On Sunday Graham spoke about prayer, focusing particularly on how Jesus prayed. There are some gaps in the recording where the discussion parts have been edited out.
Prayer in the life of Jesus
Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…
Jesus had the habit of praying at the start of the day, at the end of the day, and presumably on many occasions during each day.
The prayer life of Jesus appears early in the record we know as the Gospel of Mark.
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”
Questions: Imagine living out verse 35.
What would give you such priority?
What would you have to overcome to do it? Love of sleep, love of cosiness?
How strong would the motivation have to be?
Would you need to be driven or drawn?
What sort of appetite for prayer do you wish you had?
What sort of appetite for prayer would you like to ask Jesus for?
Jesus needed rest and was dependent upon prayer.
See Mark 6:31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
This is for us, a picture of what prayer to Jesus can be. See also Matthew 6 which is about giving in secret and praying in secret.
The returning 12 return to Jesus: .
‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ NIV
“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” ESV
Come … with me
By yourselves … alone
Apart … private
Quiet (dessert) place … to secure privacy
Rest … after toil, even though interruption was to come
A while … just for a while.
See 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
See Luke 11:1-4. They had seen his prayerfulness and wanted what they had seen
Question: What do you think they might have seen?
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’
2 He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.”’