If Jesus Himself Prayed…
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.” (Luke 6:12 NIV)
David is known as a man of prayer in the Bible, because most of his Psalms are prayers of one kind or another. They’re not teachings; rather, he’s talking to God. The apostle Paul prayed, and some of his prayers are recorded in the New Testament. And it wasn’t just David and Paul who prayed; or the great evangelist D.L. Moody; or General Booth of the Salvation Army; or the rest of the people God has wonderfully used throughout church history… Jesus himself prayed! Enough said! The Son of the living God, with no fallen nature such as ours, without the sinful tendencies you and I have inherited all the way down from Adam; the Savior of the world, of whom the Father said, “This is my beloved Son”; this Jesus, who was God in the flesh…. prayed! He spent time alone with the Father, and said, “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing…” (John 5:19). In fact, we read in the Bible that Jesus spent a whole night praying before choosing his twelve disciples.
Notice that the disciples never asked Jesus, “Teach us to preach,” or “Teach us to study the Scriptures.” They knew that something about his time with the Father was key to the miracles and everything else that was going on as Jesus walked on this earth; so they asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” And he did.
If prayer was essential for David and Paul and for other men and women of God who have influenced others for the Kingdom down through the ages; and, most importantly, if it was a vital part of the life of Jesus, who is our Savior and our Lord and our example, surely it is vital for every Christian today. If we want intimacy with God, and the blessing and peace and joy and guidance that accompany that intimacy with God, let’s follow the example of our Lord and spend that time with the Father, today and every day.
Read Luke 6:12-16.