As Christians, we pray the fancy, elaborate prayers, the loud ones, the heart-felt ones, the ones with few words. We pray the memorized prayers. So many are said by God's children. And when things get tough, we pray harder.
Jesus taught us how to pray with the Lord's Prayer.
Ever notice how and when he prayed? Jesus often went off by himself to pray. Have you ever thought about what Jesus would pray about? He was perfect.
We also learn by his example.
Jesus prayed by himself: Matt 6:6-8 "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."Jesus taught humility and tenacity: Luke 11:1-13 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
Jesus prayed faithfully: Luke 18:1 "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up."
Jesus prayed power: Mark 11:22-26 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Jesus prayed his way through the day Mark 6:46 "After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray."
When I think about the price of prayerlessness...it moves me to pray.
Praying God's words back to Him is a prayer packed with power.
Prayer is the greatest link to God.
Our prayers are God's opportunities.
Prayer is a game-changer.
Isaiah 40:28-31 "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Amen.