through His Word
A Guest Post by Trina Dofflemyer
Bible Verses on Prayer from Jesus’ Life:*
Gene Tunney, an American world-champion boxer in the early twentieth century, once said, "To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise." I certainly want that glow of good health, but the exercise? Not so much!
I enjoy the health benefits from forcing myself to tie on my walking shoes and put in my three miles at the park. I have more energy, I sleep better, and my clothes fit better. When I fail to practice the discipline of exercise, the opposite is true.
Practicing the spiritual disciplines can be a similar battle. The purpose of practicing the spiritual disciplines is to become more like Jesus. Prayer is one of the most important of these disciplines. When we pattern our prayer disciplines after the life of Jesus, we become more like our Lord and Savior in character and heart.
"So He Himself [Jesus] often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed."
Jesus withdrew from His disciples and the beckoning crowds in order to be alone with His Father and to pray…often! The crowds tried to follow Jesus wherever He went because they desired His teaching and a healing touch. But Jesus knew he needed time away from the hustle and bustle of the real world and the heavy toll of ministry, so he headed to the wilderness to pray.
We must intentionally withdraw into a "wilderness" area, a place where we can be alone with our Heavenly Father, a place free of the distractions of cell phones, emails, and the demands of other people. To be more like Jesus, we must spend time alone with God in prayer away from our frantic day-to-day lives.
"He was praying in a certain place…"
Jesus prayed in a certain place. He had a habit of going to a particular place to meet with His Heavenly Father.
We too need a particular and special place to meet with our Creator. Do you have a certain place to pray?
"Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.'"
When Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, he taught them what has become known affectionately as the "Lord's Prayer." In these verses, Jesus teaches us different aspects of prayer: worship, for God's purposes to be accomplished, for daily needs to be met, for forgiveness of sins, and for deliverance from temptation and evil.
This prayer can be recited as an actual heartfelt prayer in itself. It also can serve as a pattern for our own prayers.
"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
Jesus modeled this for us as he hung in excruciating pain on the cross. When something seems impossible to do, we can take the words of Scripture and personalize them into a prayer: "Father, I pray I love my enemies and bless those who curse me. May I do good to those who hate me. I pray for those who spitefully use me and persecute me."
"Father, glorify Your name."
Jesus knew that the time for His crucifixion was near. Knowing that He was about to die through torture in the midst of severe mockery, how did He pray? That God would glorify His own name.
It's very easy to fall into the woe-is-me mindset when facing pain and rejection, yet our attitude should be the same as Jesus. No matter what may be happening, we can pray for our Heavenly Father to accomplish His kingdom purposes. "Father, glorify Your name through my life."
Spurgeon said, "True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth." As we practice the discipline of prayer as Jesus did, we will live in an intimate spiritual relationship with the Creator of the entire universe.
What have you learned from the life of Jesus about prayer? Please share in the comment section below to encourage and inspire others to become more like Him through their discipline of prayer.
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*All verses are NKJV.
© Copyright 2017 by Trina Dofflemyer
Trina has served as an adjunct professor of biblical studies, leadership mentor, retreat leader, and writer. She enjoys inspiring leaders to strengthen their souls through the spiritual disciplines so they can finish the work God gave them to do with joy. She loves all things theology, hiking with family, reading, and drinking tea. Connect with her on her blog at EnduringLeaders.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
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