Jesus Wants Us to Pray

Jesus Wants Us to Pray December 19, 2020

Jesus tombstone carving image intended to imply that Jesus image should be carved not on stone but our hearts

Jesus taught us how to pray. It is vital his instructions about prayer are also seen in the context of his teaching concerning our relationship with Him. First we must learn how to become a Child of God before we can learn how to communicate with him every day.

Whilst prayer can be of some use to someone who is not yet saved, simply praying in a ritualistic way will not help you be born again  Unless you see your prayer time as part of abiding in Jesus it is likely to become a tedious chore over time.

Prayer is a privilege since it is communication with the Most High. Yet few Christians fully enjoy that privilege and I am certainly not one who does.  Writing these articles have only challenged me that I do not pray enough, and do not take prayer seriously enough. And so as the year ends I face an ongoing challenge: Jesus wants ME to pray.

I hope we have understood that more through the last few articles in our series on what Jesus commanded us. I don’t claim to be an expert in prayer, far from it. Instead, lets examine together what Jesus, who definitely WAS an expert in prayer, said about it.

Today we round up and conclude this series on how Jesus teaches us to pray. Just like the previous round up post about our relationship with God, I will include a link to the article, and a Scripture quote and at the end of the article I will also link to some other relevant content from the blog some of which very much laid the foundation for these posts.

It has taken me more than a year to work my way through these commands of Jesus about prayer, and I have been thinking about learning to obey Jesus better for the last three years since being reminded that doing what Jesus says is the only solid foundation for our lives.

This summary post concludes the series on what Jesus teaches us about prayer. But God willing I will continue to look at learning to obey his other instructions to us in the New Year.

1. Pray Like this

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1)

Jesus commands: Pray Like This

2. Pray Always

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.—Luke 18:1

“Pray Always” – Jesus

3. Keep asking and expecting

Keep on asking and it will be given you;  keep on seeking and you will find;  keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.  (Matthew 7:7, Amplified)

Keep Asking and Expecting

4. Don’t Pray to Impress

When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”  (Matthew 6:6)

Don’t Pray to Impress

5.  Fast in secret

“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:18)

Jesus Commands: Fast, but not to Impress Others

 

6.  Pray for the Holy Spirit

How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!—Luke 11:13
Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.—John 16:24

This command is essentially the same as to “Receive the Holy Spirit” (since the only way to get the Holy Spirit is to ask for him in prayer). This is addressed in a previous article also categorised under commands about our relationship with God. It is so crucial that it deserves a place in this list too.

Jesus Commands: Receive the Spirit

7. Worship in Spirit and Truth

True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.—John 4:23-24

 

Pray In Spirit and Truth

8. Pray for your enemies

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.—Matt. 5:44

Pray for your enemies

9. Pray for The Kingdom

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33)

 

Pray for God’s Kingdom

10. Pray for Workers

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

Pray for Workers

 

Other Articles on Prayer

In addition to these specific posts above where Jesus directly commands us to pray, there were also a number of more general posts which could be seen to lay the foundation to some of these articles.  Some of these include quotes from Tim Keller’s excellent book Walking With God through Pain and Suffering

 

 

Ten Commandments of Jesus

Do you need some Soul Time?

Revival Interview

Five Truths about Suffering

Trust Him and Pray

Keep Walking with Jesus

Three Phases of Faith

Ten Commandments of Jesus

Jesus is King so Serve Him

Be still and know – a meditation track

Thinking, thanking, and loving

Giving Thanks IN Your Suffering, Not FOR It

Trust Him and Pray

Weeping is Encouraged

Slow Down to Meet God

Already AND Not Yet: Expecting God’s Blessing

Audacious Promises that God will Heal You

‘You Can’t Say That to God!’


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