Tag: Jesus prayed
Scripture reading for January 18th: Genesis 46-49, Matthew 14
Key Scriptures: Matthew 14:22-24 “Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.”
Matthew records an incident that speaks of Jesus’ prayer life. He had a busy public ministry with crowds attending and the disciples as His constant companions. But Jesus still needed time alone with His Father. He took that with an all-night prayer meeting. Empowered by His time of prayer, Jesus walked on the waves to meet the struggling disciples! Israel, on a journey, met with God in a time of private prayer and God encouraged him.
Genesis 46:1-4 “So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I Myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”
Prayer: Father, Help me to spend quality time alone with You each day. Speak to me each time I meet with You and empower me to do Your will without fear. In Jesus’ Name.
Scripture reading for September 20th: Daniel 4-8
Key Scriptures: Daniel 6:10-11 “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. These men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.”
Because of jealousy, the administrators of Persia set a trap for Daniel, now in his eighty’s. They had the king make a decree banning all prayer except to him. Daniel, however, lived a life of prayer and continued to honor God and give Him thanks for His wisdom and protection. Daniel asked God for advice and help. This infuriated the administrators who then went to the king and forced the king to bring the decreed punishment–the Lion’s Den! We all know how that worked out–the administrators became breakfast after the lions fasted dinner (Daniel)!
Thankful for a praying Savior: “After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You”. . . . .”I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name–the Name You gave Me–so that they may be one as We are One.” (John 17:1, 11)
Scripture reading for April 1st: Luke 22
Key scriptures for over-comers: Luke 22:28-31 “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as My Father conferred one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
The disciples had stood by Jesus in his many trials and He promised them great reward! They would receive a ‘kingdom’! They would join Jesus at His table in His kingdom, eating and drinking with Him as His trusted friends! But Simon also received a warning concerning an attack on his faith! Satan would come to sift him and wheat is sifted to separate the grain from the chaff. Jesus promised Simon (Peter) that He personally had prayed for him that his faith would not fail but would hold up in the sifting. He even told him that he would be restored and then he must strengthen his other brothers. This is what is called a ‘word of knowledge’ used by Jesus to strengthen their faith.
Observations for over-comers: Strong faith is required for over-comers. Jesus prays for His disciples and we must strengthen and encourage each other to lay hold of the kingdom! “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.” (Proverbs 12:24)
Scripture reading for May 28th: John 17:1-26
John records Jesus’ longest prayer that was written in Scripture. This prayer is a wonderful example of the heart of the Son of God. It is very instructive for us and shows how thoughtful Jesus was and how He prayed His way through the cross and for those who followed Him.
First, Jesus prayed for Himself and declared victory by faith in a full completion of the work that the Father had given Him to do. “Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.”. . . “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.” (John 17:1, 4-5) Jesus desired to be back in the holy presence of His Father. He asked His Father to glorify Him with the glory He possessed before the world was formed. He understood that the time had come to finish the work and through prayer, declared it done!
Next Jesus prayed for His own disciples. He had been given these by the Father and had systematically revealed the Father and His word to them. Jesus declared to His Father that these disciples had accepted His word and believed that Jesus came from the Father. (John 17:6-19) “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name–the Name you gave Me–so that they may be one as We are One.” (John17:11) Jesus cared for His disciples and asked specifically for their protection while they were in the world. Jesus had sent them into the world as He had been sent by His Father. The world would hate them and the ‘evil one’ would persecute them.
“My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.” (John 17:20-21) Jesus specifically mentioned all who would come to faith, including us! He prayed for our unity in relationship with the Holy Trinity. His ultimate request was that we would be in His presence for all eternity to behold His glory! (John 17:34) Wow! What a Savior!
Scripture reading for March 22nd: Luke 5:12-28
Luke is interested in prayer and makes many notes of Jesus praying. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16) Jesus felt it necessary that He get away from people, even His disciples, and spend time with His Father. He would go to a ‘lonely place’ where He could be alone and unhindered by noise and demands from others. It is not that people are bad, but what is most important must be prioritized. In order for Jesus to be effective and follow Father’s instruction, He must have confidence that He knew what the Father wanted to do with each person and in each situation. This confidence came through a relationship of prayer.
One prior encounter involved a leper who came trembling before Jesus begging for Him to make him clean. The man wondered out loud if Jesus was willing to heal him. Jesus knew the Father’s heart through prayer and relationship and could respond to this need in the affirmative. “Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately the Leprosy left him.” (Luke 5:13)
The rule for religious leaders was that they could not touch anything ‘unclean’ or they would be defiled themselves. Jesus did not operate with the religious rules of the day, but rather was free to respond as His Father directed. The results spoke for themselves to those willing to listen. These miracles caused quite a stir and drew crowds of people with needs to hear Jesus as He preached the good news!
A second occasion is also recorded by Luke of a man who was paralyzed being let down through a roof for Jesus to heal him. Luke records that the power of the Lord to heal the sick was present. (Luke 5:17) Jesus, seeing the friend’s faith, spoke a word, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20) The man was healed and restored in front of a crowd of people. This was the result of prayer in the lonely place!
Could it be that we aren’t being used for the miraculous because we are not spending enough time in the ‘lonely place’, alone with our Lord? Is faith present to bring people to Jesus for healing prayer? God wants to do so much more to bring people to wholeness! Lord, may I be a man (or woman) of prayer!