Prayer life of Jesus 1

My study on prayer began with an interest in understanding the prayer life of Jesus. I considered how prayerful Jesus was and it made me consider that if the Son of God Himself prayed that much then what about me.

Jesus began His ministry with prayer:
“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3.21,22 This is a tremendous reminder to me that I should begin all my endeavors with prayer.

Jesus often withdrew from people to be alone to pray. He often went up a mountainside or to a solitary places to pray early in the morning, while it was still dark Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, 6:46, Luke 5:16. Getting away from distractions to pray is a common thread in Jesus’ prayer life as is rising early to pray. I find that when I am praying in my bed in the morning that I often will fall back asleep while I am praying. I then feel bad that I fell asleep on God. Ok, go ahead laugh. Anyway, I am often struck with the thought that if I were to actually get up and go to some “deserted” place (Mark 1.35) and pray maybe I wouldn’t keep falling back asleep. Sometimes I do. Mostly, though, I stay in bed and keep falling asleep on God. Anyway, this post is not about my prayer life, but Christ’s. Anyone that would write about my prayer life needs a life. But I digress. Overall I am not certain whether the fruit is in the quiet place or the deliberate act of going to the quiet place. I suspect a little of both. I have had very good and meaningful prayer in many a crowded room. And I have been to quiet places to pray and still not been able to focus.

While I doubt if Jesus ever fell asleep while praying I still wonder. I mean, He did pray a lot and very early. Still, He was human and probably didn’t like getting up before the sun.

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