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Jesus’ and the Disciples’ Example of Prayer

Time and time again, we see Christ in prayer during His ministry on this earth. After teaching great multitudes and healing them of their infirmities, we are told. “So Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed” (Luke 5:16).Luke reports this before calling the 12 disciples. He knew it was only through such times of prayer that He would be one with the Father in prayer. And be empowered to do the work He came to do.

When confronted with Satan and his works, Jesus simply spoke the word in the power and authority of the Father, and Satan’s power was broken. Jesus set the example for us to follow, the disciples knew this and we see they too were men of prayer and the early Christian church also were men and women of prayer.

Today’s study is a little short by that is because I challenge each and every one that reads this post, to stop what you are doing and pray.  Do not ask Christ to give you a bigger TV, ask Him to make your heart like His, or maybe just tell Him thank
you for allowing you to be in His service. “We need to stop praying to get and start praying to be”.

Supporting Scripture; (Luke 9:29), (Acts 6:4), (Acts 2:42), (Acts 16:13), (1 Thess. 3:10), (Col. 1:23),

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. Why did Jesus spend so much time in prayer?
  2. How did Jesus’ example affect the disciples?
  3. What kind of prayer life do you think Jesus wants you to have?
  4. What kind of change have you seen in your prayer life and how has it affected you?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Contact the people on your prayer list and let them know you are still praying for them.
  3. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to continue to fill you and the people you are praying for with the Holy Spirit.
    • For God to give you a deeper desire to pray.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • That we continue to seek the Holy Spirit
  4. For today use the following Bible Verse in your
    prayer (Ps. 119:27)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

3 comments on “Jesus’ and the Disciples’ Example of Prayer

  1. Amalia
    July 10, 2011

    Even though we know Jesus prayed often we really don’t have many of his prayers quoted for us. We have lots of prayers quoted in the Bible, some long and some short; some alone, some in groups; some standing, some laying. I think Jesus is most concerned with our attitude of our prayer not the length, where we pray, or how.

    Before Jesus shared an example of payer, in Matt. 6:9-13, He made a point to remind us that not to make a show of it for our own glory, feel that depending on the way we pray we could in some way coherse the Lord to listen and give us what we want, or that we’re telling Him something He doesn’t already know. I’ve been guilty of all the above thoughts. Nice to know God has made it a point to correct those misconceptions first.

    This is what I got from His ideal model of prayer: Start with acknowledgement of who God is, add a praise, claim a promise, add a petition, remember our short comings, repent and ask for His guidance, and end with a reassurance of God’s abitlities and a praise.

    His final thoughts was to treat others the way we would like to be treated.
    In short right attitude (first and foremost), praise, petition and praise again.

  2. Rosi
    July 10, 2011

    Prayer is so very important. It helps us build a relationship with our God. If Jesus had to stay in constant prayer how much more should we as sinners, pray to our Father. I agree with Amalia, our attitude, our love is what makes the difference in how our prayers are received.

    • bobh6
      July 10, 2011

      I agree with both of you. good job

      Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him. o Christ, p. 93.3 (EGW) When Jesus was upon the earth, He taught His disciples how to pray. He directed them to present their daily needs before God, and to cast all their care upon Him. And the assurance He gave them that their petitions should be heard, is assurance also to us.

      Steps to Christ, p. 93.4 (EGW)

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