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Feb
14

Jesus Prayed And So Should We

Look at verse 16 of Luke 5: 

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

​ – Luke 5:16 (NIV)​ 
He was really in demand.  People were flocking to Him to hear Him teach and to be healed by Him.  We see here that it was probably pretty taxing on Him.  So what did He do when He was tired and worn out?  He went away by Himself and He prayed to His Heavenly Father.  God is able to strengthen us and give us endurance for the journey.  If Jesus, who was God in the flesh, needed time by Himself to pray and rest, how much more do we need that time with the Father?  Yet we too often neglect that time.  I’m guilty of it.  You’re guilty of it.  We think that we’re too busy to pray.  That we don’t have enough time for prayer.  Yet we’ll find 30 minutes a day for facebook.  We’ll find 4 hours a day for television.  We’ll find an hour every evening for mindless internet surfing.  We’ll find all kinds of time to be distracted from what is truly important.  We need to make time to pray.  Jesus withdrew “often” to pray.  If we do not make regular prayer a habit, we’ll never enjoy the special fellowship with our Father that we need and that God desires.  Here’s a challenge – take 5 minutes to pray right now.  Here’s a little exercise that I like to help guide my prayers:
 
ACTS Model of Prayer
  • A = Adoration – tell God that you love Him and why
  • C = Confession – admit to God that you are a sinner in need of His forgiveness
  • T = Thanksgiving – thank God for all of the blessings He has provided
  • S = Supplication – ask God for to provide the things that you need
If we will get into the holy habit of regular prayer, we will grow closer to God and we’ll be more like His Son, Jesus.   
 

Luke 5:12-16 (NIV)

Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy

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.

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