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What is prayer and why do we need to do it?

Prayer is probably one of the most unpracticed, most important disciplines of the Christian faith. There are various reasons why we do not pray but probably the number one reason, as I have mentioned in another post is time. Time, I believe, is the number one reason and the number one killer to prayer yet it is vital to the life of the Christian. But what exactly is prayer and why should we make it a part of our lifestyle to do it?

  Jesus spoke to his disciples in Luke 22:40 saying, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." He says this again in 22:46. Examine the sentence carefully. What is the first thing Jesus tells them to do? Pray. The word 'pray' here means, to interact with God by switching human wishes for His wishes. Understand that prayer is an interaction with God. It is a time where you and God interact with one another, as two people interact with one another through verbal communication, so the same is with God. When you go to Him, you are speak…

What creates an earnest prayer life?

How would you say your prayer life is? How many hours a week or a day would you say you spend with God? And I am not talking about praying while you go down the road or whatever, I am talking about taking time out, going to another room, kneeling before God and talking to God. How earnest is your prayer life? Luke describes Jesus in Luke 22:44 as having an earnest prayer life, he records, "And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."

   When someone is in anguish as Jesus was they are inflicted with distress, suffering or in pain. Through Luke's writing we get a glimpse of Jesus in inflicted with these emotions because of what he is about to go through. It is hard to believe that the Son of God would go through such emotions as we do but he did, and Hebrews tells that in doing so, Jesus can sympathize with us. Praise God! One thing I took away from this is that this prayer was not one of delight, happines…

How do you approach God?

When you pray, how do you pray? Do you pray only with others? Do you pray alone? Ever thought about the position in which you pray in? These are some questions I found my-self asking and answering as I continued to study Jesus' pattern in Luke 22 when he spoke to the Father. Luke records Jesus a the Mount of Olives and he describes Jesus this way: "He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt and prayed."

   Take a moment and look at that verse. The first part of meditation is observing, so, just look at it, think on it, examine each word carefully and consider what it is saying. Note the subject, note the who, examine the adjectives and pick out the verbs. Luke notes that before Jesus ever prayed he 'withdrew' himself. This may be a small detail in the verse but it is an important action in prayer life and I would add it needs to be our first response: withdrawing ourselves.

  The word withdraw means to draw alone or remove oneself from some activ…

Is prayer a usual part of your life?

I enjoy studying Jesus. He is my mentor and my role model, and I aspire to be more like him. Although, for obvious reasons, I fail at it most everyday. I love reading the Gospels and as I read them I always pay very close attention to the words and actions of Jesus, in order that, I can follow in his footsteps.

  This morning I was reading through Luke 22 and I got to verse 39, as I was reading I could not help but notice Jesus' prayer life. That verse in particular stuck out to me: "Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him." I know it does not say in this particular verse that he went there to pray but if you read the following verses then one will understand that it is the very reason he was there.

   The first thing i noticed about this is how it described his prayer life: it was usual. Going to the Mount of Olives was no unusual custom for him. Notice Luke does not say:
Jesus went out abnormally Jesus went out inconsistently J…