And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. (Matt. 14:23 NKJ)
If your prayer life needs encouragement, then you need not look any further. Just turn to the Gospels and read about the prayer life of Jesus.
After He had fed thousands in the verse above, and while the people were rejoicing in the miracle, He sent them away and went up on a mountain by Himself to pray. He was alone in prayer.
What do you think the apostles and the people He has just fed were doing while He was praying? They had just seen Him perform a wonderful miracle, but He retreats from them while they go on doing their usual stuff. Every man of God who has walked with God, and had any iota of impact on this earth, has learned this lesson: personal relationship with God in prayer.
Christians often admire the spiritual victories that more mature believers, or ministers, enjoy. Yet few of these Christians ever seek to know what these men and women of God do “behind the scenes.” In the same way, the people did not see Jesus praying in the evenings and sometimes all night long. They only saw the miracles He performed during the day.
Prayer does not know about advances in technology, changes in culture, or the increasing pace of the affairs of life. It remains a vital element in our relating with God.
And there is a reward for praying. You will personally build up and enjoy an intimate relationship with God, and there will be power available to change the circumstances of your life. Follow the Master. Be a man or woman of prayer for your own good.
Why do we often struggle with our prayer life? What are the specific reasons for this in your own life?
APPLY THE WORD
If you have not already done so, set aside a time each day that is devoted to prayer and to the Word.
Pray that the Lord will help you develop a prayerful spirit.
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