Three Biblical patterns of Jesus on how to pray and talk to God in your quiet time
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).
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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 and unpronounceable. We say “LORD” which means supreme one, all capitalized), as tradition.
We are unworthy to even speak of God’s name because our sinfulness but Jesus made us holy in God’s sight so we can go directly to the LORD and call Him “Our Father” (Hebrews 10:10). Thus, we are commanded to never speak His name in vain.
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)
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3. 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)