How to pray like Jesus

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How to talk to God according to the ways of Jesus

There are few people in the Bible that God talked to audibly. Although we have the Scriptures as a way to listen to Him, who wouldn’t want to hear His voice?. In Deuteronomy 5:24, God’s chosen people heard His voice from the fire yet lived. Our sinful mortal body will perish before a Holy God yet through Jesus, we can come to Him so we may know His perfect will for us. Jesus demonstrated how we should talk to God.

1. Pray in solitude | Luke 5:16

The Prophet Elijah spent time with God alone and God came to him in a “gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:9, 12). Likewise, King David tells us that God frequently led him to a “quiet water” to be restored (Psalm 23:1-3), but Jesus showed the ultimate example of how we should pray. Though He spent much time with the crowd, He spent more time going to a lonely (erēmos) place to pray. (Luke 5:16)

Jesus prayed very early in the morning, while it was still dark. He goes to a solitary place (lonely) to pray to His Father in heaven who is unseen” (Mark 1:35). So the next time you’re awakened at 3 AM, pray! Indeed, God tells us to be still to know that “He is God” (Psalm 46:10).

When you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

→ Why prayers are sometimes ignored.

2. Praise God’s Name | Matthew 6:9–10

Jesus taught us the way to pray and it begins with worshiping God’s name. The divine Tetragrammaton of His name “YHWH” (Exodus 3.13) is ineffable (incapable of being expressed in words) and unpronounceable. We say “LORD” which means supreme one, all capitalized, as tradition.

We are unworthy to speak of God’s name because of our sinfulness. Jesus made us holy in God’s sight so we can go directly to the LORD and call Him “Our Father” (Hebrews 10:10). We are commanded to never speak His name in vain because He is Holy.

Now, let it settle in your heart that you are a child of God and your Father in heaven is ‘The King of the Universe.’ There’s nothing impossible to Him! Therefore delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)

→ 5 Reasons why God doesn’t hear your prayers.

Etymology of God’s name : God’s name in the Bible are attributes (Abba, Elohim, El Roi, Elyon,and variations of Jehovah). The original Hebrew name of God was written as YHWH or JHVH. Vowels were later added when the Hebrew language became extinct giving us the name “YaHWeH” or “JeHoVaH,” which is not to say it is the correct pronunciation.

Interestingly, Jesus who is “one in the Father” (John 10:30), has the same title with God the Father – “I am” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58; Revelation 22:13). Therefore regardless of how you want to call God, He is our “FATHER” who hears us because of Jesus. (Hebrews 7:25)

Breakthrough Miracle: John drowned in icy lake.

3. Practice regular fasting

Biblical fasting is a time-honored tradition by God’s people. The Apostles frequently fasted and Jesus fasted for 40 days. Some people fast for the wrong reasons and it ends tragically. Once a week fasting is recommended.

→ Scientific and Biblical reasons for fasting.

4. Ask God’s will not yours | Mark 14:36

The Apostles reminds us to pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), but some prayers are left unanswered. Thing is, God looks at our heart and many times, we ask for the wrong things and motives (James 4:3). Though Jesus is God’s only begotten son, He sits on the throne with Him (Matthew 22:44). All things were created through Jesus (Colossians 1:16), yet, He tells His Father “Not My will but Yours be done.” (Mark 14:36)

Delayed is not denied

If you don’t hear from God, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t care or is punishing you – God is love. However, living in sin has consequences and the LORD disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:4-11). We may not always get the answer we want but only this way can God teach us to grow in faith. (Hebrews 11:1; 2 Corinthians 5:7)

On the other hand, unanswered prayers may seem denied but are actually delayed to accomplish a purpose. A delayed answer from God is often a test of faith. When God doesn’t move according to your timeline, it doesn’t mean He is ignoring you. God is never late, and if it is the right time, it will not delay. (Commentary on Daniel 10:12)

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