We may not always know what to pray, especially during such uncertain and overwhelming times. But, prayer is monumental and has a huge impact on us and our world. Thankfully, Jesus demonstrated what a life of prayer looked like. So, let’s look at Jesus’ prayer life for guidance to lead us in the ways we can pray powerfully.
The first time we see Jesus pray in the Bible is directly following his baptism. Luke 3:21-22 reads, “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’”
1. Father, Son and Holy Spirit
This is the first time in the New Testament where we see Father, Son and Holy Spirit melded together. Jesus is baptized, he prays, the Holy Spirit descends and God speaks! When we pray, Jesus intercedes for us, the Holy Spirit falls and God speaks to us.
2. Get alone with God
Often Jesus would withdraw after preaching to a crowd or healing people to be alone to pray (See Luke 5:16, Matthew 14:23, Mark 6:46, Luke 6:12, etc.). If you can’t just go off to a mountain as Jesus did, find a quiet space somewhere to be alone with God, uninterrupted.
3. Pray without ceasing
In 1 Thessalonians 5, it says to “pray without ceasing.” Jesus was continually in prayer whether he went off to pray alone, or was with his disciples or in a crowd of people. John 17:6-26 is a beautiful prayer Jesus prayed over his disciples. Even when we can’t get alone with God, we can still be praying.