Be Imitators of the Lord in Prayers and Supplication
Paul says, “Be imitators of me,
just as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor 11:1). And, “For you have been called for
this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for
you to follow in His steps” (1 Pet 2:21).
Many of the hooks that are written
about the life of Jesus Christ place emphasis on his works and teachings but
have neglected his inner communion with God. This inner communion is reflected
in his daily prayer life.
Prayer is a manifestation of a
religious life. If we neglect to pray, our faith will not be firmly
Jesus Takes Time To Pray Even In His Busiest
“And in the early morning, while it was still
dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying
there” (Mk 1:35).
“But the news about Him was spreading even
farther, and great multitudes were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of
their sicknesses. But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and
pray” (Lk 5:15-16).
“And after He had sent the multitudes away, He
went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was
there alone” (Mt 14:23).
We must follow this example of the
Lord. The busier we are, the more we need to take time to pray.
The Lord Jesus Prays More Fervently When Great
Trials And Tribulations Are About To Befall Him:
“Arid being in agony He was praying very
fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the
ground” (Lk 22:44).
Just before His crucifixion, the Lord
Jesus prayed even more fervent! to God. He offered up both prayers and
supplications with loud crying and tears and He was heard because of His piety
(Heb 5:7). For this reason, we must not forget to pray when misfortunes befall
us. If we imitate the Lord and offer our prayers with loud crying and tears,
God will hear our prayers. Even on the verge of being put to death, we must not
cease to pray. During the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, a few deacons and
elders of the church in Shanghai were taken to the streets by the Japanese
soldiers. They were made to kneel in a row. When they were about to be
executed, they cried out loudly, “Hallelujah!” They were filled with the Holy
Spirit and began to speak in tongues. Their bodily vibrations were so vigorous
that the soldiers were greatly surprised and did not proceed with the
execution. Thus, they were released unharmed. This shows how God saved those
who prayed earnestly on the verge of being put to death. For this reason, in
difficult situations we must not forget to pray to God. The prophets and the
apostles were able to escape from dangers and calamities because of their
earnest and unceasing prayers to God (Heb 11:32-34).
The Lord Jesus Always Prays For Others:
He said to Peter, “But I have
prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have
turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22:32). And, “Sanctify them in the
truth; Thy word is truth. I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those
also who believe in Me through their word” (Jn 17:17,
The Lord Jesus not only prayed for
those who loved him and those whom he loved, but also prayed for his enemy.
Even when he was nailed on the cross in the midst of great pain, he did not
stop to pray for those who persecuted and crucified him: “Father, forgive them,
for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).
God is love (1 Jn 4:8).
Christianity is a religion of love. The Lord Jesus prayed for those who
persecuted Him in order to set us an example that we also must love our enemy
so as to manifest the love of God. Paul himself also urged us to pray for one
another “Pray for the believers. Pray also for me” (Eph 5:18-19).
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and
prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men” (1 Tim
James also told us, “Therefore,
confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another” (Jas 5:16).
Abraham prayed for the city of Sodom so that it might not
face destruction because of God’s wrath (Gen 18:23). Moses prayed for the
people of Israel
so that they might escape from the wrath of God (Ex 32:31-34). Thus, we see
that the Lord Jesus, the prophets and the apostles all prayed for others in an
Jesus Does Not Cease To Pray:
Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Mt 11:25).
We see that the life of Jesus on
earth is a life of prayer. In other words, prayer is the source of His
strength. His prayer does not consist of ‘asking’ or ‘requesting’ for material
needs but for his spiritual well-being. He prayed freely to God and experienced
the togetherness between a father and a son (Jn 8:35). He is in God and God is
in Him (Jn 14:10). His prayer proceeds from the heart (Jn 17:21-22). The
religious life of the Lord Jesus is a spontaneous revelation of His true self.
His prayers are not something external or forced. They are not ritualistic. The
true nature and all the fullness of God are revealed solidly and concretely in
the daily life of the Lord Jesus (Heb 2:9).
John said, “Our prayer is our
communion with our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ (1 Jn 1:3).” Paul
said that we who are spiritual prayed for the things of the spirit (Rom
8:26-27). Prayer is conversing with God (1 Cor 14:2). In prayer, our spirit
reaches out to the Spirit of God. Prayer is oneness with God (1 Jn 4:13).
Prayer produces an intimate spiritual union between Father and Son. For this
reason, we who are Christians must never neglect to pray. For prayer is like
the breath of our spirit. It must be done in order to provide food for our
spirit. Thus, Paul encouraged us “With all prayer and petition pray at all
times in the Spirit, and with this in view, he on the alert with all
perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Eph 6:18). Therefore, follow the
example of Christ in prayer, so that we may reach greater heights of spiritual