Praying Like Jesus
Posted by Nawal Habib
It’s really common for people to tend to move away from the habit of praying regularly. It’s hard sometimes to keep on praying when it seems that there is no response. We may feel distant from God because we can’t see or audibly hear him. Often times, people say that they don’t know how to pray. They don’t know how to talk to God, what to tell him, or what they would like to say. The answer to this problem is very simple. The Bible speaks to this topic quite a bit, and even gives us great examples. We see the perfect example of communication with God in the way that Jesus prayed throughout His life here on earth.
There are all different reasons to pray and things that we should say to God. Jesus showed us all of the important aspects of prayer throughout the gospels. Some of these include:
Praying continually throughout the day: “And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him.” – Luke 22:39
The fact that it says “as was His custom” means that this was something Jesus did regularly. Consistency is very important and it will strengthen your relationship with God. Once you start trying to talk to God about the things in your life on a daily basis, it will become easier and eventually help you to form the habit of going to God in prayer regularly. The Bible instructs us to pray without ceasing. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Ask God for guidance in the choices that you make: “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” – Luke 6:12-13 This verse gives the example of when Jesus chose His 12 apostles. This was a huge decision that would impact humanity forever. These 12 people would be first to receive the gospel and carry it out to the rest of the world. Jesus spent a whole night speaking to God, listening, and asking for wisdom to make the best choices possible. This is definitely a helpful thing for us to follow. Whenever there is an important decision in your life, you can always go to God for wisdom and He will advise you as to what path to take. The Bible tells us that God will give wisdom to all who ask for it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
Give thanks and praise God for what He has done in your life: “Jesus responded, ‘Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.’” John 11:40-42 Jesus thanked God for listening to Him. There is also another example of Jesus giving thanks, during the miracle when He fed the 5,000. Even in times when He could have been focused on Himself and proud of the miracles He had done, Jesus chose to be humble and say a prayer of thanksgiving. In order to live a positive life, it is necessary for us to recognize all of the blessings we have and to thank God for listening to us, answering us, and blessing us with more than we deserve. “Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
Pray for other people: Reading through the entire chapter of John 17, we see that even in His last moments on earth before He died on the cross, Jesus was praying for others. In a moment where most people would be concerned solely with themselves, Jesus remained selfless and lifted up others through prayer. It’s extremely important for us to remember to do the same thing. We need to not allow our prayers to become selfish, and we need to focus on others. Intercessory prayer is a great gift from God and it’s a necessary part of a thriving spiritual life. We need to follow Jesus’ example of praying for other people and being concerned with what they are going through, always remembering that God cares for each one of us and that Jesus died for each one of us. Everyone’s prayer requests are important and heard by God. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
God is always listening to us. Even though sometimes it can be hard to pray, God always understands. We are so blessed to have the examples of prayer that Jesus gave in the Bible, to show us how to have a relationship with the Lord and how we should speak to Him. We need to pray without ceasing, and even when it seems difficult or it seems as if you’re not being understand, be encouraged knowing that God promises to listen to us and answer our prayers. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
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