Wellspring Devotion, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

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Matthew 14:23-And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.

The last few weeks as I have been reading chronologically in the New Testament of the Bible it has really stood out to me how much Jesus prayed while He walked on this Earth. This is such a powerful message to us today. Jesus prayed often. He needed prayer and He often talked to the heavenly Father while He was spreading the gospel during his life on earth. The verses in the New Testament about praying remind us how important it is to ask God for our every need. The Bible shows us that Jesus prayed alone like the verse above states. He also prayed for other people. In Matthew 19:13 it says, “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.” And Luke 9:28 reads, “Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.”

These verses illustrate it is important to find our own quiet time to pray so we can focus and give our full attention to God in our heartfelt words. The scripture also shows us we should pray for others and pray together with each other. There are so many ways to pray and it is important to work all types of prayer into our daily life.

Even at times when we don’t know what to pray for or we are too emotional to come up with our own words, Jesus gives us instructions. In Matthew 6:5-15 and Luke 11:1-13 He gives us the words of the Lord’s Prayer. His disciples asked him directly to teach them to pray and Jesus responded with the words of the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer starts out giving praise to the Father.

In Jesus’ final hours on this Earth as He was being crucified He cried out to his Father. He prayed the night before his crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane and Luke 22:24 says, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Jesus prayed until the very end of his earthly life. Let us learn from Jesus’ example and be reminded that anytime of the day, anywhere is a great time for prayer.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, Your son Jesus gave us a great example of the power of prayer. He faithfully turned to you many times in prayer as He walked on this Earth. As we begin this new year, help us to turn to you more often in prayer. Open our eyes and our hearts so we can see what to pray for and in those times when we have no words, let us turn to the Bible and pray the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What ways do you make time for prayer in your daily life?

Have you had any answered prayers recently where you clearly see God at work?

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