Apostle Grace Lubega
Luke 5:16(NIV); But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Christ was a man of prayer. Our theme scripture reveals that He often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
But what was the substance of His prayer?
When some people speak of the prayer life of Christ, they refer to what has been termed as the “Lord’s prayer” and imply that this is how Christ prayed.
That is not so child of God. Christ never went to God to ask him to give him daily bread. When faced with the need for food for the thousands that followed Him, the Bible says He simply lifted up His hands and simply gave thanks.
Christ did not go to God and ask that He not be led into temptation. He did not ask for forgiveness of sins because He was without sin.
We have a glimpse into Christ’s language of prayer from John 17. He speaks of the glorification of the son and the father; He declares how He has been given power over all flesh that He might bring eternal life to many; He speaks of how He has manifested the name of God to men; He speaks of oneness with God.
Christ’s prayer demonstrates His understanding of who He was. There was no self-pity in His prayer. There was no begging in His prayer. There was no self-condemnation in His prayer.
By this pattern, we learn to pray.
Glory to God!
FURTHER STUDY: John 17, Matthew 6:9-13
Christ’s prayer demonstrates His understanding of who He was. There was no self-pity in His prayer. There was no begging in His prayer. There was no self-condemnation in His prayer. By this pattern, we learn to pray.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for this instruction in prayer. Truth defines my patterns of prayer. I pray with boldness, understanding and knowledge. I speak forth those things that are consonant with your Word. I speak with the wisdom of one aligned to eternal purpose. To the glory of your name. Amen.