The apostles taught that Jesus is the Christian’s example in all things. To Paul, He is the pattern to imitate (1 Cor 11:1); to Peter, He is the Shepherd in whose footsteps Christians are to follow (1 Peter 2:21,25); to John, He is the Servant who led by example (John 13:13-17). Today, let us consider, He is our pattern in prayer.
A survey of His life reveals Jesus was a prayerful person:
- He prayed alone before His day began (Mark 1:35).
- He prayed alone in the afternoon (Matthew 14:23; Luke 9:18, Lk 5:16).
- He prayed with His disciples in the afternoon (Luke 9:28-29).
- He prayed alone at night, all night (Luke 6:12).
- He prayed in public (Matthew 11:25-27; John 11:41-42, 12:27-28).
- He prayed before important decisions (Luke 6:12-13).
- He prayed at pivotal moments in His life (e.g., after His baptism, Luke 3:21-22).
- He prayed in moments of deep agony (Lk 22:42; Matthew 27:46).
- He prayed before meals (Mk 8:6; Mt 26:26; Luke 24:30).
- He prayed to teach others (Matthew 6:9-13).
- He prayed for others (Lk 22:31-32).
- He prayed for His disciples (John 17:6-19).
- He prayed for His future disciples (John 17:20-26).
- He prayed for children (Matthew 19:13-15).
- He prayed for His enemies (Luke 23:34).
- He prayed to heal (Mark 7:34-35).
- He prayed with thanksgiving (John 11:41-42; Luke 10:21-22).
- He prayed with loud cries and tears (Hebrews 5:7).
- He prayed the same prayer multiple times (Matthew 26:39,42,44).
- He prayed short prayers (John 12:27-28).
- He prayed long prayers (John 17:1-26; Lk 6:12).
- He prayed while standing (John 17:1).
- He prayed while kneeling (Lk 22:41).
- He prayed while prostrate on the ground with His face in the dirt (Matthew 26:39).
- He prayed according to the Father’s will (Mt 26:36-44).
- He prayed with His dying breath (Lk 23:46).
- He prayed before He ascended back to Heaven (Luke 24:50-53).
The prayer life of Jesus illustrates the command to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus was continually prayerful. He placed a priority on prayer in His life. Do we?