Luke 3:21 – “…and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened,”
Luke 5:16 – “But he (Jesus) would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
Luke 6:12 – “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.”
Luke 9:18 – “Now it happened that as he (Jesus) was praying alone…”
Luke 9:28 – “he (Jesus) took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.”
For 2015, a group of us have resolved ourselves to read through the four gospels, three times each. If you would like to join us, please feel free to drop by the church office and pick-up a Bible reading schedule. We are currently in the Gospel of Luke and will begin the Gospel of John in April. After that we start again in Matthew to work our way through the Gospels for a second time. Anyway, join us and begin to feed your soul with His living Words.
Jesus spent a significant amount of time in prayer. All the Gospels record that Jesus prayed often and that he regularly escaped to “desolate places” in order to pray late into the night and sometimes all night long.
When I read about how often Jesus prayed, I immediately ask, “Why?” Why did Jesus have to pray so much? He is the second person of the Trinity, the Word made flesh. Why does he need to be in prayer with God the Father so often and for such long periods of time?
However, by asking that question, I’m assuming that Jesus’ life is odd or out of the ordinary and that my life is normal. That would be a wrong assumption. According to the Scriptures, Jesus is the normal one and I’m the abnormal one. His way of living is the renewed and original way and my way is wayward and broken way. I am in need of restoration and Jesus is the end goal of my renewal.
So, the real question is not “Why does Jesus pray so much?” The real important question to be asking is, “Why don’t we pray as much as Jesus?”
I don’t have any profound thoughts on this but I simply know that if Jesus spent significant time praying and communing with God the Father, then I know that we need that quantity of time with him too. We would be fools to think that our souls could be conformed into the godly image of Jesus without following the example of Jesus’ life. It would be as foolish as expecting your body to become slimmer and more muscular or toned even though you choose to not workout or exercise. I am not saying that if we pray more we will become more like Jesus in character. But I am saying that the servant is not greater than his master. If Jesus communed with God in prayer often and for long periods of time, then how much more do we need to do the same?