2023.03.05 - Steps Leading To The Cross - Praying Our Way Through

Midway Baptist Church Sermons

Mar 5 2023 • 38 mins

We are going to look this morning at the prayer life of Jesus. Luke gives us a summary statement here. This is not any particular day. This is a day that happened over and over again in the three years of Jesus’ active earthly ministry. I) Surveying the Prayer Life of Jesus 1. Jesus Prayed Alone (Matthew 14:23) 2. Jesus Prayed During Special Events (Luke 3:21) 3. Jesus Made Prayer a Priority (Luke 5:15-16) & (Luke 6:12) 4. Jesus Prayed Both Privately and Collectively (Luke 9:18) & (Luke 9:28) 5. Jesus Prayed During Times of Distress In the Garden (Luke 22:44) On the Cross Jesus prays out three times. First, (Luke 23:34) Second, (Matthew 27:46) Third, (Luke 23:46) II) Specific Principles from the Prayer Life of Jesus What do we learn from the prayer life of Jesus? What can we apply to our own prayer life as we meditate on the example of Jesus? 1. First, we see the priority to prayer in the life of Jesus. The discipline in Jesus’ prayer life stands out in several respects. A) A Certain Place (Luke 11:1) This phrase lends itself to the idea that Jesus had “certain places” He went to pray. Wilderness (Luke 5:16) Mountain (Luke 6:12 and 9:28) Garden (Luke 22:39) B) A Consistent Practice (Luke 5:16) Despite the many demands that are being made upon Jesus. He knew of the importance to slip away and pray on a regular basis. C) A Concrete Pattern (Luke 11:1) The teaching that follows in verse 2-4 serves as a model for praying—not words to necessarily be mimicked, but a pattern that serves as a concrete pattern. D) A Continuing Process Luke 22:44, 23:34, and 23:46 show us the continuing prayer life of Jesus. Paul said 1 Thess. 5:17 that we are to pray unceasingly. 2. Second, we see the purpose of prayer in the life of Jesus. If we have learned “how” he prayed by the discipline (priority) in His life, then we can learn “why” we pray by examining the things that Jesus prayed. Jesus prayed . . . • For refreshment (5:16) • In times of important decision (Luke 6:12) • In times of distress—In garden and on the cross • For the faith of the disciples (Luke 22:32) • For the unity of the disciples (John 17) Closing: Prayer is the key to unleashing human participation in the works of God. and Prayer is the key to unleashing Divine participation in the works of humanity. If Jesus prayed, how much more do we need to pray? Watch us on our YouTube channel, our website or our Facebook page https://www.youtube.com/@midwaybaptistnc1670 https://midwaybaptistnc.org https://facebook.com/midwaybaptistnc