Jesus Prayer Life
As a young adult I looked forward to having freedom to make my own decisions, plan my days out, even plan my life out and then graduating from High School I joined the United States Air Force, so much for the freedom of making my own decisions, planning what I would do for the day. If you have been in the military you know that others plan out your schedule for you especially if you are newly enlisted or commissioned. When each of us responded to his invitation for us to follow him, we learn from him how to live life. Please read Mark 1:35-39 as we learn from Jesus’ prayer life. As we read this passage of Scripture we learn from Jesus that his time spent with the Father is top priority. Jesus separates himself from others so that he can have communion with his Father uninterrupted. Notice how he separated himself from the others and just got alone with his Father. A passage of Scripture from Isaiah 50:4 reminds us that our Heavenly Father will teach us and awaken us so that we can hear him speak. A few years back the movie, “War Room” was released and the Kendrick brothers did a great job of illustrating the importance and power of getting alone with God the Father in prayer. Jesus teaches us that spending time with the Father helps us to adjust our agenda to what is on his heart and not let others plan our day for us. Once the disciples woke up because of the neighborhood looking for Jesus to heal their sick family or set someone free from demons, they went looking for him. When they found him they had Jesus’ morning planned out. Jesus’ response to his disciples was that is not what the Father has planned for me to do. Let’s remember that the LORD’s thoughts are not our thoughts and neither is his ways our ways, they are on a much higher plane. (Isaiah 55:8). Jesus teaches his disciples that he would keep his Father’s priorities, his priorities. He tells his disciples that the Father’s priorities for his life is to preach the gospel in neighboring communities. The only way that each of us will keep our priorities right is to make spending time with the Father each day a top priority. The Father’s plan s and priorities will be different for each person. Not everyone is called to be a missionary in a far away country. Not everyone is called to a pulpit ministry. What everyone is called to do however is this: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, (Matthew 6:33), to seek the LORD while he may be found and to call upon him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6-7). In doing do we will fulfill his agenda for the day. He will guide us in planning out our schedule. I wonder what would happen in our country if the body of Christ truly made spending time with the Lord a top priority right now? Transformation happens at a heart level in a person’s life when we learn to pray from the Lord Jesus. We learn from him as we meditate on the Scriptures, listening to what he is saying to us through the Holy Spirit. It is in our prayer closet that we confront the ugliness of sin in our lives, we learn to confess our sin and our need to the Lord to cleanse us and change us. The Holy Spirit will help us to know what is on the his heart as we surrender and adjust our lives to him, willing to do what he calls us to do. As we follow the priorities that He has set for us each day we learn to live in the moment with him. We learn to depend on him and not on ourselves. As we learn to walk with the Lord daily, the interruptions that often frustrate us we will begin to see them as an invitation from the Lord to trust him. The opportunity to join him with what he is doing. Let’s learn from Jesus the priority of seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, allowing the Father to set our schedule following his kingdom agenda. As learn from Jesus in the prayer room we will find ourselves becoming a living paradox where the outer man is dying and the inner man is being renewed each day.