Today we begin examining personal disciplines that are essential if we are going to truly become like Christ in this life.
The first discipline is prayer and it is the “linchpin” for all the other spiritual disciplines.
Jesus made prayer a regular practice…and He was God.
Jesus prayed when He was baptized in Luke 3:21. It was during that prayer that the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove.
Jesus prayed before He chose the twelve disciples in Luke 6:12-13. In fact, Jesus prayed all night! He knew that the choice of His disciples was a critical decision He didn’t want to make alone. His time in prayer was spent not only speaking to His Heavenly Father, but listening to the Father as well.
Jesus prayed before revealing His true identity to the disciples in Luke 9:18-20.
Jesus knew that the timing of that revelation was important, so He spent time in prayer with the Father confirming that timing.
When Jesus prayed in Luke 11:1-3, the disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. They observed something in the prayer life of Jesus that was lacking in their own prayer life.
Jesus prayed 3 times prior to His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane in Mt. 26:36.
The last words of Jesus before He died on the cross were a prayer to the Father in Luke 23:46.
Prayer clearly was a regular practice and priority for Jesus.
For Jesus, prayer wasn’t something He did 15 minutes each morning before work. Prayer was His lifeline to the Father.
Prayer was a priority for Jesus because Jesus came to do the will of the Father. To do the Father’s will, Jesus needed to be in regular communication with Him.
If we are going to be like Jesus…doing the will of the Father…prayer needs to become a priority and regular habit for us.
Prayer: Lord, teach me the importance of prayer!