Jesus' Prayer Closets
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12-16
Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
We all know that prayer is supposed to be important in our lives but do we really understand the level of importance it should play? These two passages show Jesus going off by Himself to pray. The situations aren't the same giving us a few different examples of prayer. Note that these aren't the only times and ways we should pray but they give us some examples.
1. He found a lonely place to pray. He was with crowds most of the time and He knew that to maintain a closer relationship with the Father than the people He was constantly around, He needed to get alone with God. He also knew that it is easier to keep focused when by Himself. We need to remember that we have that same opportunity to get alone with God.
2. He did it often. Jesus didn't just pray over His meals or at bedtime. He intentionally carved out time during the day to get alone with God. He needed refreshing and knew time with the Father was just the key. They same can be true with us. Time spent alone with God can give us a peace and refreshment that can only come from time with our Creator.
3. We should set aside times that have no time limits. This truth is especially good to remember when we have some great decision to make or a particularly pressing concern. This is a prayer of fervency. It is the kind of prayer when we truly pour our hearts out to Him and don't stop praying until we feel like we have an answer or come to peace knowing we can trust Him fully.
In the second verses we see Jesus praying for wisdom to know which of the followers to make His apostles, men that would be given the closest glimpses into His life. These would be the men that would be sent out as His ambassadors. He prayed all night before calling them forward.
These times of prayer show Jesus' intense and intimate relationship with the Father. To be on this journey we also need this kind of relationship with the Father. Are we ready to fully make this commitment to being Jesus' followers?
Memorize these verses as a family: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Making it personal
What aspect of personal prayer do you need to address in your life? Is prayer important to you? If not, why not? The strength of a relationship is reflected in the level of communication; how would you grade your relationship with the Father?
Making it personal kids
In the song I Will Make You Fishers of Men there are two verses that talk about what happens when we forget to read our Bibles and forget to pray or what happens when we read our Bibles and pray every day. What does it mean to shrink in our relationship with God? Sing the song and think about the words as you sing those two verses.
Dear Father, give us a desire to meet with You in prayer more regularly and grow our relationship with You as we communicate more fully with You. Thank You. In Jesus' name, amen.