Jesus was a man of action and prayer. No one can miss His emphasis on prayer. Before He even began His public ministry, He spent forty days in the wilderness praying.
Prayer was part of His daily life and fellowship with the Father. His disciples were so curious that they requested, “Teach us to pray.”
His prayers were simple.
He asserted that one should not make a show of praying. He practiced it daily and at all times. He spent the whole night in prayer reviewing His selection of the twelve. The twelve were prayed for throughout their time with Jesus. We know Jesus’s recorded prayer in John 17 where He refers to them thirty-one times in verses 6 through 19.
Looking at the example Jesus provides for us, what can you and I learn about the power of prayer?
When was the last time you spent the whole night praying over an important decision? When was the last time you prayed fervently and faithfully over another person or situation?
Ask the Lord to teach you to pray.
The Lord spoke to Abraham and said that Sarah, his wife who was 90 years old, would have a son. Sarah laughed, thinking that was impossible. The Lord said, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14).
Think in your own life, is there anything you are facing that you deem too hard for the Lord?
Several weeks ago, I talked with a close colleague about a personnel need we have in MentorLink. I said, “I don’t think the Lord can do that.” Immediately I realized what I had said and said to him, “I am embarrassed at what I said.” Then I said, “The Lord can do that, but it will be a miracle.”
A year later, Sarah had a son. A miracle happened and the Lord showed that nothing is impossible for Him.
I know at least one miracle I am waiting on Him for. What miracles do you look to the Lord to do in your life?
The verse has been running through my head for several weeks now.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Last week I was with friends converted from Islam. A number of them shared how they came to Jesus, were rejected by their families and had their lives threatened because of their conversion.
For a Muslim to convert to Jesus is life-threatening, but they willingly do this because they know Jesus is the Way – they know there is no other Name.
Take a few minutes to pray for the Lord of the harvest to bring millions more Muslims into His Kingdom. Pray also for workers you know who labor among Muslim peoples.
This is the time of the year that I typically do a lot of reflection on the past year and spend some time thinking about what may be coming in the new year. Perhaps you are like me. Here are some questions that can assist in looking forward:
- What do I want to see the Lord do in my life now and perhaps in the coming year?
- What are some of the burdens I have for my family, friends and ministry? How does the Lord want me to pray for these?
- Is there one verse or promise that I want to pray for in my life in the coming year?
- What am I anxious about as I think of the coming year?
These are suggestive questions. I really am not advocating detailed planning for the new year. I read in James this morning words of caution and perspective that brings focus to our hopes and plans.
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:13-17)
May you see His amazing grace and goodness in the coming year.