The prayer life of Jesus- Rahmat Quagraine

Hello Ladies and Girls, 

Today's post is about the prayer life of Jesus.

I believe we cannot exhaust it all, because daily, He reveals more of His riches to you. Notwithstanding, I  believe the Holy Spirit will help everyone tackle every key areas that will improve our prayer life.

A prayer life that is:

1. so effective

2. fervent (powerful) and

3. produces wonderful results; James 5:16.

To achieve this, we will talk about some key elements from Jesus' prayer life that we can learn from.

The first thing to know is that Jesus was and is a man of prayer.

He actually still intercedes for us.

Romans 8:34

"Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. "Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us."

The prayer life of Jesus

In like manner, we should be people of prayer. Our fragrance should be prayers with sweet aroma to the FATHER. We don't wait until there's an issue before we go to the Father. Nooo!!! There should be that continuous fellowship. Unlike the old covenant that one has to go through certain processes before reaching the most holy place (where the presence of God was). In our time, the presence of God, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. We need no ablution like what the Muslims do. We need no high priest to lead us there like the old testament time. Our High priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, has paved the way, we just have to talk to the Father. He's ever ready to hear us, Amen!!

As a man of prayer, Jesus admonished His disciples in Matthew 6:5 this way, 'when you pray' not 'if you pray'. The 'when' used here suggests that it's something that should be part of us. And I believe this was Him, hence, He could tell His disciples to do same.

Jesus was a man who did nothing without the consent of the Father (John 5:19; 30), because there was that constant fellowship. Imagine your relationship with a loved one without communication. How will that relationship be? Or let's say you only talk to this person when you are in need of a help that he or she can assist with, or once in a while, you just say hello or even if you communicate with the person on daily basis, your goal is always to take from him or her; how will the relationship be? Unfortunately, it looks like most of our communication with the heavenly Father is in like manner.

Sometimes, you just have to be before Him to lavish your love on Him, not to necessarily ask anything from Him but, just admiring His beauty and telling Him how much you love and appreciate Him.

You used to spend hours in prayer and in the word, but, a lot of distractions has set in. I believe, the Lord is calling you back to that sweet fellowship with Him. Know that the Lord misses you. Just get back, He's waiting.

For some of you, the distractions can come in a form of hiding behind corporate prayers. I am not saying corporate prayers are wrong, not at all. The Lord admonishes us even in corporate prayers (that is, when the church prays). However, there are a lot of people who are ignoring their lone time in prayer with the Lord.

In most cases, the Bible records moment the Lord withdrew to have that lone time with the Father. Usually, it is in these lone times with the Lord that the Holy Spirit reveals more to you.

So yes, it's good you are in all those prayer groups, but please, have your own  prayer time too, just you and Him🙇🏾‍♀️🙇🏾‍♀️♥️.

The 2nd thing I would like to look at is the Content of Jesus' prayer

The prayer life of Jesus

 A. Heartfelt prayers

An example is at Gethsemane. Most heartfelt prayers always produce answers. I am wondering the kind of prayer that Hannah also prayed, for Eli to suggest that she may be drunk. In heartfelt prayers, you don't care about who is standing by you, where you are standing, or the cry that may spoil your make up or the sweat of blood (in our Lord's case). You just pour out your heart to HIM, and my dear, grace is always released in moments like these.

 B. Our prayers should be according to His word. You ask and you do not receive, because you ask amiss, or you ask with the wrong motive.

The prayer life of Jesus

Jesus had this one thing, to do the Father's will. So in most of His prayers, He desired that the Father will be glorified. 

I remember in the case of raising Lazarus from the dead, even at Gethsemane, all He so desired was for the will of the Father to be established.

Let's ask ourselves? Why are you desperately praying for that thing? What are your motives behind that prayer? Is it so as to glorify the Father?, or you want to have it to boast in yourself? That prayer, are you sure it's according to His will for you?

How then do you know we're praying according to His will???

Conformity to HIS WORD🔥

For our prayers to yield results, we need to know THE WORD OF GOD. Knowing the word of God will aid you to pray according to His perfect will.

Remember, now is the time to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. We can equally put it this way, 'now is the time to pray in the spirit and in truth'. Engage your spirit man in prayer, and your prayers should be backed by the word of God. The last thing I would like to say in terms of the content of our prayer is;

C. Our prayers should be full of Thanksgiving and worship to the Father: 

The prayer life of Jesus

Matthew 6:9, Luke 22:19, 1Cor 11: 24, John 6:11.

Your will read something from the word like this, "after he gave thanks". Our Lord Jesus knew how to appreciate the Father.

When was the last time you  went to the place of prayer with only thanksgiving. Don't allow your prayer to be full of Lord, give me this, give me that. Our Father has been very good to you. To be called a child of God on its own, yields an eternal gratitude to our Father

Another key elements to learn from our Lord's prayer life is the time of prayer

The time of prayer can be anytime; at dawn, morning, afternoon, evening, late evening, all-night, half-night, etc.  Remember, you carry His presence every single fraction of a second. You are hidden in Christ, so you can engage Him at anytime. 

Lastly, our Lord Jesus prayed about everything.

Our Father said, I know the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). This tells you that He knows your details, both big and small, a Father who doesn't sleep nor slumber. Won't it then be advisable to talk to Him about everything???🤷🏾‍♀️ Please, whatever it is, open up to Him. Remember, prayer simply means talking to the Father. That decision you want to make, talk to Him about it. That course you don't understand, ask Him for wisdom. That business you want to start, tell Him. That wild emotions springing up for that guy in school, open it up to God. That hurt within your heart, that betrayal, that sin that easily entangles you, dear just talk to Him. He's a loving, caring merciful Father, always available. He said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.

The fact that your prayer life is dwindling, open up to Him. Sometimes, He creates that "void" to tell you He misses you too. So if you feel that way, just open up to Him in sincerity. You can say: Daddy, I feel my prayer life is going down, I receive grace to come back. Sometimes also, He desires to take us deeper with HIM, and that next level of glory may need more time in prayer with HIM. So, it isn't that you aren't praying, but, you can "feel" your spirit man is still hungry, He's calling you into deeper waters. Keep panting after Him. Dedicate more time and engage His presence.

I would like to end here with this popular song.

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit

Oh, what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness

Take it to the Lord in prayer

About the Author

Rahmat Quaigrane Duker is a lover of Christ and God's children. She has a passion and desire to see young ones know the Lord and develop a great relationship with God. 

She is also an academic in the field of Environmental toxicology. She is aspiring for a lecturership position; a platform to reach as many young people as possible for the Lord. 

Rahmat is versatile and has a good sense of fashion. She loves to watch educative movies and hang out with family and friends.


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