Jesus’ Habits of Prayer
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (v. 35).
There was a time in my life when I got hung up on prayer. I thought a person had to pray in a particular manner, at a particular time, and in a particular place. I even pointed to this passage as an example. “See,” I would say, “Jesus got up early in the morning while it was still dark and went to a solitary place, and there he prayed. Now, Go and do thou likewise!”
But, this is hard to admit, I was wrong. Prayer is not about the time of day we pray. It is not about a special place we pray. It is not about the phrases we use when we pray! Here is what we need to learn about prayer. We need to pray, and do it continually! Prayer is about relationship. Jesus had a habit of prayer. His disciples soon learned, that prayer was a regular and continual part of his life. Sometimes, he prayed early in the morning. Sometimes, he prayed through a long and dark night. Sometimes, he prayed before eating. Sometimes, he prayed outside a tomb. One thing they learned for sure, JESUS PRAYED!
Jesus prayed, because he needed to remain in close and intimate conversation with his Father, God. When decisions were to be made. When the next steps were uncertain. Really, all the time and in every place, he needed to pray. We say that about Jesus, can we agree it needs to be true of us, too. WE NEED TO PRAY, CONTINUALLY!
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