Are you a Christian that knows the importance of prayer? Have you ever had one of those seasons when your prayer life felt a little dry? When dead and dry becomes someones experience in prayer, when discouragement works to keep you from praying, or when other things begin to compete for the time that is spent in prayer, prayer often loses out. When there doesn’t seem to be an immediate loss or negative effect from prayerlessness, it can quickly become an habitual pattern.
Jesus knew better than to let that happen and why. Let’s look to His example and be refreshed of exactly why we can’t let our prayer life be stolen from us. I want to show you a day in the life of Jesus.
Matthew 14:9-13 “King Herod was distressed… he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter… John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.”
Jesus lost a friend who was also His cousin. He went to be alone and regroup and pray but life didn’t stop and give Him time to grieve. People still needed Him. People still wanted things from Him. People still pulled on Him. Ever have that happen to you? His day continued…
Matthew 14: 13-14 “… But the crowds heard where Jesus was headed and followed on foot from many towns… and when He saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” They weren’t thinking of Jesus or the loss He had experienced. They wanted Him and the touch of His power for their life. And this was no small crowd or small task. It took much of the day. What got Him through? Prayer!
His day doesn’t end there. Matthew 14: 15-21 “As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”
This is a normal day for Jesus but to us it seems like a marathon. How could He continue to give so much of Himself? Through the grace of God that came to Him through prayer!
As you continue to read this chapter, you quickly find that His day did not end but continued through the night – He rescuing His disciples from a storm and more. And then they were met by large crowds again the next morning as they approached shore only to start all over again.
How could He do that? By constantly going to His Father in thanksgiving and prayer for grace and strength. Matthew 14:23 “…After Jesus had dismissed His disciples, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray…”
Life didn’t stop and give Him time to grieve or rest. He put Himself in the role of Jesus as a man stripped of His divinity and living by faith as He taught us to. He eliminated His divine advantages. He lived by faith which is fed through the Word of God and prayer – just like we are to! Because Jesus prayed, God could work through Him. Even though His heart hurt over the personal loss of His beheaded cousin John, even though He was weary and exhausted, even though He had to have wanted to just crash, rest, and zone out, He prayed. When we pray and seek God’s grace and strength like Jesus did, we can be used to speak His words of life, touch people’s lives with His healing touch, and be used to bring help, doing what in ourselves would seem impossible. You may not be out preaching like Jesus, but you are surrounded by family, co-workers, by people needing the love of God from you without thinking about what you need.
Jesus gave His life for us AND to be an example to us. Prayer revitalizes your purpose and strength bringing refreshing and grace to press through with joy! Prayer is not a place to drift from. It’s something to yearn for and yield to. The lives of many including your own, depend upon it! Don’t let discouragement render you ineffective. Pray! Let God refresh and empower you. Like Jesus through prayer and the leading of His Holy Spirit, be used to destroy the evil the Satan tries to destroy lives with.
Luke 18:1 (NLT) “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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