An Invitation to Prayer

An Invitation to Prayer

God and Jesus teach us to pray to them, and as we do so,they will wonderfully bless us!

Jesus set a great example in His own prayer life. The verse below gives us a glimpse into His walk with God: 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)

This example teaches us some vital ways we need to imitate Him in our prayer lives.  Jesus got up early in the morning, and He then went out to a solitary place to pray.We can begin our days alone with God before the busyness of life sets in. We can talk to God about all we have to do that day, and we can seek His guidance and protection. This helps us to begin our days feeling close to God and Jesus, and we can carry that connection with us throughout the rest of our day.

Jesus didn’t always pray alone. Once when He was very sad, He invited His disciples to go out and pray with Him:

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (Matthew 26:36-37)

Jesus invited his disciples to share in his prayer life—and in His sorrow. Jesus was overwhelmed as he thought about the suffering he was about to undergo on the cross, and he took those emotions to God in prayer. He invited His disciples to keep Him company and to pray with Him. This teaches us that we can invite other disciples into our prayers to support and encourage us when we are hurting.

Brothers and sisters, let us learn to pray as Jesus did. Let us devote ourselves to daily prayer every early morning, and any other time we want to connect with God. Our prayer lives will be a lifelong source of encouragement and love for us!

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