What do the following texts teach us about Jesus and prayer? What is the context of these verses?1
Jesus, the spotless Son of God, the one who was without sin, without fault, the one who lived in perfect harmony with the will of the Father, obviously had a powerful prayer life. (The above verses don’t even include Jesus’ prayer in John 17.) If Jesus needed to pray in order to deal with the things He faced, how much more do we? Christ’s example of prayer makes it abundantly clear how central prayer needs to be in our walk with the Lord. It’s hard to imagine anyone having any kind of relationship with God without that person praying. If communication is crucial to maintaining a relationship with other people, how much more so in a relationship with God? Jesus gives us an example. It’s up to us to make the choice to follow it.
How consistent is your prayer life? How easily distracted are you from praying? Do you pray consistently or just when you are in trouble? How can you learn to make prayer more central in your whole walk with the Lord?