But he (Jesus) would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:16)
Jesus often withdraws into solitude to pray, but He was no lone ranger.
Jesus often prayed for the people, sometimes He prayed over the night and throughout the whole night for people.
The ministry of Jesus had been so demanding and pressing that He often had to go aside to pray.
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. (Matthew 26:36‐43)
So we knew what Jesus had been praying for.
Jesus had been praying for the will of the Father be done.
It is the will of our heavenly Father for us to return to where everything started – fellowship with Jesus and fellowship with our heavenly Father.
Jesus came to show us the way back to our heavenly Father.
Jesus’ disciples caught the same vision –
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say,
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Luke 11:1‐4)
We don’t have to go through life alone! Our Father in heaven is waiting to hear our prayers! Jesus is waiting for our prayers!
But we just needed to be patient. Our Father in heaven may not answer as fast as Twitter or Facebook. The whole purpose of praying to our Father in heaven is that we may embrace the will of our Father with our present life circumstances.
Jesus believed and trusted the Father.
In the darkness moment of His life, naked and nailed to the cross Jesus trusted in the Father.
Hungry, cold and neglected Jesus trusted in the Father.
Jesus was denied of all rights and He trusted in the Father’s will.
As Jesus trusted the Father in prayers, we do the same.
We learn to commit our life circumstances unto the Father in prayers.
Sometimes we go through the darkest moments of life and we feel we are all alone. But in the darkest moments of our life, the very thing which will carry us through is who do we really believe and trust?
Who do we pray to and pray through?
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