways.
I hope you are able to passionately pray as you are on your life's roller coaster ride!
Next week we'll crack open the door on how to passionately portray Christ to the world by pondering. I hope you'll stopback by! See you then!
May God keep and bless you,