With Jesus in the School of Prayer
Someone once summarized the Life of Christ as thirty years of perfect living, three years of perfect serving and teaching, one tremendous moment of death – and now 19 plus centuries of praying.
· Jesus prayed no matter what was ahead or behind Him.
· He lived in a whirlwind of activity.
· He was constantly eating, walking, talking, and sleeping with twelve men who never seemed to leave Him alone.
· Vast crowds, and desperate individuals sought him out.
· He was chided, rebuked, and even scoffed at by His own family.
· He was the personal target of Satan who tempted Him, Satan who tried to derail Him, and Satan who tried to destroy Him.
· He was attacked by every demon that could be rounded up to scream at Him, thrash around in front of Him, and seek to bother Him.
· Civil and religious authorities always plotting to catch Him, and take Him off for punishment and execution hounded him.
· His life was so full of people and ministry he didn't even have a moment to stop and eat.
· Yet in the midst of all that, what was He?
Peaceful, calm, focused, and confidently following God's will.
How did He do that?
If we follow Him, we can find His secret. Though we can never be sinless, we can learn and follow His pattern for the perfect life in step with God's will. So Jesus lived a super full, ultra busy, demanding life. But every time He was seen in the Scriptures He is quiet, composed and led by the Spirit. He was God, yet as man was living the perfect human life. What did that perfect life on earth have to keep it so strong? What was the secret? The secret is the times Jesus spent in prayer, alone with God, time in secret away from everything and everyone else.
Jesus was always praying.
Today you can revitalize your walk in this old world by starting or restarting a habit of cultivating time alone with God. Time in the Word and time in prayer, alone with God. The songwriter captures this solitude in secret with God:
There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God, a place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.
There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God, a place where we our Savior meet, near to the heart of God.
There is a place of full release, near to the heart of God, a place where all is joy and peace, near to the heart of God.
Chorus: O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God, hold us who wait before Thee near to the heart of God.
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