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How’s Our Prayer Life?

Luke 5:16

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

RayMcDHow’s our prayer life? I ask this question often. It is the 3rd devotional thought that has the same title. I ask it because I believe our prayer life is very important – even essential to our walk the Lord.

We usually get out of something what we put into it. If we lack communication or time for our spouse – our marriage won’t be very good. If we don’t spend time with our children our relationship with them will be shallow. If we put little into our jobs we will get fired.

How’s our prayer life? Prayer is our communication time with God. We’re called in Scripture to deny self and follow Christ. We’re called to spend time in prayer as Jesus modeled for us.

Today’s passage is one of many that shows us Christ’s example – His prayer life. Here is a snippet of Jesus’ life in partial context. Luke 5:12–16 – 12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

This is a story of Jesus healing a man with leprosy. It is a powerful healing story. Jesus said be clean and the man was healed. What happened after this healing is where I want to focus. The people came to Jesus for healing – for miracles – for the supernatural. Luke tells us after this healing narrative that Jesus often left the crowds and often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. The crowds were often large and demanding – and it seems that Jesus craved that alone time with His Father in prayer. That close relationship with the Father was part of His power and energy.

Do we have some prayer closets – some set aside places to pray? Do we spend time – just God and us – in deep communication? How’s our prayer life? Do we cherish our alone time with God?

This coming Sunday we will be preaching on prayer – on the power of prayer – on the prayer of faith. I would urge our readers to spend more and more time with Jesus in prayer. For parents with little ones – this might be that brief time when the children are napping or asleep for the evening. It might be when they are watching Paw Patrol or The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. For the rest of us – we might need to actually put prayer time on our calendars so we don’t fly through our days and forget to pray – or crowd the day with other things. Set intentional time to sit and be with God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 18, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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