Daily Quiet Time: 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?. Through Jesus, we can talk freely to God so we may know His perfect will. Jesus demonstrated how we should speak 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. God’s divine name “YHWH” is ineffable (incapable of being expressed in words). We say “LORD” which means supreme one, all capitalized, as tradition.

Jesus made us holy in God’s sight so we can go directly to the LORD and call Him “Our Father” (Hebrews 10:10). You are a child of God by faith in Jesus, and your Father in heaven is ‘The King of the Universe.’ 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.

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 through Jesus. (Hebrews 7:25)

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

We pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), but some prayers are left unanswered. God looks at our heart,s and many times, we ask for the wrong things and motives (James 4:3). All things were created through Jesus (Colossians 1:16), yet, He tells His Father, “Not My will, but Yours be done.” (Mark 14:36)

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). A delayed answer from God is often a test of faith. God doesn’t always move according to your timeline. (Commentary on Daniel 10:12)

How do you interpret Bible verse?

When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, don’t try to complicate its meaning. Take every word of it as literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context are nonsense. (Rephrased, Dr. David L. Cooper, 1886-1965, founder of The Biblical Research Society)

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