Saturday, 1 July 2017

Are You Praying Like Jesus?

"...The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops, James 5:16-18.
Do you want God's power in your life dear Christian? Well it's time to get alone with Jesus and learn to pray using Jesus as your example. Luke 5:16 says this: 'Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.' He prayed when the pressures of life increased. 'News about Him spread...so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed...but Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed,' Luke 5:15-16. 

Life can get so busy in our modern world and the pressure of meeting one's obligations can be daunting and draining, so spending regular time alone with God is the only way to prosper in life without burning out. It's when you think you don't have the time to pray that you need to pray the most! 

Consider this: Jesus prayed when important decisions had to be made. When it came to choosing those He wanted closest to Him Jesus sought His Father's guidance. 'He went out to a mountain side..and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve...,' Luke 6:12-13.

Did you get that? Jesus spent the whole night in prayer! Now I'm not saying that we must spend all night in prayer (not that it would hurt us to do so), but I am saying that we need to put in some serious prayer time with God when it comes to making important decisions.

God is not just the creator of the universe, He is the CEO who runs it! This is His CV: "I am the Lord...who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go," Isaiah 48:17. So before you choose a mate, hire an employee, formulate a plan, invest in the stock market, go on the mission field, or whatever else you can think of, be sure to discuss it with God first. 'Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.' Proverbs 3:6.

When you fail to pray you set yourself up to fail. Ever wonder why Jesus never failed? It was not because He was God Incarnate (He functioned as a Spirit filled man while on earth), it was because He never failed to pray! When Jesus cousin, John the Baptist, was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place, Matthew 14:13.

No doubt Jesus would have been feeling heavy of heart after hearing His cousin had been killed, but what did He do? He prayed privately. Heart breaking disappointments, divorce, death, and desertion will come to all of us at one point or another. The question we need to ask ourselves is are we willing to get alone with God to pray?

Hear His promise: 'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power.' Psalm 147:3-5. Dear reader, are you heavy of heart today? Do what Jesus did. Take time to pray.

I'll leave you with this final thought: Jesus had a such an intimate relationship, built through prayer, with His Father that in times of pressure and personal pain He could go to God to receive sustaining grace. Now that's where the power of God is, right in the midst of His mighty grace. Do you need supernatural power in your ministry, healing for a broken heart, or guidance for an important decision? Then get alone with God and pray and keep praying until you receive His grace, power, and wisdom, Amen!

Have a blessed day
Paul
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