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What If? The Blog

Praying Like Jesus

Mary Vinson

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Today's Reading - Matthew 26: 36-46

“Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray, healed people with prayers, denounced the corruption of the temple worship (which, he said, should be a ‘house of prayer’), and insisted that some demons could be cast out only through prayer. He prayed often and regularly with fervent cries and tears (Heb. 5:7), and sometimes all night. The Holy Spirit came upon him and anointed him as he was praying (Luke 3:21–22), and he was transfigured with the divine glory as he prayed (Luke 9:29). When he faced his greatest crisis, he did so with prayer. We hear him praying for his disciples and the church on the night before he died (John 17:1–26) and then petitioning God in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, he died praying.”  From Timothy Keller on Prayer

In our reading today in Matthew 26, verses 39 and 42, Jesus facing the cross prays first that this cup or what he is about to do be taken from him. In his humanness he is asking – is there any other way?  In both verses he ends with saying it’s not his will but the Father’s.  “May your will be done”.   Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually and Romans 8:26 tells us that when we don’t know what to pray, the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.  Finally in our Matthew passage, Jesus shows us that praying for the Father’s will to be done is a matter of constant trust, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes what we want and God’s will for us may not be the same. He shows us that our prayers should not really end with a period or exclamation point, but a comma, always adding “if it be your will”.

How do you pray to the Father?

Do you trust HIM in everything so you can pray with honesty that His will be done? 

Do you make prayer a part of your day every day?

Ok put down the bible and pray this week like it was your last! 

by Mary Vinson

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