I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
When Jesus was a Man, He prayed early, late, alone, all night, on His face, on His knees, and on a cross.
Was He sharing His joys and trials? Was He asking direction? Did He express fears, sadness, and even complaints to His Father--since no sin is attached to open communication with God?
Why did Jesus need to pray? As a Man, did He willingly accept limitations to the powers of His divinity? Did He pray to show us what we need to do for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
Surely, He teaches His disciples about prayer: how, how not, and why.
Could it be that the Word of God, the Holy Spirit of God, and our prayers to God unite in a power-filled trinity of communication? 'Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken' (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
1) 'Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you' (Matthew 5:44). We ask God to bless our enemies.
2) 'When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father Who is in the secret place; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly' (Matthew 6:6). We go to God alone. Like Moses.
3) 'And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words' (Matthew 6:7). We keep it real.
4) 'And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive' (Matthew 21:22). We believe then receive.
5) 'He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed' (Matthew 26:39). We submit our bodies to His authority.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Prayer series.