The Example of Jesus Christ’s Praying Life

“Jesus’ own life was an example of praying persistently.

At times, Jesus was up before dawn for extended prayer with the Father. “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).

On another occasion, He prayed the entire night through. “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).

In addition to His rich private prayer life, Jesus prayed regularly in public as well. “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes…Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them… Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me”(Matthew 11:25Luke 9:16; and John 11:41-42).

If Jesus, the Son of God prayed habitually, how clearly we are to do the same.

by Bob Hoekstra
Day by Day by Grace

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Prayer as Dialogue

A quote from Andrew Murray

“Before prayer, it is God‘s word that prepares me for it, by revealing what the Father has bid me ask.

In prayer, it is God‘s word that strengthens me by giving my faith its warrant and its plea.

And after prayer it is God‘s word that brings me the answer when I have prayed, for in it the Spirit gives me to hear the Father’s voice [His Word and His “whisper”].

Prayer is not monologue but dialogue; God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part. Listening to God‘s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine.”

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The Benefits of Prayer

“Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” (Lamentations 3:41)

The act of prayer teaches us our unworthiness, which is a very salutary lesson for such proud beings as we are. If God gave us favors without constraining us to pray for them we should never know how poor we are, but a true prayer is an inventory of wants, a catalogue of necessities, a revelation of hidden poverty. While it is an application to divine wealth, it is a confession of human emptiness.

The most healthy state of a Christian is to be always empty in self and constantly depending upon the Lord for supplies; to be always poor in self and rich in Jesus; weak as water personally, but mighty through God to do great exploits; and hence the use of prayer, because, while it adores God, it lays the creature where it should be, in the very dust.

Prayer is in itself, apart from the answer which it brings, a great benefit to the Christian. As the runner gains strength for the race by daily exercise, so for the great race of life we acquire energy by the hallowed labour of prayer. Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets, that they may learn to mount above the clouds. Prayer girds the loins of God’s warriors, and sends them forth to combat with their sinews braced and their muscles firm. An earnest pleader cometh out of his closet, even as the sun arises from the chambers of the east, rejoicing like a strong man to run his race [Psalm 19:5]. Prayer is that uplifting hand of Moses which routs the Amalekites more than the sword of Joshua [Exodus 17:10]; it is the arrow shot from the chamber of the prophet foreboding defeat to the Syrians [2 Kings 13:17]. Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God. We know not what prayer cannot do!

We thank You, great God, for the mercy-seat, a choice proof of Your marvelous lovingkindness. Help us to use it aright throughout the day!

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, (October 11 Morning).

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Prayer and Yielding

“And the king’s servants said to the king [David], ‘We are your servants, ready to do whatever my lord the king commands.’” 2 Samuel 15:15

Spirit-led prayer requires us to fully yield to God’s good, acceptable and perfect will.

“Begin at once; before you venture away from this quiet moment [of prayer], ask your King to take you wholly into His service, and place all the hours of the day quite simply at His disposal, and ask Him to make and keep you ready to do just exactly what He appoints. Never mind about tomorrow; one day at a time is enough. Try it today, and see if it is not a day of strange, almost curious peace so sweet that you will be only too thankful, when tomorrow comes, to ask Him to take it also, –– till it will become a blessed habit to hold yourself simply and “wholly at Your commandment for any manner of service“… “Ready“ implies something of preparation, –- not being taken by surprise. Let us ask Him to prepare us for all that He is preparing for us.”
– F. R. Havergal

This is consistent with the Lord’s model prayer:

“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9,10

May we echo the eager commitment King David’s servants had as we pray in the name of the King of kings.

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Prayer as Cooperation

“Thus says the Lord God: ‘I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock'” (Ezek. 36:37).

“…Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:2b,3).

F. B. Meyer wrote :

“Prayer is part of the system of cooperation between God and man which pervades nature and life. No crop waves over the autumn field, no loaf stands on our breakfast table, no metal performs its useful service, no jewel sparkles on the brow of beauty, no coal burns in hearth or furnace, which does not witness to this dual workmanship of God and man. So in the spiritual world there must be cooperation, though on the part of man it is often limited to prayers, which may seem faint and feeble, but which touch the secret springs of Deity; as the last pic of the miner may break open a fountain of oil or a cavern set with dazzling jewels.”

Charles A Cook admonished,

“Seeing so much depends on prayer let us never neglect this cooperation with God which God has ordained for us. Let us remember that if our part is left out the law [principle] will not operate and the blessing will not come.” (from Practical Prayer Portions for Daily Reading (Moody Press).

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Prayer for the Persecuted

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
November 7, 2021

In just the last year, there have been:

Over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination
4,761 Christians killed for their faith
4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned

These numbers are heart-breaking. And yet, they do not tell the whole story. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” That joy is what we see when we hear and work with Christians all over the world who suffer because they serve Jesus. God cares for His people, and He will never leave or forsake them.

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church originated in the 20th century to raise awareness of the increasing violence, torture, death, “worship restrictions, public humiliation, and social isolation” that some Christians face in atheist states, such as in North Korea, as well as in South Asia and the Middle East; the observance was spearheaded by the World Evangelical Alliance

This November, millions of Christians worldwide will unite for one cause: to join the global Body of Christ for the 2021 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted (IDOP). The number one thing persecuted Christians ask for is prayer, and we want to equip you to be able to meet their request.


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Resting in God

“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Phil. 4:6, ASV).

“Faith does not create or produce, but rests and rejoices in what God has already done. His finished work at Calvary was the basis for our birth, and His completed work in our risen Lord Jesus is the source of our growth. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved [daily delivered from sin’s dominion] through His [resurrection] life” (Rom. 5:10, Amp.). -(Miles Stanford)

“A great many people have the faith that seeks, but they have not a faith that rests. The Lord Jesus is here, rest in Him, let the burden go. ‘Lord, I trust Thee now; I abide in Thee now. Lord, as I think about my home problems, my business pressures, my personal difficulties in every sphere of life, I bring them all, and give them all to Thee.’ And believe that He keeps you. I am sure this rest of faith is the center of all activity.

“You cannot work without friction until you have this rest of faith—complete dependence not only on what the Lord has done, but on what He is to you this very moment. Rest in Him. ‘God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye always [not sometimes] having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto every good work’ (2 Cor. 9:8).” -(Evan Hopkins)

“And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).

from None But The Hungry Heart
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When We Pray

“…pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]” (James 5:16-18 Amplified Bible).

Here is an inspirational music video by Tauren Wells – “When We Pray” (Official Lyric Video)

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A Wind in the House

A Wind in the House of Islam

“Terrorist attacks, the threat of nuclear weapons, persecution of Christians, the abuse of women—these are just some of the recurring themes whenever the American news media get around to covering the Muslim world—which isn’t often. It’s enough to tempt you to think that the House of Islam is beyond redemption or hope.

Well, I’m thrilled to tell you that God is doing miraculous things in the House of Islam. David Garrison, a missions expert with the Southern Baptists, has written an amazing new book called A Wind in the House of Islam, which describes an unprecedented movement of Muslims into the Christian faith over the last twenty years…

Upon hearing the increasing stories of conversions recently in the Islamic world, David went on a journey of 250,000 miles to speak with Muslims in West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Persian world, South Asia, and the Indo-Malaysia archipelago, asking them the fundamental question, “What did God use to bring you to faith in Jesus Christ?”

His research uncovered that in the fourteen hundred years since Muhammad founded Islam, there have been eighty-two movements of Muslims turning to Christ. As a starting point, he defined “movement” as 1000 Muslims receiving Christian baptism, a public statement of their faith in Christ.

Now 82 movements in 1400 years doesn’t sound like a lot. But David Garrison points out an amazing fact—84 percent of those movements have started in just the last 20 years. There is indeed a new wind blowing!”

John Stonestreet, Breakpoint

“Why are more than a billion people around the world abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex from dawn to sunset this month? [May 6-June 4, 2019]. They are Muslims who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.” Learn more at:

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Hindu World Prayer Focus

World Christian’s annual Hindu World Prayer Focus calls Christians and churches worldwide to take 15 days (Oct 20 – Nov 3, 2019) to learn about and pray for our world’s over one billion Hindu neighbors. That time period also encompasses the significant Hindu Festival of Light (Diwali). The informative prayer guide booklets (shipping starts late Summer 2019; preorder now) will help Christians to know how to pray for the people(s) growing up within this major and very diverse world religion. (Of course, if this 15-day time frame does not work for you, there is no prohibition to taking another 15 days.)

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