Sermon Title: “Six Practical Lessons and Principles About Prayer
from the Prayer life of Jesus”
Text: Luke 5:16
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Jesus’ relationship with God his Father was saturated with a life devoted to consistent, persistent, and effective prayers. Jesus is a model of a prayer warrior. In fact, all the disciples of Jesus recognize the validity of prayer because Jesus taught them how to pray effectively.
Consider the following examples from three disciples who walked with Jesus and listened to Jesus how he prayed. These writers in the New Testament emphasize the importance of prayer in the life of the church as well as in the life of the follower of Jesus:
- James 5:14-15
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
- 1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
- Revelation 5:8
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Let’s consider other related passages about prayer in the Bible:
- God’s Promise Through Prayer
- The nearness of God’s presence (Deuteronomy 4:7)
“ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?”
- Why Should You Pray
- To prevent falling from temptation: “And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:40)
- For Whom Shall You Pray
–For Those who mistreat you:
“Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (Luke 6:28)
- How You Should Not Pray: Prayer is about right attitude before God. Humility.
- Matthew 6: 5-8
- “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Furthermore, in this message, I would like to share with you Six Practical Lessons and Principles about Prayer from the Prayer Life of Jesus:
Six Practical Lessons and Principles About Prayer from the Prayer life of Jesus
- Make Prayer a priority in your Christian life (Mark 1:35).
- “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
- Withdraw yourself from distractions and cares of this life so you could focus on pray (Luke 5:16).
- “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
- Pray daily for personal holiness and sanctification (Matthew 4:1-2).
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”
Pray for major events and crucial life circumstances in your life (Matthew 26:36-44; Luke 6:12)
- Jesus prayed before he chose the Twelve disciples (Luke 6:12)
- Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
“36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a] with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.”
- “ In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. “
- Pray tirelessly for those who do not like you or the individuals who persecute you (Luke 23:34).
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Why should you pray for your enemies: to show that you have a special relationship with God and that He is your Father, and you his Son.
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- At the cross and point of death, Jesus models the importance of praying for your enemies:
34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments
- Pray consistently for the lost (Matthew 9:36-38)
“36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
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