Jesus prayed to regularly communicate with the Father via God’s appointed method. He prayed for guidance, help, and strength, but He also prayed to thank and praise the Father. Arguably, Jesus did not need to pray because He is God; yet, He incarnated here to live as the perfect man (albeit the God-man). Jesus played by the rules and restrictions of being human while still being divine; He did not cheat. He did no self-serving miracles; He took no spiritual or physical shortcuts.
Jesus prayed as an example for His followers. Even Judas knew Jesus was a man of prayer as he led the mob to arrest Jesus at Gethsemane (John 18:2), a preferred meeting place for Jesus—probably for prayer.
He prayed for needs in times of crisis. On His way to Gethsemane (John 17), three times at Gethsemane (Mt. 26:36-46), and twice at Golgotha (Luke 23:34, 46)—His most difficult moments on earth—Jesus prayed. Interestingly, most of His crisis prayers were intercessory rather than self-serving petitions.
He prayed for guidance prior to major decisions/events, such as at His baptism (Luke 3:21) and choosing the Twelve (Luke 6:12). Fifth, the specific needs of others, such as for unity (John 17) and resistance to temptation (Luke 22:32), motivated His prayers.
Son of God, Your life was based on intimate fellowship with Your Father. Thank You for showing me how to be a person of prayer, because that’s exactly what You were on this earth. Your example as an intercessor gives me keys to focus on as I approach the Father. Help me to meet with God as You met with Him – intimately and unselfishly.
–Taken from —Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 5, God the Son and Prayer by James R. Wicker). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God, who is the creator of both rich and poor. Thank him for giving you the ability to produce wealth (Deut. 8:18). Confess any time you have put your trust in your earthly possessions rather than in the spiritual riches of God (8:13-14). Commit yourself to living contentedly with all that God has provided. Ask him to give you a generous heart toward those who have less.
Pray that God will meet physical and financial needs among your family members and friends. Pray for opportunities to give what you can to meet their need.
“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” —Robert Murray McCheyne
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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Advent – Day 16
“Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart” (Psalm 119:34).
Lord, prepare our hearts to be obedient. We ask for understanding so that we can obey You. Help us to learn Your Word so well that we will not sin against You. We want to obey You as we wait for the coming of the Christ Child. (See also: Psalm 119:11)
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