“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” – Mark 1:35 (NKJV)
When we study prayer or how to pray in the Bible, we are bound to find a perfect example in the prayer life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Mark 1:29-34, we see Jesus expending power to heal the sick and minister to people. In verse 35, we are told He went away to pray after all that.
Luke 5:16 tells us that Jesus often withdrew himself to be alone and pray. It was his practice.
The disciples took note of this and quickly learnt that if they will learn about prayer then they should be taught. Though the Jews had prayer customs and some of them were disciples of John who had been taught to pray before, they realised that Jesus prayed differently.
So in Luke 11:1, after He had finished praying, one of His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. They could ask because His fervency in prayer was discernible.
“During the days of Jesus life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission”. (Hebrews 5:7 NIV)
As believers, we learn from the life of Jesus and from the instruction in the bible to pray always. (I Thes 5:17 )
We learn that it is good and edifying to commit ourselves to long periods of prayer and fellowship with the Father.
The Bible is replete with instances where Jesus separated Himself for a long time of prayer and fellowship (Matthew 4: Mark 6:46, Matt 14:23, Luke 6:12)
In the book of Acts, we see the early church praying together often. It was the occupation of the church to pray continuously ( Acts 1:14, Acts 12:5), the consistency of which was expressed many times in Paul’s letters. (Col 4:12, Rom 12:12)
In the place of prayer, we fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit. When we pray, we receive instructions and direction. When we pray, we make power available.
Dear friends, be committed to spending quality time in prayer today.