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On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


The Prayer Life of Jesus

Mar. 30, 2014

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” (Mark 14:32, NIV)

If your life is marked by prayer, then prayer will be your constant companion in crucial moments. If you are grateful in ordinary times, you will be grateful in times of loss and stress. If you grumble all the time, you will not react well when faced with great adversity.

We find Jesus praying as He enters the most crucial hours of His life. But He did not wait until Gethsemane to pray. All through His ministry He prayed. Look at the key moments in His ministry when He prayed.

At His baptism. Luke notes, “As he was praying, heaven was opened” (Luke 3:21). Jesus was praying as He began His ministry with His baptism by John. Heaven is likewise open when we pray. The skies are not made of brass. Our prayers don’t bounce off the ceiling. When we pray, God is listening.

Prior to the selection of the Twelve. Luke tells us Jesus spent the night in the hills praying before He selected the disciples in the morning (Luke 6:12). We do well to imitate Jesus when facing key decisions. Do we make such choices with prayer? There has never been an effective servant of Jesus who led a prayerless life.

After rejection. Jesus did mighty works in Korazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, but was rejected by the people in those towns (Matthew 11:20-24). The rejection had to sting. What did Jesus do? He said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (v. 25). How do we respond when others turn against us, when a spouse walks out on us, a child rebels, or a friend betrays? We must do what Jesus did — repair through prayer. We get refocused when our heart turns toward Him.

Prior to a breakthrough. A turning point came when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” That question arose as Jesus finished a time spent in private prayer (Luke 9:18,20). If we desire others to come to Jesus, then let’s follow His example. People are not birthed into the kingdom unless someone is praying. Whom are you praying for that they too will confess Jesus as the Christ?

At a high moment of revelation. The transfiguration of Jesus occurred as a result of Jesus going away with Peter, James and John to a high mountain so they could pray privately (Matthew 17:1; Luke 9:28,29). We can also experience times of great joy and intense exhilaration in prayer, just as the disciples were filled with Spirit and with joy (Acts 2:4,46).

In others’ moments of need. Mary and Martha were overwhelmed at the death of their brother, Lazarus. Jesus ordered the stone removed from Lazarus’ grave and then prayed (John 11:41,42). In moments of great sorrow, we can affirm our faith by praying as Jesus did, “Father, I [know] that you always hear me.”

Now we find Jesus praying in Gethsemane. Escape was possible. It was just a quick walk up the slope of the Mount of Olives and He could have disappeared into the Judean desert. But He stayed and prayed — for us! There are moments when we must not run away, when no miracle happens; but we are called to stick to our post of duty. What stabilizes and gives us fortitude to remain is prayer.

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, may I follow Your example and pray in the key moments of my life, even as I do day by day.

DR. GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.




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